Riverside State Park

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Riverside State Park
Bowl and Pitcher.jpg
The Bowl and Pitcher formation.
Location Spokane County, Washington, USA
Nearest city Spokane, WA
Coordinates 47°43′59″N 117°31′19″W / 47.73306°N 117.52194°W / 47.73306; -117.52194Coordinates: 47°43′59″N 117°31′19″W / 47.73306°N 117.52194°W / 47.73306; -117.52194
Area 10,000 acres (40 km2)
Governing body Washington State Park System

Riverside State Park is a park 6 miles (10 km) northwest of Spokane in Nine Mile Falls, Washington. At 10,000 acres (4,000 ha), it is the second-largest state park in Washington. The park includes two campgrounds; one at the Bowl & Pitcher and the other at the Nine Mile Recreation area. Park activities include camping, fishing, swimming, picnicking, boating, canoeing, kayaking, bird watching, wildlife viewing, atv riding, horseback riding, biking, hiking and rock climbing. The different areas of the park are the Bowl & Pitcher, a 600-acre (240 ha) off-road vehicle park, an equestrian area set aside for people with horses, Nine Mile Recreation area, a 1,500-acre (610 ha) Little Spokane River natural area, the Spokane House Interpretive Center and the 37-mile (60 km) long Spokane River Centennial Trail.

Several structures in the park were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s:[1]

  • A suspension bridge, kitchen shelter, and restroom at the Bowl & Pitcher
  • Park residence, office, and maintenance shop at Bowl & Pitcher
  • Rock walls and much of the roadway of Aubrey White Parkway
  • A rock restroom on the Centennial Trail near the Carlson Trailhead
  • Various other trails in the park

Spokane House Interpretive Center[edit]

Open on weekends in the summer, the Spokane House Interpretive Center features exhibits about the Spokane Indians, early pioneers, fur trappers, traders, the area's fort and military history, and Spokane House, the fur trading post established nearby.



  1. ^ "CCC at Riverside". Riverside State Park Foundation. Retrieved 2008-12-28. 
  • Mueller, Marge. Washington State Parks: A Complete Guide, The Mountaineers Books, 2004, ISBN 0-89886-893-9.

External links[edit]

  • Riverside State Park, official page from the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Riverside State Park, from the Riverside State Park Foundation, details of the park and Spokane House Interpretive Center