About This Place
Curlew is an unincorporated community located in northwestern Ferry County, Washington, United States, between Malo and Danville on State Route 21. The BNSF Railway ran through the town. The historic Ansorge Hotel is located in Curlew.
Curlew is located at 48°53′08″N 118°35′54″W / 48.88556°N 118.59833°W / 48.88556; -118.59833, at the confluence of Long Alec Creek and the Kettle River. Its elevation is 1800 feet above sea level.
Most popular site on Kettle river in summer is the Old Swimming Hole near the center of town. Curlew was a pick up point for moonshine that was dropped in the Kettle river. The tradition is still celebrated on the first Sunday in June each year during the Curlew Barrel Derby Days. A barrel is set adrift in the Kettle River at the Canadian border and local citizens bet on when it will reach town.