Thank you Town of Northport for saving Sheep Creek Campground!

With funding from Discover Pass, DNR has now resumed maintenance and upkeep of the Sheep Creek campground. Photo: Diana Lofflin, DNR.
With funding from Discover Pass, DNR has now resumed maintenance and upkeep of the Sheep Creek campground. Photo: Diana Lofflin, DNR.

In 2009, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) was faced with closing many campgrounds across the state due to serious budget cuts in the outdoor recreation program.

Sheep Creek Campground was one of many DNR campgrounds facing closure.

Realizing Sheep Creek campground could possibly be closed; the Town of Northport adopted the campground to keep it open for the public.

DNR greatly appreciates the time and effort put in by all the volunteers from the Town of Northport. Without their hard work and dedication this facility would have been closed.

Thanks to funding from the Discover Pass, DNR has now resumed maintenance and upkeep of the Sheep Creek campground.

Finally, thank you to all who have purchased a Discover Pass. Your Discover Pass dollars go directly into keeping recreation sites like Sheep Creek Campground open.

Check out other ways the Discover Pass has come to the rescue.

Sheep Creek Campground

Sheep Creek Campground is in northern Stevens County, close to the border of Canada and not far from the Town of Northport. The Town of Northport is small — just 295 people. The campground is surrounded by miles of forestland with a rich history of prospecting, logging, and family outings. For years, the campground has provided a location for visitors to camp, hunt, fish, relax, and enjoy the natural beauty of northern Steven County.

The dedicated Town of Northport, population 295, joined together to keep Sheep Creek Campground open. Photo: Kyle Pomrankey, DNR.
The dedicated Town of Northport, population 295, joined together to keep Sheep Creek Campground open. Photo: Kyle Pomrankey, DNR.

A dedicated group of citizens, business owners, and city council members from the Town of Northport routinely maintained the campground. They picked up litter, cleaned outhouses, painted buildings, repaired roofs, and installed signs. Their hard work kept the campground safe and open to the public.

In 2011, Stevens County Conservation District and the Town of Northport were awarded a grant to further restore and improve the campground. The grant’s purpose was to protect natural resources and protect water quality. Improvements included installation of an updated outhouse, removal of unwanted campfire pits, and some needed trail maintenance. The project will continue this spring as soon as the snow melts. Join our recreation e-newsletter to find out about volunteer opportunities.

Sheep Creek Campground offers beautiful forests and streams for a relaxing getaway. Photo: Kyle Pomrankey, DNR.
Sheep Creek Campground offers beautiful forests and streams for a relaxing getaway. Photo: Kyle Pomrankey, DNR.

Thank you Town of Northport

Want to visit Sheep Creek Campground this summer? Check out our recreation guide for directions.

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