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...let's get away together

What is the “Mill Tour”? Each fall, the Northwestern Lumber Association hosts a 5-6 day trip in a new location within the U.S (and periodically international), which we refer to as our “Mill Tour”. During this tour, we focus on visiting locations such as sawmills, forests, timber harvesting projects, and behind-the-scenes tours of a wide variety of building product manufacturing facilities. Each trip is unique!  Although designed primarily for educational purposes, there is also a fair amount of sight-seeing and free time to explore the amazing destinations we visit.


Who Attends? We design these tours specifically with the lumberyard dealer in mind.  Attendees are primarily owners/managers (and their spouses) of lumber yards, as well as a handful of retired lumber yard dealers. About 2/3 of the group is typically from within NLA’s membership base, although we also accept registrations from dealers throughout the U.S.  Average attendance can range between 25-50 people and is a nice combination of both new and veteran attendees.


Interested? Fill out the form at the bottom of this page to get on the “Interest List”.  As soon as any details are released for upcoming tours, you’ll be the first to know. Those on the interest list are also given the first chance to sign up once registration opens. This is very important, as the tour has been completely sold out the last few years strictly by those on the Interest List - before we were even able to open it to the general membership!


Questions? If you have questions about the Mill Tours and would like direct answers, feel free to reach out to Jodie Fleck at 763-595-4058 or




Our Most Recent Tour

NLA’s most recent Mill Tour (2019) was to the Inland Northwest
(specifically the eastern Washington and the Idaho Panhandle region)
over the dates of September 29th – October 4th.






Our Next Tour

Typically, the annual Mill Tour takes place at the end of September and into October each year (this can fluctuate based upon location.)  The exact dates and destination for Fall 2020 have not yet been determined but are usually announced around February/March each year. 
Check back on this page for updates at that time or simply fill out the form below to be placed on the Mill Tour Interest List!