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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


Join us in October 2021 for an awe-inspiring trek through some of the most majestic and beautiful countryside in the U.S. – the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains! Casually coined the “Smoky Blue Mill Tour”, our tentative tour route is one that has never been done by NLA before and we’re excited to take you with us!

Exact dates, routes, pricing and full details will be available by early 2021. Check back on this page for updates at that time or simply fill out the Opt-In form below to be placed on the Mill Tour Interest List and get updates sent to you as soon as they are available. (Please note – the previous 2020 Interest List was cleared. If you’re still interested in attending the tour in October 2021, you’ll need to fill out the form again.)