St Paul's Mission
Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area
Kettle Falls, Washington
Hwy 395/20 about 3 miles west of Kettle Falls
St. Paul's Mission was established near the Hudson's Bay Company's Fort Colville as a jesuit mission church in the 1830s. Missionaries had limited success initially when attempting to convert the Native Americans to Christianity. But they persisted and the current building was built in 1847.
The last service at the mission was held in 1875, and the building deteriorated a lot in the years that followed. The building today is the result of an extensive restoration that took place in 1839.
St. Paul's Mission (W12A0212)
Fort Colville Site (W12A0213)
The Hudson's Bay Company established Fort Colville on the bank of the Columbia River in 1825 as a stop along the York Factory Express trade route that connected the Pacific Northwest to London, United Kingdom via Hudson Bay. The fort was abandoned in 1870, and what was left of the fort burned down in 1910. Today the site of the fort is beneath the waters of Lake Roosevelt.
More About Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area
Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area is primarily noteworthy for its water-related activities, including boating, fishing and swimming as well as for camping, hunting and short hikes in the adjacent lands. Although it is more than a bit off the beaten path in northeast Washington, there is road access in many locations.
The southern half of the lake borders the Colville Indian Reservation to the northwest, and a short stretch just north of the junction with the Spokane River borders on the Spokane Indian Reservation to the east. Remember to respect tribal laws when accessing Lake Roosevelt through tribal lands.
You may also like these sights along Lake Roosevelt:
- Fort Spokane, Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, Washington
- Lake Roosevelt, Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, Washington
- Grand Coulee Dam, Grand Coulee, Washington
While you're in the area, check out these sights:
- Molson Ghost Town Museum, Molson, Washington
- Chief Joseph Grave, Nespelem, Washington
- Historic Colville Clock Tower, Colville, Washington