Colville National Forest—Elk Creek Trail The Elk Creek trail is a 2.1 mile loop trail that is excellent for birding. The trail passes through mixed hardwood / conifer forest and open shrub / grass field habitats. The trail provides superior views of Mill Pond and the surrounding mountains. At one point you will cross a foot bridge over ... more info
Colville National Forest—Big Meadow Lake
Description: This forested mountain lake and wetlands are a magnet for wildlife typical of the Selkirk Range. White-tailed and mule deer are common; also watch for moose and beaver. Goldeneyes, buffleheads and other ducks migrate from the coast to nest on small islands and around the lake. Common loons and bald eagles frequent the lake in summer. A wide variety of dragonflies hunt along the lake and riparian edges and in the meadow. An observation tower, barrier-free fishing platform, barrier-free trail and small campground exist on the site.
Main season of operation is Memorial Day until Labor Day. Minimal fee charged for overnight camping.
Wildlife to Watch: High probability of seeing deer on roads and around lake; moose are best seen near dawn and dusk. Beaver reside in Big Meadow Lake and old dams exist on the creek. Barrier-free Big Meadow Trail leads to an observation tower with excellent views of wetlands.
Ownership: USDA Forest Service
Size: NA Closest Town: Ione, WA
Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:
Driving Directions: From Ione: From WA State Highway 31, take County Road 2714 west about 3.2 miles to County Road 2695 (if you mark your mileage from the edge of town it will be shorter). Turn left (southwest) on 2695 and drive for about 5.3 miles until you pass the lake on your left (south). Enter the site on the west side of the lake. From Colville: From U.S. Highway 395, take State Highway 20 (Tiger Highway) east for about 1.5 miles.
Across from airport near top of hill, turn left (north) onto County Road 9435 and drive about 19.5 miles to County Road 4702 (see sign on right side of 9435). Go right (east) onto 4702 and drive about 4.3 miles to where 4702 turns into County Road 2695...stay on 2695 for about 1.9 mile to the entrance to the campground/trail area.