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part ofColville National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Mon Sep 07 2015   Season Dates


West Sullivan Campground is perched along the north shore of Sullivan Lake near the town of Metaline Falls, Washington in Colville National Forest. The campground provides a unique environment where campers can enjoy a variety of recreational activities.

The densely wooded terrain provides privacy at each site and plenty of shade for warm summer days. A small grassy airstrip adjacent to the campground allows campers to fly in by chartering a plane or bringing their own small aircraft.

Natural Features:

Presently, the Colville National Forest has 1.1 million acres in northeastern Washington and includes the Kettle River, Selkirk mountain ranges, and the upper reaches of the Columbia River.

The forest boasts exciting wildlife such as grizzly and black bears, cougars, bald eagles and the last remaining herd of caribou in the United States.

West Sullivan Campground sits at 2,200 feet on the shore of Sullivan Lake. The lake spans 1,291 acres with a depth of 320 feet. The region's abundance of aspen and maples create vibrant fall colors and springtime splendor.


The lake offers opportunities for sailing, power boating, kayaking, canoeing, swimming and water skiing. Boat ramps are located on the north and south ends of the lake in East Sullivan and Noisy Creek Campgrounds, and a sand swim beach is located at East Sullivan.

Anglers can fish for burbot (lingcod) and kokanee salmon in Sullivan Lake. Several nearby streams offer additional spots to cast a line.

Hikers enjoy the 4.2-mile Lakeshore Trail, which is a designated National Scenic Trail on the east side of Sullivan Lake. The nearby Salmo-Priest Wilderness offers multiple day outings with many excellent hikes and picturesque scenery.

Mountain bikers can enjoy several surrounding Forest Service roads and trails.


All sites at West Sullivan are accessible and the parking aprons are gravel and grass. Campsites do not have electric hookups, but each one comes with a picnic table and fire pit.

Drinking water and accessible vault toilets are provided.

Nearby Attractions:

The Mill Pond Historic Site, located 2 miles north of the campground, details the early history of Metaline Falls through a series of interpretive signing. A historic cabin is located along the interpretive trail which travels over the Mill Pond Spillway.

A scenic drive along the International Selkirk Loop offers numerous scenic attractions. Several forest road systems in the immediate vicinity offer great views of the Selkirk Mountains.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Beach
  • Birding
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Ranger Station
  • Sailing
  • Scenic Drive
  • Swimming
  • Trails
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Water Skiing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Historic Sites
Know Before You Go
  • Bears and cougars frequent the area; keep all food out of site in approved containers or locked inside your vehicle and remove all food from area after eating
  • There are no electric site hook-ups at this facility
  • This campground has first-come, first-serve sites
  • Limit 1 vehicle per site; this facility has no parking space for additional vehicles
  • For more information on Colville National Forest, click here

  • 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):
48.86139, -117.28833
48°51'41"N, 117°17'18"W

From Spokane, take Highway 31 north towards Ione (about 95 miles). About 1 mile south of Ione, turn onto Sullivan Lake Road (County Road 9345). Travel 13 miles to the north end of Sullivan Lake. Campground is located across from the Ranger Station.

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Information:  (509)446-7500
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