About the Park

Riverside State Park is a beautiful camping park that lies along the Spokane River near the City of Spokane. Riverside has the second largest land area of any state park in Washington with 12,000 acres and nearly 200,000 feet of shoreline along the running rivers and freshwater marshes.

Within the park is Riverside’s main campground known as Bowl and Pitcher which is nestled along the Spokane River amongst towering Ponderosa Pines and known for the iconic Swinging Bridge connecting the campground and day-use area to miles of trails on the other side of the Spokane River; the Nine Mile Recreation Area offers camping, swimming, picnicking and other water recreation opportunities; the Lake Spokane Area provides secluded camping spots, a variety of picnic shelters overlooking the lake, a swimming area, and a dock for fishing; an equestrian area offers horseback riding with several hundred acres of loop trails, camping, and an arena; a 600-acre off-road vehicle park includes a dedicated beginner riding area; and the Spokane River Centennial State Park Trail which features nearly 40 miles of paved trail to walk, bike and hike. The Centennial Trail runs beyond park boundaries and connects with urban portions that continue through the city of Spokane and connects with the North Idaho Centennial Trail in Post Falls.


Historical Gathering Place

The confluence of Little Spokane and Spokane Rivers remains a very important gathering place for local tribes. This location was also one of the first known permanent white settlements in the state of Washington. Today, visitors can explore the Spokane House which is located where fur traders with the North West Company built their trading post in 1810.

Read more about Riverside State Park history:

State Park Beginning

Riverside State Park was established in 1933 and 1934 when the local community, Washington Water Power (now known as Avista) and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) teamed up to work on park infrastructure and make the property available to everyone.

Land was donated by Washington Water Power and other individuals and CCC workers looking for work and adventure came in to build structures like the swinging bridge at Bowl and Pitcher and Aubrey L. White Parkway and it’s winding rocks walls.

Read more about CCC projects and places to see the history in the park at:

Riverside Growth

Over the years, Riverside State Park has grown the property they manage through land donations, military land transfers and purchases. Since the mid-1900, Indian Painted Rocks, the Centennial Trail, Fisk Property, Troutman area and Edburg/Bass have all been notable additions to the footprint of the park.

Today in Riverside

A big part of the park’s legacy and stewardship is the proper use and development of the land and water. With thousands of visitors every year, during every season, Riverside Rangers, staff, volunteers and foundation members are dedicated to improve, promote and educate people on sustainable activities in the park.

Take some time to explore our website and our growing list of places and things to do in the park including information on how to get out there.

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