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We are the only mountainous, mixed conifer forest refuge in the lower 48 states.  Scattered meadows, old fields, lakes and rivers dot our landscape.

  • General Info

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    Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge is 13 miles southeast of Colville, Washington in the northeast corner of the state.  Refuge Headquarters is open year round (except for Federal holidays) from 7:30 am to 4 pm. Vehicle traffic is restricted from January 1 through April 14 due to road conditions and to limit wildlife disturbance. Fees are not collected for visitor use. This Refuge is managed by the Federal Government and a Discover Pass is NOT required for access.

    The Refuge provides numerous recreation opportunities to thousands of visitors every year. Regulation of recreation activities is necessary to allow for public enjoyment of the Refuge while still protecting the wildlife and habitats. Recreational activities you may enjoy here include: wildlife observation, birding, photography, hiking, fishing, camping,  hunting, bicycling, horseback riding, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. For driving directions...

  • Auto Tour

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    Our new 11 mile long Auto Tour starts at Refuge headquarters with a new welcome and information sign at the visitor kiosk.  There are twelve interpretive stops with illustrated panels using color photos and drawings or historic black and white photos. Learn about the early homesteaders, railroad logging, unique habitats and past and current management practices. Several sites offer wildlife viewing opportunities as well as access for the mobility impaired. The route is open for driving from April 15 through December 31.

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  • Driving Directions

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    From Colville, Washington

    From Main Street (Highway 395) in Colville, follow Third Avenue (Highway 20) for 6 miles – you will be traveling east toward Tiger, WA. There is a brown and white sign at the intersection of Main and Third labeled “Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge 13 miles.” Just after passing White Mud Lake, make a right turn onto Artman-Gibson Road. The sign states the Refuge is 7 miles away. Travel 1.7 miles until reaching a 4-way intersection. Turn left onto Kitt-Narcisse Road and follow it for 2.2 miles where the road forks.  Take the right fork onto Bear Creek Road (a dirt road), and follow it for 3.3 miles. The Refuge headquarters is a brown log building.

    From Spokane, Washington

    Follow Highway 395 north. You can either drive all the way to Colville and follow the above directions, or exit the highway in Arden (about 6 miles south of Colville). From Arden, make a right turn off the highway at Hall Road (just past a lumber mill on the left). At the stop sign, turn left onto the Old Arden Highway and travel a short distance. At the third right, turn onto Artman-Gibson Road and follow it for approximately 4 miles until reaching a 4-way intersection. Turn right onto Kitt-Narcisse Road and follow it for 2.2 miles where the road forks.  Take the right fork onto Bear Creek Road (a dirt road), and follow it for 3.3 miles. The Refuge headquarters is a brown log building.

    From Newport, Washington

    Follow Highway 20 to Tiger, WA and continue on Highway 20 to where it intersects with Artman-Gibson Road (about 30 miles). turn left onto Artman-Gibson Road. The sign states the Refuge is 7 miles away. Travel 1.7 miles until reaching a 4-way intersection. Turn left onto Kitt-Narcisse Road and follow it for 2.2 miles where the road forks.  Take the right fork onto Bear Creek Road (a dirt road), and follow it for 3.3 miles. The Refuge headquarters is a brown log building.

    From British Columbia, Canada

    Travel to Metaline Falls, Washington from Route 6 in BC changing to Highway 31 in Washington. Contine to Tiger, WA and turn right on Highway 20. Continue on Highway 20 to where it intersects with Artman-Gibson Road (about 30 miles). turn left onto Artman-Gibson Road. The sign states the Refuge is 7 miles away. Travel 1.7 miles until reaching a 4-way intersection. Turn left onto Kitt-Narcisse Road and follow it for 2.2 miles where the road forks.  Take the right fork onto Bear Creek Road (a dirt road), and follow it for 3.3 miles. The Refuge headquarters is a brown log building.

    Or travel to Northport, Washington from Route 22 or 22A in BC to Highway 25 in Washington. Continue on Highway 25 to Kettle Falls, WA. Turn left onto Highway 395 to Colville, WA. From Main Street (Highway 395) in Colville, turn left on Third Avenue (Highway 20) for 6 miles – you will be traveling east toward Tiger, WA. There is a brown and white sign at the intersection of Main and Third labeled “Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge 13 miles.” Just after passing White Mud Lake, make a right turn onto Artman-Gibson Road. The sign states the Refuge is 7 miles away. Travel 1.7 miles until reaching a 4-way intersection. Turn left onto Kitt-Narcisse Road and follow it for 2.2 miles where the road forks.  Take the right fork onto Bear Creek Road (a dirt road), and follow it for 3.3 miles. The Refuge headquarters is a brown log building.