Metaline Falls USA
Hydro-electric project; powerhouse and dam located on the Pend Oreille River. Generates power for the city of Seattle, WA. Tours; Tuesday – Sunday
This area of Pend Oreille County, known as “The Metalines,” can claim to be the birth place of the International Selkirk Loop, as it was a Sullivan Lake District Ranger from the nearby Colville National Forest who originated the idea and helped to get it started.
Hwy 31 from the International Border south is also the route of the “The North Pend Oreille Scenic Byway.” Access to the Salmo-Priest Wilderness in the Selkirk Mountains on the Colville National Forest will take you to hiking trails traversing to pristine mountain lakes and ancient cedar groves delivering some of the most striking scenery Washington State has to offer.
“Sullivan Lake also has the Selkirk magic of the meeting of lake and forest.” – Joan Stevens, Portland, Oregon
This beautifully rugged country, once accessible only by river or on horseback, offers today’s traveler an opportunity to step back in time. Home to one of the largest diversities of big game animals found in the lower 48 states, the area also abounds with manyNational Historic Register buildings, such as the Historic Washington Hotel and the Cutter Theater, a nationally recognized Center for the Arts in Metaline Falls.
The town of Metaline Falls, which has been recognized as one of the “100 Best Small Arts Towns in America” for the past four years, is home to Spring Ding, a bluegrass/folk music festival held in March, Affair on Mainstreet, an Arts Festival on Labor Day weekend, and Deck the Falls Winter Festival, held the first weekend in December. The City Park has a restored rail baggage car that serves as a visitor kiosk with historic photos, and is the park terminus for the Pend Oreille Lions Club Train Tour from Ione.
Enjoy the area’s history and scenery at the Mill Pond Historic Interpretive Site just north of Metaline Falls on Sullivan Lake Road. Continue on the Sullivan Lake Road for access to 3 campgrounds run by the Sullivan Lake Ranger District. Stop by the District office located at the north end of Sullivan Lake to pick up hiking and camping information. Another popular attraction in the area is a guided tour of Gardner Cave atCrawford State Park, second largest limestone cave in Washington. Overlook access is 11 miles north of Metaline Falls, turn west to Boundary Dam, or 1.2 miles south of Metaline Falls where tours of the dam are available.
Even though it provided the backdrop for Kevin Costner’s futuristic movie, “The Postman,” Metaline Falls has successfully retained its early twentieth century mining and logging architecture and culture in its purest state. Large concrete cylinders are all that remain of the Lehigh Cement plant that provided concrete to build Grand Coulee Dam and others of the era.
Situated a few miles south of Metaline Falls and on the west side of Pend Oreille River is the small community of Metaline. There is a lovely community park, covered picnic area and boat launch here.
For more information visit the Pend Oreille River Tourism Alliance’s excellent website on Pend Oreille County.
Affair on Main Street takes place Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day Weekend on Main Street in Metaline Falls, Washington. Admission is free and activities include a lively clown, the Affair’s Can-Can Dancers and other Local Performers. The Metaline Falls UCC Church is sponsoring a breakfast that begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday on their lawn …
Metaline Falls USA
The Cutter Theatre, designed by Kirtland Cutter who also designed Spokane’s Davenport Hotel, is open for guided tours 12-3 Saturdays through Labor Day. Self-guided tours are possible Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm and by appointment. The 1912 school-turned performing arts theatre, rural schools museum, art gallery, library branch (& so much more) will turn 100 in 2012. What …
Clean restrooms with full size shower, laundry facilities, on-site picnic / meeting area. Spacious sites (some pull thru) complete with 50-30-20 amp electrical service, sewer, and water. Grassy area tent sites too! WiFi internet, Cable TV and long term phone hook-ups. Group rates available with 10 or more RV’s. Horseshoe pits. The Pend Oreille River, …
Metaline Falls USA
Singles, Doubles, park model home (living room, full kitchen, queen bedroom, bath, private 4 person hot tub), all with queen pillow-top mattress, goose down pillows and comforters, flat screen TV, microwave, refrigerator, telephone, community hot tub, wireless internet access. Luxury at an affordable price.
Visit Pend Oreille County where the Washington portion of the Selkirk Loop includes the charming communities of Newport, Usk, Cusick, Tiger, Metaline & Metaline Falls. This sparsely populated county holds a rich variety of wildlife and outdoor activities all along scenic route 20 & 31 which follows the Pend Oreille River and skirts along the …