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Location and Transportation

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Colville, the regional hub of Northeast Washington State, sits at the intersection of U.S. Route 395 (a roadway originally referred to as “The Three Flags Highway” since it traveled from Mexico to Canada through California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington) and State Highway 20, the northernmost cross state route.

It’s nestled between Colville National Forest, the Columbia River and the Selkirk Mountains. It is approximately 70 miles north of Spokane and just 40 miles south of the Canadian border.

Area topography includes the Columbia River at Lake Roosevelt, in addition to numerous smaller lakes; the Colville National Forest; the Salmo-Priest Wilderness and Stonerose Fossil site. The Pend Oreille River, one of the only north-flowing rivers in the world, is just east of here.

At 1,635 feet elevation, the climate offers the four seasons with normal summer temperatures reaching in the 90s during the day and cooling off comfortably at night. Fall delights include an array of dynamic colors with extended days of Indian Summer. Winter temperatures are mild, averaging a total of 30-36 inches of snowfall.

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Heavier snows in the mountains are a treat for snow enthusiasts. Spring brings an invitation to plant, as the growing season lasts between 110-130 days. The average rainfall is approximately 17 inches.

Transportation options include the Colville Municipal Airport, which is equipped with a 2,700-foot runway aligned with a 15-foot wide taxi way. The airport currently has the capacity to hold approximately 40 aircraft.

The closest commercial airport facility can be accessed nearby at Spokane International Airport, the second largest airport in the state. The modern facility is served by 10 commercial airlines and three air cargo carriers.

Additionally, Stevens County businesses rely on OmniTrax rail services to ship goods such as wood products, minerals, fertilizer and general merchandise. Other manufacturers use one of the many truck lines to ship goods across the country.

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