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Kettle River Campground is an unstaffed campground near Kettle Falls, surrounded by thick forests of ponderosa pine and douglas fir. A variety of wildlife inhabit the area, and visitors can access the Kettle River for shoreline fishing or birding. Nearby attractions include the historic St. Paul's Mission and Sherman drive.


Kettle River is a shady campground on the banks of the Kettle River. Most of the sites are on the shoreline and have beautiful views of the Kettle River and surrounding landscape. Kettle River does not have a boat launch but does have a courtesy dock. This campground is a great place for birding, with a variety of waterfowl and raptors seen in the area. Kettle River Campground is typically quiet and doesn’t often fill.


Kettle River Campground is popular with families to camp. They can easily access the Kettle River for shoreline fishing or birding. 


Kettle River Campground is a reservation only campground with 13 sites. There are picnic tables, fire pits, and water access located within the facility.

Natural Features

Kettle River Campground provides ample shade with thick forests of ponderosa pine, and douglas fir trees. The lake area is abundant with wildlife, including moose, elk and deer. Quite a few bald eagles have been spotted around Kettle River, and dozens of species of fish inhabit the lake, such as walleye, bass, rainbow trout, salmon and sturgeon. Fishing for sturgeon is now allowed during a short season. Much of the water in the originates from glaciers and snow in the cold, high Canadian Rockies, though temperatures are pleasant to swim in during summer.

Nearby Attractions

The historic St. Paul's Mission, which is run by the National Park Service, is located about 7.4 miles south of the campground in the town of Kettle Falls. Also in the area are Fort Colville and the Hudson Bay Company Post on the Upper Columbia. St. Paul's Mission. Sherman drive, a scenic loop, is nearby.


This location is unstaffed. To speak with our main office for general information, please call: (509) 754-7889.

Charges & Cancellations

All changes and cancellations must be made through recreation.gov

Late Cancellations or Cancellations within the Cut-off Window

Individual Campsites: A customer who cancels a reservation the day before or on the day of arrival will pay a $10.00 service fee AND forfeit the first night's use fee (not to exceed the total paid for the original reservation). Cancellations for a one-night reservation will forfeit the entire amount paid and will not be subject to an additional service fee.

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