Riverside State Park

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Riverside State Park
Washington State Park
Bowl and Pitcher.jpg
Park area called the Bowl and Pitcher
Country United States
State Washington
County Spokane
Elevation 1,857 ft (566 m) [1]
Coordinates 47°44′36″N 117°32′07″W / 47.74333°N 117.53528°W / 47.74333; -117.53528Coordinates: 47°44′36″N 117°32′07″W / 47.74333°N 117.53528°W / 47.74333; -117.53528 [1]
Area 14,000 acres (5,666 ha)
Established 1933
Management Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
Location in the state of Washington
Website: Riverside State Park

Riverside State Park is a publicly owned recreation area located 9 miles (14 km) northwest of Spokane in Nine Mile Falls, Washington.[2] It is the largest state park in Washington,[3] covering some 14,000 acres (5,700 ha) along the Spokane and Little Spokane rivers. The park is managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.


The park came into being with various gifts of land in 1933 and 1934.[4] It was developed by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Evidence of the CCC's work can be seen at the Bowl and Pitcher area's suspension bridge, kitchen shelter, restroom, park residence, office, and maintenance shop. CCC workers also constructed the rock walls and much of the roadway of Aubrey White Parkway, the restroom on the Centennial Trail near the Carlson Trailhead, and various trails in the park.[5]


Areas of the park include the Bowl and Pitcher, the Nine Mile Recreation Area, the Little Spokane River Natural Area, the 600-acre (240 ha) off-road vehicle park, the equestrian trails area, and a portion of the 37-mile-long (60 km) Spokane River Centennial Trail. The Spokane House Interpretive Center has 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.[2]

Activities and amenities[edit]

Park activities include camping, fishing, swimming, picnicking, boating, canoeing, kayaking, bird watching, wildlife viewing, ATV riding, horseback riding, biking, hiking and rock climbing. Campgrounds are located at the Bowl and Pitcher, Nine Mile Recreation Area, and Lake Spokane.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Riverside State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ a b c "Riverside State Park". Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. Retrieved February 13, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Riverside State Park". Riverside State Park Foundation. Retrieved January 16, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Park History". Riverside State Park Foundation. Retrieved January 16, 2015. 
  5. ^ "CCC at Riverside". Riverside State Park Foundation. Archived from the original on February 25, 2004. Retrieved February 13, 2016. 

Additional reading[edit]

  • Mueller, Marge. Washington State Parks: A Complete Guide, The Mountaineers Books, 2004, ISBN 0-89886-893-9.

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