Group picnic area at Swan Lake in Colville National Forest

Swan Lake Kitchen Colville National Forest Group Site

A variety of activities await visitors at the open air Swan Lake Kitchen. Located within the Swan Lake Campground, in Ferry County Washington, the group site for up to 35 people is situated on a large, flat open space near the beach. It is an idyllic summer retreat that you’ll want to share with friends and family.

About Swan Lake

Swan Lake is a clear water lake in Colville National Forest

Swan Lake is a clear water lake that attracts fly fishers and anglers in the late spring and early summer. Fishermen hook  brook, rainbow, and cutthroat trout. During the mid to late summer months campers, hikers, and bicyclists flock to the area to enjoy the warm lake waters and hiking-biking trails. In the cooler fall months, hunters take advantage of the campground’s proximity to deer which frequent the fir- and spruce-lined hills of the national forest.

Lake visitors can expect to see squirrels, chipmunk, and woodpeckers. Black bear sometimes walk the trails in search of summer berries. Beaver chew on trees lining lake shore. Wildflowers, cattails, and water lilies can be seen.

Combustion engines are banned from the lake, making it a quiet place to relax in. Simply listen to the the calls of loons across the lake, children paddling in the sun-warmed shallows, or the quiet hum of an electric boat motor.

Details About Swan Lake Kitchen

The kitchen itself is located up the hill from the beach in the trees. The kitchen is accessible via a staircase from the parking area and a path from the beach. A day of swimming, boating, fishing or hiking can be topped off with a trip to the kitchen to wind down and enjoy a group meal.

Originally built in 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the site was historically preserved in 2009 and retains its charming historic character. Visitors to the site say its clean, beautiful and a great place to get away from it all with family. The campgrounds are located 14 miles from Republic, WA.

Things to Do at Swan Lake Kitchen

Swan Lake has a sandy beach with a swimming dock, plus access to the Swan Lake Trail #14. The trail boasts views of the lake and seasonal huckleberries. Wildlife watching is excellent and the lake is home to loons throughout most of the summer. The campgrounds feature a swimming dock, as seen here, and a dock by the lakeshore.

Picture of winning dock at sawn lake campgrounds Washington State

Swan Lake Campgrounds

Maintained by the US Forest Service, the Swan Lake campground provides community water spigots, bear-proof trash containers, fire grills, picnic tables, and well-maintained handicap accessible toilets. Most campsites are tree-shaded.

The area has 21 tent and trailer sites, 4 tent-only sites, 1 group site. For day hikers, motel, inn, and RV accommodations are nearby in Republic and Curlew, Washington.

Facilities

The covered kitchen comes with several picnic tables, a campfire ring, a stone fireplace, drinking water, vault toilets and garbage containers. The site is suited to groups of 35.

Natural Features and Swan Lake Trail #14

At an elevation of 3,640 feet, Swan Lake Kitchen is located in a wooded area overlooking the 52-acre Swan Lake. The kitchen is on the north end of the lake near the swimming beach. The site is also located near Swan Lake Trail #14.

The 1.1 million acre Colville National Forest lies in the northeast corner of Washington. The forest’s great salmon runs first attracted native Americans to the area, then miners, homesteaders and fur trappers followed. The variety of resources and natural beauty in the region continues to attract visitors.

The Swan Lake Trail #14 is an easy hike, but a tougher bike ride. The trail is best used in the spring, summer and autumn months. Access the trail: 7.5 miles south of Republic on Hwy. 21; turn west on Road 53/Scatter Creek Road and travel 8 miles on paved road to Swan Lake Campgrounds.

The Swan Lake Trail circles Swan Lake, beginning at the parking lot or community kitchen. By late summer, there are huckleberries along the trail.

How to Get to Swan Lake Kitchen

Address 650 E Delaware Ave, Republic, WA 99166

The Republic Ranger Station and the Stonerose Interpretive Center are 15 miles north in the town of Repbulic.From Seattle take Highway 2 east to Wenatchee, Highway 97 north to Tonasket, then Highway 20 east to Republic. From Republic take Highway 21 south seven miles to paved Forest Road 53 (Scatter Creek). Travel on FR 53 approximately seven miles to the entrance of Swan Lake Campground. The kitchen area is located at the far end of the campground. (509)775-7400.

Swan Lake Kitchen FAQs

Do I need a reservation to stay at Swan Lake Kitchen?

Yes. Reservations are required at Swan Lake Kitchen. Site is available by reservation at Recreation.gov (1-877-444-6777). 35 Max Occupants. The kitchen site is open from Memorial Day to Sept. 30 of each year.

How much does Swan Lake Kitchen cost?

Group Camping: $35/group site (Reservation only) with a one time transaction fee of $10.

What is the max length of a vehicle allowed at Swan Lake campgrounds?

Vehicles should be no more than 30 feet long.