Boundary Tours and Recreation

Discover the Boundary Hydroelectric Project nestled in the foothills of the Selkirk Mountains and positioned along the banks of the scenic Pend Oreille River. The Boundary Reservoir offers many recreational opportunities including boating, fishing, camping, picnicking, and sightseeing. City Light is committed to preserving and enhancing these recreational activities for visitors to the Boundary Project area.

Download a map of the Boundary Project to see locations of recreational opportunities in the area.

Boundary Dam cavern

Boundary Tours

Enjoy a guided tour to experience how our 299,000 horsepower turbines and electrical generating facilities produce clean, renewable energy. You'll be taken through the Machine Hall Visitor Gallery, located deep inside a massive limestone cavern.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Boundary Tours will not be offered in 2021. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Details:

  • Tour is good for all ages.
  • Photo ID is required for all adults.
  • Wear closed-toe shoes.
  • Each tour is limited to 25 persons on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Reservations are not required, however, if your group is 10 or more, you should call in advance.

For more information, call (509) 446-3083 and select option 9, or email us at scl_boundarytours@seattle.gov.

A view of a campsite shoreline from the water

Outdoor Recreation

The Boundary Project occupies a highly scenic, uncrowded setting that offers many outdoor recreational opportunities, including boating, fishing, sightseeing, picnicking, camping and much more.

Attractions include:

Located adjacent to Boundary Dam, the Forebay Recreation Area consists of a campground, a day-use area, and a boat launch.

The Forebay recreation area campsite

Hours:
Open year-round. Please note: in winter water may not be available and roads may not be plowed.

Location:
To reach the Forebay Recreation Area, leave Highway 31 in the town of Metaline, WA, and follow Boundary Dam Rd. (County Road 2975) approximately 11 miles until you reach the dam.

Campground Amenities:

  • Free. First-come, first-served. No reservations.
  • 22 Campsites, including 12 RV sites; Class C RVs can be accommodated.
  • Stays limited to six consecutive nights.
  • Facilities and services: Flush toilets and potable water available. No hook-ups, dump station, or showers.
  • All campsites have fire rings and picnic tables.

Day-Use Area Amenities:

  • Seven day-use picnic tables.
  • Four BBQ grills.
  • One large group shelter with four picnic tables.
  • 14 day-use parking stalls.

Boat Launch Amenities:

  • Concrete boat launch with accessible boarding dock.
  • 13 parking stalls for trucks and trailers.
  • Tie-down area.

To view all guidelines for site use, download the Forebay Recreation Area Rules and Regulations.

This community park is located in the town of Metaline, Washington, upstream of Metaline Falls on the western shore of the Pend Oreille River. It provides opportunities for boating, picnicking, and other day use activities.

The playground at Metaline Waterfront Park

Hours:
Open year-round. Please note: the park is subject to occasional flooding during the spring run-off, approximately late May-early June.

Location:
Metaline Waterfront Park is located in the town of Metaline, WA. From State Route 20, turn onto N. Main Avenue and follow the road until reaching the park.

Amenities:

  • Concrete boat launch with accessible boarding dock.
  • Kayak ramp.
  • Parking for trucks with trailers.
  • Group shelter with fire pit.
  • Picnic tables.
  • Playground equipment
  • Restroom building with flush toilets.

Six shoreline sites along the Boundary Project’s 17.5-mile long reservoir provide the opportunity for camping in a remote, primitive setting: Lime Creek, Everett Slough, Monument Bar, Grandview, Slumber Cove, and Ledbetter Cove. Boundary’s boat-in campsites are located on the Pend Oreille River Water Trail, which traverses 70 miles along the Pend Oreille River from Oldtown, Idaho, to Boundary Dam.

The playground at Metaline Waterfront Park

Hours:
Open year-round.

Locations:
Download a map of the Boundary Project to see the locations of the six boat-in campsites.

Amenities:

  • Fire rings.
  • Picnic tables.
  • Tent pads.
  • Food storage lockers.
  • Primitive toilets (except Slumber Cove).

Guidelines:

  • Follow the seven principles of "Leave No Trace."
  • Camp at established sites to minimize your impact on plants, soil and wildlife.
  • Follow all posted fire regulations. Use existing fire rings.
  • The maximum length of stay is 14 consecutive days.
  • Proper food storage is required.

To view all guidelines for site use, download the Boundary Boat-In Campsite Rules and Regulations.

The Vista House, recognized nationally for its modern design when it was constructed in 1965, sits on the eastern rim of the Pend Oreille River canyon, overlooking the Boundary Dam site. The interior of the viewing room offers near-panoramic views of the canyon and surrounding mountains, with interpretive displays on local natural resources and the history and development of the Boundary Project. There is also a short path leading to an exterior viewing platform.

Vista House building

Hours:
The Vista House is open seven days a week, from dawn to dusk, from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. The viewing platform is open year-round, though the road may not be plowed during the winter months. Please check conditions before traveling in the winter.

Location:
Reach the Vista House by turning onto the Eastside Road via State Route 31 at Crescent Lake, approximately 11 miles north of Metaline Falls, one mile south of the Canadian border. The Vista House is located at the end of the Eastside Road. There is no access to Boundary Dam from the Vista House.

Amenities:
Flush restrooms are available.

Visitors looking down at Boundary Dam

Nearby Attractions

Check out these other attractions you may want to visit while in north Pend Oreille County:

Visit the Colville National Forest website or call the Sullivan Lake Ranger District at (509) 447-7300 for information on hikes and camping in the area. In the late fall and winter, watch for bighorn sheep at the sound end of the lake.

Check out Gardner Cave—Washington's second-longest limestone cave—at Crawford State Park. Free guided tours are provided by Washington State Parks. Please call (509) 446-4065 in advance for large groups. Tour groups limited to 25.

Built in 1912, this historic former school is now home to the area's community and performing arts center. Free guided tours available upon request by calling (509) 446-4108. Visit the Cutter Theatre website for more information.

Explore Boundary Dam and Pend Oreille County before you go so you can plan your perfect trip.

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Contact Us

For more information about Boundary Tours, including reservation information, contact us via email or call (509) 446-3083, option 9.

For more information about recreational and educational programs at the Boundary Project, contact us online or call (509) 446-3083, option 9.