Riverside State Park is a Washington state park featuring a number of attractions located 9 miles (14 kilometers) northwest of Spokane area in the hamlet of Nine Mile Falls. The park protects 11,162 acres (4,517 hectares) of Okanagan dry forest along the Spokane and Little Spokane rivers. It is Washington’s second-largest state park, after Mount Spokane State Park, in terms of size, and a popular recreation site for locals.
As a consequence of several land gifts, the park was constructed in 1933 and 1934. Its development was overseen by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps. The suspension bridge, food shelter, restroom, park residence, office, and maintenance shop, all erected during the Great Depression, are examples of CCC labor in the Bowl and Pitcher region. The CCC also constructed the Aubrey White Parkway rock walls and a substantial amount of the pavement, as well as the Centennial Trail bathroom near the Carlson Trailhead and a number of trails around the park.
The park includes the Bowl and Pitcher, the Nine Mile Recreation Area, the Little Spokane River Natural Area, a 600-acre (240-hectare) off-road vehicle park, an equestrian trails area, and a piece of the 37-mile (60-kilometer) Spokane River Centennial Trail. Spokane Indians, early pioneers, fur trappers, traders, the area’s fort and military history, and Spokane House, a fur trading station built nearby, are among the topics covered by the Spokane House Interpretive Center’s exhibits. Throughout the park, there are numerous hiking and biking trails.
Camping, fishing, swimming, picnicking, boating, canoeing, kayaking, bird watching, wildlife viewing, ATV riding, horseback riding, biking, hiking, and rock climbing are just a few of the park’s attractions. Campgrounds are also available at the Bowl and Pitcher, as well as the Nine Mile Recreation Area and Lake Spokane.
There are 16 standard campsites and 16 partial hookup sites at the Bowl and Pitcher campground, three tent sites, 17 partial hookup sites, and four full hookup sites at the Nine Mile campground, and 11 primitive campsites at the Lake Spokane campground. Visit www.parks.gov for more information. At the Bowl and Pitcher campgrounds, you can rent two group campsites, each of which can accommodate 40-60 tent campers. Boat launches are available for use at the Nine Mile Recreation Areas and the Lake Spokane campground.
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