Washington: Ferry County

Ferry County (pop. 7,551) is along the Canadian border, between Okanogan and Stevens counties. It’s the only Ferry County in the U.S.

Although Ferry County is bordered by the Columbia and Kettle rivers on the south and east, it was not named for a river ferry; it was named for Elisha P. Ferry, first governor of the state of Washington.


Much of the county is in the Kettle River Range, which runs north-south into British Columbia.

The county’s highest highway pass

The county’s southern part is in the Colville Indian Reservation.

St. Rose of Lima Church, in the community of Keller

The county seat of Ferry County is the city of Republic, the second-smallest county seat in Washington, with a population of 1,073.

Republic’s population has been around 1,000 for a century.

Republic, founded by gold prospectors in the late 19th century, was named for the Great Republic mining claim.

Early Republic

The Stonerose Interpretive Center and Fossil Site in Republic displays fossils from organisms that lived in the area in the Eocene Epic.

50 million years ago

Curlew Lake State Park is a few miles north of Republic.


wash working map


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