Wildlife Viewing Areas
 Search the U.S.
Find an AnimalFind a Viewing AreaPlan a TripAboutContact

 

Purchase the Washington wildlife viewing guide
Colville National Forest—Big Meadow Lake
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 ba...
more info

Colville National Forest—Little Vulcan Mountain
Description: This unique canyon wall site in the Kettle River Valley is home to a conspicuous herd of bighorn sheep. Forests, open grassy slopes, aspen groves and small springs also harbor mule deer. Yellow-bellied marmots bask in the sun atop rocks. Red-tailed hawks and golden eagles nest in the area and soar on valley updrafts.

Wildlife to Watch: High probability of seeing bighorn sheep off West Kettle River Road yearround: best in early fall and spring. Binoculars or spotting scope recommended. Moderate to high probability of seeing mule deer and birds of prey. Marmots most active in summer.

Special Tips: Primitive area. Can view animals from road edge across river. Trail on site is steep, and off-trail areas harbor rattlesnakes, so watch your footing! Carry drinking water!

Ownership: USDA Forest Service 
Size: NA 
Closest Town: Curlew, WA

Facilities:
ParkingHiking

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:
SpringFall

Little Vulcan Rock Face - Photo by USDA Forest Service
Map
Please use Map Link below

Driving Directions:
West of Curlew on West Kettle River Road. Vantage points along this road or on Forest Service road 2148. To access primitive trail, travel up Co. Rd. 615, then left on FS road 2114. GPS location is of most bighorn sheep sightings, not of vantage point or trailhead.

Map Link

 
Colville National Forest—Little Vulcan Mountain : Wildlife Viewing Area