By volume, the Columbia is the fourth-largest river in the U.S., and it has the greatest flow of any North American river draining into the Pacific. Several dams along the Columbia River prevent our area from getting the Salmon and Steelhead runs/migrations, however, White sturgeon, which take 15 to 25 years to mature, typically migrate between the ocean and the upstream habitat several times during their lives. The sturgeon that occupy these waters are landlocked. The primary native fish that anglers target in these waters is the Redband Rainbow Trout. These are hearty, strong, native trout that are a thrilling favorite for visiting fly fisherman and gear fisherman alike. Other species of non-native fish occupying the waters of the Upper Columbia include Walleye and Northern Pike. Less commonly caught but present species include Mountain Whitefish, Burbot, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Cutbow Trout and Northern Pike Minnow.
More information on fishing in the Pacific Northwest can be found at the Washington State Department Fish and Wildlife website, where you can view Fishing Reports, Stocking Reports & Fish Counts, and The Weekender Report.
Northeast Washington is the home to a vast wilderness populated with Elk, Deer (White Tail and Mule), Bear, Sheep, Moose, Turkey, Waterfowl, and other small game. We have a yearly contingent of hunters that stay with us as their home away from home while pursuing their game of choice. We invite you to come stay with us during hunting season and make some memories! We do not currently partner with any hunting guides, but there are several resources available on the Washington State Fish and Wildlife website. There you can learn about Regulations & Seasons, Game Species, and The Weekender Report.
The Upper Columbia River and Lake Roosevelt can be great for boating and water activities. However, the various activities that are available depend on the time of year and runoff conditions. Access to the Columbia River/Lake Roosevelt is easy. There is an open year-round and free boat launch located in Northport, WA and the China Bend Boat Launch is located minutes south of Northport on Hwy 25.
There are also small lakes nearby for fishing and water recreation as well.
We suggest that you bring most of your items needed for an enjoyable stay with you (groceries, outdoor gear, and hunting and fishing supplies). However, forgotten items may be found at the convenience store/gas station, River’s Edge Chevron.
Ferraro Foods, A boutique grocery store in Rossland, B.C., offers a larger selection of foods (both produce and packaged goods) than our local store. If you plan on visiting Rossland, keep in mind this is an option for grocery shopping.
Mook Thai Lounge, (1-250-362-0022) 2115 Queen St, Rossland, BC V0G 1Y0, Canada. This is a local gem that is being discovered by those traveling from afar. Excellent Thai food in an extremely unique setting, AN OLD FIRE HOUSE, complete with the brass slide poles, truck bays, and a stage for live music! The staff is incredibly friendly and the owner greets customers routinely. If you enjoy Thai food or asian cuisine in general, this is a MUST go place to visit for dinner.
RED Mountain, THIS IS A LOCAL SECRET and PRIVATELY OWNED, unlike the other big mountain chains throughout the US and Canada. Rated as one of the TOP ski and snowboarding mountains in NORTH AMERICA! On a fresh powder day, nowhere beats RED. They also offer snow bike rentals and SnowCat skiing. We HIGHLY recommend a day trip across the border to ski while you stay with us at Columbia Cottages!
Seven Summits Hiking/Mountain Biking Trail, Seven Summits Trail is a 17.9 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Rossland, British Columbia, Canada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.