Named after Washington’s first territorial governor, Isaac Stevens, the Stevens Territory represented an area covering what are now 13 counties.
Stevens County provides plenty of safe, family friendly communities with a list of activities of interest. The first weekend in August is Rendezvous Days in Colville, or the family can enjoy Chataqua Days in Chewelah, Town and Country Days in Kettle Falls, the Marcus Ciderfest in October and the Northeastern Washington Fair in Colville. Every Father’s Day weekend in Colville, the fairgrounds host the Colville Rodeo, while the Arden Old Timers Rodeo is held every year in early summer at the Arden Arena.
One could not reside in Stevens County and not take advantage of the plethora of outdoor activities. For snow lovers, there are over 300 miles of groomed snowmobile trails between the Canadian border and Spokane. Anglers can choose from 23 different fish species in the area and the dozens of lakes. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy an 18-hole course plotted on the valley and framed with ponds, wetlands and the mountain landscape. For hikers, backpackers and campers, plenty of trails range from easy to hard, while the National Park Service operates 19 campgrounds along the 151 miles of lake. Larger boats and houseboats are at home on Lake Roosevelt behind the Grand Coulee Dam, while canoes and rafts can find fun on the Kettle River.
There are more than 300 lakes in Stevens County and 175 creeks for plenty of water activities. Among them lies Loon Lake, a 1,120 acre lake that’s great for fishing, Waits Lake of 455 acres with two resorts on the lake, Deep Lake in northern Stevens County with a public boat launch and popular for Rainbow Trout and Cutthroat, while Deer Lake offers a resort setting for a quiet day fishing and boating, water skiing, sand volleyball, horseshoes or a hike in the woods. Lake Roosevelt was formed by the Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River, stretching 151 miles and containing the widest variety of freshwater fish found in the state in one lake. Long Lake and Spokane River are also popular spots. With over 660 miles of lakeshore and over 30 recreational areas in Lake Roosevelt Recreations Area, residents are sure to find something to suit their fancy.
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