Swan Lake is a clear-water lake located in the Colville National Forest. In the late spring and summer months, the lake is frequented by local anglers and fly fishers after brook, rainbow, and cutthroat trout. The mid- to late-summer months attract campers, hikers, and bicyclists to 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. Black bear are occasionally spotted walking the trails in search of summer berries. Beaver chew on trees lining lake shore.
Because combustion engines are banned from the lake, the harshest sounds campers and day visitors are likely to hear are the calls of loons across the lake, children paddling in the sun-warmed shallows, or the quiet hum of an electric boat motor.
Campgrounds, Trails & Hiking
Swan Lake’s campground is maintained by the US Forest Service. The campgrounds have community water spigots, bear-proof trash containers, fire grills, and picnic tables. Most campsites are tree-shaded. The Swan Lake Trail circles Swan Lake, beginning at the parking lot or community kitchen. By late summer, there are huckleberries along the trail. Warning: Bears are sometimes spotted on the trails.