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Metaline Falls, Washington


Friendly Metaline Falls has been named one of the 100 Best Small Arts Towns in America. Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Metaline Falls is like a step back in time. Feel free to unwind in our slow-paced country comfort, or enjoy the clean mountain air in a wide variety of healthful outdoor activities like camping, swimming, hunting, hiking, or cross-country skiing. Metaline Falls was the site for filming "The Postman."

Web site: www.Co.Pend-Oreille.WA.us/Metalline.html

Major Events and Festivals


Affair on Mainstreet

Held Labor Day Weekend. This community celebration includes wonderful arts and crafts, children's events, top notch entertainment, a car show, and the opportunity to experience frontier life as it once was. 509.446.3683.



Affair on Main Street Festival

Sponsored by the Cutter Theatre, the Metaline Falls community celebration includes arts & crafts; children's events; entertainment and a car show as well as the opportunity to experience life as it once was.


Deck the Falls Celebration & Craft Fair

Held the first weekend in December. Visit Father Christmas for a wonderful "step back into time." This festival is designed to bring a bit of the past into our busy, everyday lives. Join us for arts and crafts, food, fun, and frolicking in the snowy north woods. Chestnuts roasting on an open fire and friendly faces all aglow with the expectation of Christmas. A Christmas Tree Auction provides an opportunity to purchase beautiful, artistically decorated trees for you very own. 509.446.4108.


The Kirtland Cutter Gallery & Cutter Theatre
Named for its renowned Spokane architect, Kirtland Cutter, this historic 1912 school is now a Community and Performing Arts Center housing The Cutter Theatre and its support spaces, The Metalines Library, a Rural Schools Exhibit, an Art Gallery and areas for other public and private use.  The Cutter Theatre is on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Built in 1912 of locally-kilned brick and designed by Spokane's master builder, The Cutter Theatre is a building buff's dream. Its graceful and symmetrical lines make the building elegantly lovely as well as sturdily functional. Guided tours are available upon request, or take a self-guided tour using brochures in the lobby. For those interested in the history of the area, a visit to our Rural Schools Exhibit will be a real treat. This exhibit is a history not just of this building, but of all the schools that have lived and died in what is now Selkirk School District. It is also, by extension, an history of American rural schools, since so much of the school history of Selkirk is typical of rural America everywhere. Enjoy high-quality entertainment ranging from the hilarious to the sublime in the delightfully intimate atmosphere of The Cutter's 166-seat Theatre. Events include local amateur plays and musicals, booked plays from other area amateur groups, professional musicians and dancers, a lecture series, elementary and high school plays and concerts, and an arts festival. Please consult the enclosed schedule or call The Cutter Theatre at 509-446-4108. We keep our entertainment prices very low to help make up for your travel costs. Local restaurants close early, but we can arrange box dinners for your party by special order. Join us soon and discover the magic of live entertainment in the finest local theatre in Washington. 509.446.4108, www.POVN.com/Byway/Cutter/Season.htm

Gardner Cave & Crawford State Park
Gardner Cave is named for Ed Gardner, a long-time resident and bootlegger in the areas, who discovered the cave around 1899. In 1921, William Crawford, a local Metaline merchant, acquired the land around the cave and deeded 40 acres of it to Washington State Parks later that year. For this reason, the park carries his name. Crawford State Park is located 11 miles north of Metaline in the extreme northeast corner of Washington State. From the parking lot, a paved trail leads up a small hill about 200 yards to the cave entrance. Cave lights, stairways and walkways have been installed to provide safety for the visitor and protection for the natural resource. A few picnic tables and a comfort station are near the parking lot. www.POVN.com/Byway/Towns/Gardner%20Cave.htm


Crawford State Park

49-acre, forested day-use park featuring Gardner Cave, the third longest limestone cavern in Washington. This tourable cave is filled with stalactites, stalagmites, rimstone pools and flow stone. Summer. Winter: Closed Sept. 2, reopens May 22. 509.238.4258

Salmo-Priest Wilderness Area

41,000-acre wilderness in the Colville National Forest.

West Sullivan Lake

Mountains surround the lake. Grassy airstrip is located adjacent to the campground. Facilities provided include restrooms and a swimming area. RV dump station is located within one mile. Popular activities include hiking, fishing, swimming, boating, picnicking and piloting small aircraft. www.recreation.gov