The city of Kettle Falls in northeast Washington is nestled among high mountains and alongside the Columbia River and the river’s reservoir, Lake Roosevelt, making this a prime spot for outdoor recreation for you and your fur-pup! When it was developed, the city was a center for shipping for the logging, agriculture and paper industries, and there continues to be a presence of all three here. And while there are no veterinarians right in Kettle Falls, there is one only a few miles away in Colville, and others in Chewelah and Deer Park. If your pup becomes ill or injured, they’re ready to take good care of him! Woofderful!
The Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area is a jewel that was created by the building of the Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River in 1941, creating a 130-mile long lake surrounded by campgrounds, boat launches and other outdoor opportunities. There is a total of 27 public campgrounds and 22 boat launches on the lake. Kettle Falls is one of only 2 recreation areas that provide all 12 of the possible amenities available, such as a variety of campsites, waste disposal, hookups, drinking water, boat launches and picnic areas. Accessible from Kettle Falls’ Campground Rd, and reserved at very reasonable rates, this leashed dog-friendly campground and recreation area is an ideal place to spend some time in Kettle Falls while experiencing first-hand the activities like hiking and boating that are fun to do with Fido. There are even boat-in campgrounds! Pawrrific!
The Kettle Falls City Center is home to the Happy Dell Park, a recreational park with ball fields and a playground, but also dog-friendly walking paths and a pawrrific campground with 3 sites where pups are welcome! Amenities abound, like public restrooms, picnic tables and BBQ pits, and a pavilion where summer concerts can be attended by all members of the family, including Fido! Just bring a quad chair or a blanket and listen to blues, jazz and country under the stars! Or watch your local team’s Little League Game with your furry bestie! Find the park just south of Rte. 395 in Kettle Falls.
This town neighboring Kettle Falls is where you’ll find the dog-friendly Sherman Creek State Wildlife Recreation Area, almost 9,000 acres that lie on the west side of Lake Roosevelt. This is a mostly forested tract of land, with forest roads covering several miles and with meadows scattered among the dense trees. You and your fur-pup may see raptors in the sky and trees, or bears, deer and small mammals on the ground. Beautiful and fragrant wildflowers like wild lupin and daisies line the sides of the roads as well. The Creek and its tributaries make for fine splashing for your canine companion, but be sure to keep him on his leash for his safety and to protect the wildlife. Pawrrific!
This small town near Kettle Falls is home to Copper Butte Mountain, part of the Kettle Mountain Range. Although this is considered a small mountain, there’s no real mountaineering involved for you and your fur-pup to get to the top. It’s just a pleasant walk on a nice trail called the “Old Stage Route” trail, and it only takes about 3 hours. When you reach the top of Copper Butte, you’ll be treated to views of Canada and the western, more familiar mountains like the Cascades. There are 2 benches and a cairn at the top for those among us who need a rest or are meditative. The road to the top is lovely, with wildflowers and trees along its stony, but easy path. This is a fine place to spend a morning or afternoon with your pawsome fur-buddy taking a walk. Furbulous!
This neighborhood in nearby Colville is home to the pup-welcoming Colville National Forest, with over a million acres of forest, over 100 miles of trails, and many campgrounds. Colville shares the Forest with several surrounding communities. In addition to the trails, there are miles of forest roads that allow humans and their pups to get anywhere in the park quickly and easily. In the winter the trails are perfect for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing with your furry bestie, too. There are many places where you and Fido can lay your heads, depending on what kind of camping you’re up for: camping, wilderness, RV, tent, or cabins. The Snow Peak Trailhead here is about a mile long, and depending on the season, is a great trail for hiking, skiing or snowshoeing! With lots to do and see in the Corville National Forest, this is a must for you and your fur-pup! Pawsome!
Colbert is a town to the southeast of Kettle Falls, and this neighborhood of Colbert is where the Mt Spokane State Park resides. It’s one of the largest state parks, with 100 miles of trails in the Selkirk Mountains. Hikers and their pups can walk among lupine and other wildflowers, through forests and meadows. In the summer here, the ripe huckleberries are yours for the taking, and fireweed is everywhere. The denizens of this park include moose and deer, elk and small mammals, along with raptors and other birds. A smorgasbord for Fido’s senses! In the winter, bring your pup with you as you ski cross-country or snowshoe through the sparkling snow, seeking hares through the trees, but do remember to keep your fur-baby leashed. When you’ve had enough exercise for the day, bed down in one of Mt Spokane’s 8 campgrounds, which feature water and flush restrooms. Woof!