Ask, “How’s the fishing?” to anyone who has fished Curlew Lake, as well as Ferry County’s many other lakes and rivers, and the answer you’ll likely receive is, “The fishing is great!” In the spring and early summer, you’ll find it…
Things to Do
Curlew Lake is a long, narrow lake, nestled in the glacier-carved hills north of Republic, Washington. Little known outside of Washington State, this lovely, seven-mile-long lake has been the summer hangout for generations of families from Seattle and Spokane, who vacation and hold family reunions at the lake.
Tent camp site at Curlew Lake State Park. Launch a boat, fish from the dock, swim off their sandy beach…. Curlew Lake State Park, located ten miles north of Republic, Washington (in Ferry County), offers visitors a lines-free boat launch and choice of 82 campsites dotted across the park’s 127 acres of uncrowded, grass-covered hills. […]
17812 Hwy. 21, North Curlew, WA 99118 (509) 779-4648 or (509) 775-3521 Open June 28, 2014 through Labor Day, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. No admission charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. The Antique Auto and Truck Museum has a wonderful collection of antique automobiles, including a 1925 Howard Cooper (one […]
ATVs and off-road vehicles ready for a group ride. ATV, UTV, and Dirt Bikes Welcome! Ferry County is known for its scenic beauty, fine fishing, hiking, water sports, and uncrowded hunting areas, but it is also has ATV trails that open up the area’s beautiful scenery and view points to off road enthusiasts. For […]
A tradition born of bootlegging…. Just how long does it take for a barrel to travel along the Kettle River from the Midway Bridge at Ferry, Washington to the Town Bridge of Curlew, Washington? In an annual event, that’s been taking place since 1950 (with a short hiatus in the 1970’s), folks in Curlew challenge […]
Located west on Kettle River Rd from Hwy 21, Beal Park is a small, road-side park located on the Kettle River (approximately seven miles west of the town of Curlew). Beal is one of four small parks created through the auspices of the Ferry County and Stevens County commissioners. The actual land was donated by […]
Red Tailed Hawk resting on Ponderosa Pine at Curlew Lake, WA. Northern Ferry County and northeastern Okanogan County are dominated by a relatively high mountain range on the east (the Kettle Range) and the Okanogan highlands on the west. Bisecting these mountains is Curlew Lake, drained to the south by the San Poil River and […]
Many of the locations below can be worked into one-day driving loops, though dependability of bird sightings will depend on the season, day, and time of your visit. 1. Mud Lake A small pothole lake surrounded by marsh and wetland, and then bordered by open pasture land. During the spring and fall, Mud Lake is an […]
In 1901, the cable ferry used to cross the Kettle River at Curlew, Washington was replaced by the sturdy Curlew Bridge, a one-lane bridge, which is still in use. The photogenic Curlew Bridge provides attractive east/west views of the the Kettle River. The bridge, though narrow and antique in appearance, is still actively used by […]
If it has been awhile since you enjoyed the excitement of small-town, dirt-track racing, this is the perfect time to reacquaint yourself with the experience.
Located a half mile south of Republic, Washington on Pendry Road, the nonprofit Eagle Track Raceway Association hosts 3/8 mile, dirt-track, stock car racing. Classes include Modified, Street Stock, and Fever Four (Fever-4).
Enjoy the Simple Pleasures of A County Fair…. Looking for an end-of-the-summer weekend that doesn’t involve smog, traffic-choked streets, expensive parking, and crowd-clogged events? Then skip Seattle’s Bumbershoot and plan to attend the annual Ferry County Fair in Republic, Washington. A scenic, five-and-a-half-hour drive from Seattle, the fair provides visitors with all the fun and […]
Ride a country fair merry-go-round at the Ferry County Fairgrounds and experience the golden age of carousels…. In 1958 a group of local ranchers cosigned a $2000.00 loan to purchase a portable Country Fair style carousel, with 24 hand-carved horses, that they’d located in Tacoma, Washington. They carried it back to Republic, Washington in the […]
View of rail trail trestle from Ferry County Rail Trail path. The Ferry County Rail Trail encompasses a 28-mile corridor from the San Poil Mill site ( three miles outside of Republic, WA) north to the Canadian Border. The rail bed, once part of the Great Northern Railroad, is now a beautiful trail that passes […]
This off-the-beaten path, but easily-accessed lake offers visitors to the Colville National Forest a tranquil location to camp, fish, and hike. With its handful of camp sites and ban on combustion engines, the lake is quiet enough to hear ducks and loons calling to each other across the lake.
A tiny, clear-water lake, perfect for fly fishing…. Slightly more than a pond and a bit less than a full-fledged lake, tree- and cattail-lined Fish Lake, Washington is set high in the hills of the Colville National Forest, just a third of a mile drive or an easy hike from the Long Lake campgrounds. Frequented […]
Find out where the rainbow trout, tiger muskie, and bass fish are hiding. Discover great, year-round bait and troll fishing at Curlew Lake in Ferry County, Washington. Your best fishing opportunities are pen-reared rainbow trout in spring and early summer, large mouth bass in summer and fall, and tiger muskies year round (check regulations for […]