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Crawford State Park
Crawford State Park © Loyce Akers
Crawford State Park © Loyce Akers
Crawford State Park is a 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. Crawford State Park's central feature is the tourable Gardner Cave. With a slope length of 1,055 feet, the cave is the third longest limestone cavern in Washington.

Park hours/updates:

Summer: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays).Winter: Closed Sept. 2, reopens May 22.
Nature of the Area
Wildlife Mammals Birds Fish & Sea Life? Bears? Bobcats? Chipmunks? Coyotes? Deer or Elk? Moose? Raccoons? Skunks? Squirrels ? Eagles? Grouse? Hawks? Jays? Ospreys? Owls? Woodpeckers

Environmental Features Physical Features Plant Life

Gardner Cave is the state's third longest limestone cavern, with a slope length of 1,055 feet. The cave features stalactites, stalagmites, rimstone pools and flow stone. ? Cedar? Douglas Fir? Hemlock? Spruce? Alder? Birch? Maple? Lupines? Paintbrush

History of the Area
Gardner Cave is the third longest limestone cavern in Washington. Its early history is unknown. Contemporary accounts indicate the cave was discovered in the summer of 1903 by Mr. Ed Gardner, who homesteaded a quarter section near the cave.
Park Store
Services/Supplies Available in the area ? Camping? Diesel? Fishing/hunting? Gasoline? Groceries? Hardware? Overnight Accommodations? Pay phone? Postal service? Propane? Swimming

Area services are located in Metaline, Metaline Falls, and Ione.
Crawford State Park has no overnight camping. Seattle City Light has a campground, with standard campsites and restrooms, next to Boundary Dam, one mile outside of the park.

\The nearest boat launch is at the Boundry Dam campground located outside the park on the Pend Oreille River.

The park provides one kitchen shelter without electricity, plus two sheltered and eleven unsheltered picnic tables. All are available first-come, first-served. A restroom is also provided.
Area Attractions
The main activity at Crawford State Park is touring Gardner Cave. With large groups and holidays, extra tours can be given. Park staff limits tour size to 25 people. A call before arrival will help in accommodating large groups. Phone Crawford State Park at 509-446-4065, or Mount Spokane State Park at 509-238-4258.

The surrounding area has many events and outdoor activities. Contact the Metaline Falls Chamber of Commerce and the National Forest Service. Metaline Falls is located in the Colville National Forest.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews


Located 11 miles north of Metaline, Wash., in the extreme northeastern corner of the state in Pend Oreille County.

From Spokane:Take Hwy. 2 north to SR 211, and turn left. Continue on to SR 20, and turn left again, heading north. At Tiger, SR 20 turns left to Colville, but you should continue heading north on SR 31. Follow signs to Ione, Metaline and Metaline Falls. Once in Metaline, follow highway signs to Crawford State Park.


Washington State Parks