|Tribe - Colville
The Colville Tribe
The Colville Reservation is located between the Okanogan and Columbia Rivers and consists of 1.4 million acres. We are surrounded by National Forests on three sides, the Okanogan and Colville National Forests, including the Pasayten and Lake Chelan Sawtooth Wilderness, together make up one of the largest roadless areas in North America. Just 260 miles from Seattle, and 80 miles from Spokane, we offer a quiet and enjoyable retreat from the city.
The Colville Reservation is home to twelve Tribes and we'd like you to get to know us. We are the Lakes, Okanogan, Entiat, Chelan, Methow, Moses Columbia, Nespelem, Palouse, San Poil, Nez Perce, Colville and Wenatchis. You can learn more about us at our tribal museum and gift shop in the town of Coulee Dam (just cross the bridge at Grand Coulee Dam and look for our signs). Colville Tribal Enterprise Corporation (CTEC), the Tribe's economic development arm began modestly in 1984 to provide employment for tribal members in construction and the forest industry, today offers visitors a variety of recreational opportunities.
Our fleet of 30 fully-equipped houseboats, including four 59-foot long luxury craft, is available to cruise the 150-mile-long Lake Roosevelt behind Grand Coulee Dam. You can also rent skiffs, and powerboats for waterskiing, fishing or exploring. In conjunction with the National Park Service we maintain campsites on Lake Roosevelt where summer water temperatures average 70 degrees. For more information see www.rrehouseboats.com or call 1-800-648-LAKE.
At Rainbow Beach Resort, located a few miles west of Inchelium, offers rustic lakeside cabins, some with fireplaces and wood stoves on beautiful Twin Lakes. The natural lakes, hidden in pine forest, are stocked with trout and bass and offers great fishing year round.
We also invite you to enjoy the games and entertainment at our three casinos: Mill Bay Casino on Lake Chelan; the Coulee Dam Casino, and the Okanogan-Bingo Casino overlooking the Okanogan River. While at Mill Bay, you can enjoy the lake, scenery and have your pick of the many beautiful resorts along Lake Chelan. The Okanogan-Bingo Casino not only offers slots but high stakes bingo and grand prize giveaways. When you stop by our casino in Coulee Dam, you can visit the 8th wonder of the world- Grand Coulee Dam. For information see www.colvillecasinos.com or call 1- 800-556-7492.
Visitors are also welcome to enjoy fancy dancing competition when dancers from all over the country converge at our Fourth of July Powwow, held on the original Chief Joseph encampment site, the second week in July, and to witness the most famous horse race in the world: our "Suicide Run and Powwow" at the Omak Stampede in August. Also, join us for the annual "Quest Adventure Race" in September. This race will be held on the Colville Indian Reservation in northeastern Washington. Competitors will get a chance to run, canoe/kayak, mountain bike, and rappel. For more event details, visit www.colvilletribes.com/thequest, or for more information about our Tribe, visit www.colvilletribes.com.
Lake Roosevelt Recreation Area
Opportunities for boating, fishing, swimming, camping, canoeing and visiting historic Fort Spokane and St. Paul's Mission are highlights of visiting Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area. The Colville Tribe operates a houseboat rental service from here.
Getting there: From Hwy 2 at Davenport, turn north onto Hwy 25. Go north on Hwy 25 to mile marker 20. When you can visually see mile marker 20, there will be a road you can turn left . Turn left and follow the road 2 miles to the Stop Sign. Turn left and travel approximately 4 miles to the Seven Bays Marina sign, turn right and follow the road until you reach the Marina.
Plan for a full day of recreational activity.