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PANHANDLE, WA

part ofColville National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: PANHANDLE
Status: Closed through Thu May 14 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

Panhandle Campground is set in a heavily forested area on the Pend Oreille River in northeast Washington. This small campground offers sites with views of the river, plus a swimming area right along the campground.

Natural Features:

The campground stretches along the east bank of the Pend Oreille River. A thick middlestory offers good privacy between campsites. The Pend Oreille River flows north for about 130 miles into Canada and merges with the Columbia River. The beautiful mountains and valleys were shaped by glaciers in the Ice Age.

The Colville National Forest encompasses 1.1 million acres in the northeast corner of Washington State. The forest's great salmon runs first attracted Native Americans to the area, then miners, homesteaders and fur trappers. Its variety of resources and natural beauty continues to attract visitors today.

Recreation:

Canoeing and birding are popular activities. Small wetlands areas lie on the south end of the campground, attracting an abundance of birds. Excellent fishing opportunities for bass and trout exist in the river as well.

Power boating and water skiing are possible on the wide, deep Pend Oreille River. Boating speeds are limited to 35 mph. A boat ramp is located on-site.

Facilities:

Sites are suitable for tents and large RVs. Most sites are private and all are within a short walk of the river. Drinking water, vault toilets and picnic tables are among the campground's amenities.

Nearby Attractions:

Cruise the forest roads within a 30-mile radius and find an abundance of scenic overlooks and chances to see wildlife.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Host
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Swimming
  • Tent Pads
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
Know Before You Go
  • Bears and cougars frequent the area; keep all food out of sight in approved containers or locked inside your vehicle and remove all food from the area after eating
  • No electric hookups at this facility
  • This campground has first-come, first-served sites
  • A fee will be charged for additional vehicles
  • Entrance gates are locked from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Click here for more information on Colville National Forest


  • Don't Move Firewood: Please protect Pacific Northwest forests by preventing the spread of invasive species. Firewood can carry insects and diseases that can threaten the health of our western forests. You can make a difference by obtaining and burning your firewood near your camping destination. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
48.51, -117.27139
48°30'36"N, 117°16'17"W

From downtown Newport, travel east on U.S. Highway 2 for 0.75 miles. Immediately after crossing the Pend Oreille River bridge, turn left on LeClerc Road and travel 32 miles north to Panhandle Campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

PANHANDLE
15021 LECLERC RD
CUSICK  WA  99119

Phone Number:

Information:  (509)447-7300
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