Points of Interest
Huge Balancing Rock Near Omak Lake
Balancing Rock weighing approximately 30-40 tons is located near Omak Lake. Left by glaciers from the North the rock is a symbol of nature’s perfection. A short 1/4 mile hike will get you right underneath this natural wonder.
Sasquatch Welcomes Visitors
Since the beginning of time members of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian Reservation have had numerous encounters with Sasquatch, a kindred spirit who is curious, mysterious and sometimes a protector. Older generations remember encounters, run-ins and sightings, including many wisdom tales and stories of this elusive creature. Now you can meet him. Commissioned by a 5-Star grant and created by local artist Smoker Marchand, a Colville Tribal member, this multidimensional 18-foot tall metal sculpture weighing approximately 1,500 lbs featuring a rotating arm that swings with the wind, stands atop of Disautel Pass between Nespelem and Omak.
Summit Pass Sight Seeing
A nice day-drive, the pass between Keller and Inchelium is simply breathtaking. Nothing portrays the panoramic beauty of the Colville Reservation’s mountains and valleys like a stop at the Summit, where the road and the view cut through nature’s core. At one with the environment stresses from the city begin to drift away as beauty and nature fill the void inducing a relaxing and healing state of mind.
"Naming of the Animals" Sculpture
A showcase of talents located in East Omak City Park, next to the Visitor’s Information Center, the “Naming of the Animals” sculpture, is a collaborative effort of the Colville Tribal Artist’s Association. Depicting a common Okanogan creation legend the sculpture explains how pre-human animals, including Coyote, Salmon, Wolf, Bear and others were called by Creator and told that when the humans come each would have to have a name. Since time began animal spirits have played an important part in the native culture and traditions of the 12 bands comprising the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian Reservation.
The Salmon Chief, displayed in front of the Inchelium and Keller Health clinics, and at Keller Community Park, commemorating works by good Samaritans, is a very spiritual and healing person who throughout history plays an important role in the traditions and culture of the native inhabitants of the Colville Reservation. The salmon chief was responsible for making sure every family had enough food and provisions to live on. Prior to construction of the Grand Coulee and Chief Joseph Hydro electrical Dams, two immense structures without fish ladders, our native people traveled at different times throughout the year following and harvesting Salmon during the Salmon runs.
Crossing the great Columbia River above Grand Coulee Dam, now identified as Lake Roosevelt requires a subtle and very enjoyable 15-20 minute ferry ride at two separate points, Keller and Inchelium. The Tribes operate the Inchelium Ferry and the Keller Ferry is operated by the State. With low maximum capacities, these two ferries are far from the congested ferries known elsewhere between Seattle and Vancouver Island. So, just sit back, relax in your vehicle and enjoy your trip across the water.
St Mary's Mission
In 1886 a French nobleman and Jesuit priest, Etienne DeRouge, S.J. established St. Mary's Mission at the invitation of Chief Smitkin. From living in a cave and building his first log cabin, Father DeRouge’s invested his entire family fortune in a vision creating a cultural and religious center for natives of this area. By the turn of the century, Father DeRouge's small Indian school became a junior college complete with dormitories, museum, hospital, band, and baseball team. However, having sense been destroyed and rebuilt four times tragedy last struck in 1919 when fire destroyed much of the original mission. In 2005, named after one of the original scholars, the Colville Tribes built the modern $18 million dollar Paschal Sherman Indian School, adjacent to the original St. Mary's site.