Ferry County Rail Trail
Republic to Danville, Washington
25 Miles of Unparalleled Beauty
August Fundraiser Exceeds Goal
Huge thank you to everyone who made our August fundraiser a massive success! See the article below from this week’s Ferry County View. We realize these are difficult financial times for many of us, and our local businesses too. Our Board is overwhelmed with this outpouring of support and we can’t wait to put these resources to good use. Fall colors are almost here! Hope to see you out on the trail, and as always, check our FB and website for construction updates and trail conditions. On behalf the FCRTP Board, THANK YOU. – Bobby Whittaker, President
Group exceeds fundraising target
REPUBLIC – The Ferry County Rail Trail Partners announced Monday their August fundraiser brought in a grand total of $17,250, shattering the original goal of $10,000.
The funds will be used to repair three washouts that divided the trail and hampered ongoing surfacing plans. The group is on track to complete development of the County’s 25-mile non-motorized rail trail, but flooding in recent years has created unanticipated challenges. The group has had to adapt and refocus efforts to repair the damage.
“With the money raised, we can really get cooking and connect the whole trail,” said Keith Bell, FCRTP vice president. “Work is expected to start soon at West Deer Creek, the first of the three bridge decks to be installed.”
“We had 77 individual donations; most were local, though we did have one all the way from Australia,” said FCRTP President Bobby Whittaker. “The outpouring of support illustrates how much our community enjoys this trail. We also recognize it as an economic driver that brings much needed recreational tourism to the area.”
According to a report released in July by the State of Washington Recreation and Conservation Office, people spend $26.5 billion annually in Washington to enjoy their favorite outdoor activities. This includes trips to local, state and national parks, as well as outdoor recreation gear, equipment and repair services.
“Outdoor recreation is a bright spot today with many getting outside because alternative activities are closed,” said Kaleen Cottingham, director of the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office, one of three organizations that commissioned the report. “This study shows the money people spend recreating benefits our local economies. Washington is known as a premiere destination for outdoor recreation. We should think strongly about continuing to invest in our outdoor assets—to maintain our trails, redesign overcrowded boat launches, repair deteriorated campgrounds and build new places to recreate—as a way to improve our economic future and enhance the beautiful places we all enjoy.”
FC Rail Trail Location and Sections
Ferry County Rail Trail, a non-motorized trail, is located in north central Washington, extending near the town and county seat of Republic to Danville, next to the Canadian border for a distance of over 24 miles. The main access highways are by Highway 97 through the Okanogan Valley or by Highway 395 from Colville – Spokane. Republic is located on State Highway 20 that connects Highway 97 to Highway 395.
(See the Map Menu above for maps of the different trail sections)
The south start of the non-motorized Rail Trail is on Herron Creek Road. From there it winds along Curlew Lake, crosses the lake at the north end on the trestle, to the intersection of Kiwanis Road, a distance of about 5.5 miles.
The center section of the trail travels over unfinished rail bed to Lundimo Meadows Road, just south of the town of Curlew. This area represents Phase 5 of the surfacing project and is expected to be completed in 2021. This part of the trail travels parallel to Highway 21 for an approximate distance of over 9 miles .
The north section from the town of Curlew to the town of Danville at the British Columbia border, travels along the Kettle River and through a short tunnel. The trail is still running parallel to Highway 21, except on the east side of the river. This distance is approximately 10 miles.
The trail’s remote features are home to wildlife. It is not uncommon to see bald eagles, osprey, ducks and geese, mule and whitetail deer and maybe a brown bear.
If one does not want to travel this far away from town, there is the Golden Tiger Trail, which has both ATV and bike path and starts across from Republic School and travels to Pine Grove, a distance of about 3.5 miles. Parking access is a both ends of this portion of the trail. There are bikes to borrow in the town, from which one can pedal to the Golden Tiger Trail start.
Enjoy the scenery and your adventure. The views are always changing!