There are tons of options for things to do in the park for a day. That’s why we created content under Things To Do and the attractions page where we list viewpoints, things to see and historical experiences in the park. That’s why we have confined our content here on day use to talk about facilities for groups, picnics and shelters available in the park.
Centennial Trail and Deep Creek
Peaceful benches await visitors on this Deep Creek section near milepost 36. Deep Creek has hike/bike in picnic sites at the confluence of Deep Creek and the Spokane River, miles of multi use trails, world class rock climbing, and panoramic views from the top of the basalt cliffs of the city and surrounding region. Experience the beauty and solitude this part of Riverside offers.
Bowl and Pitcher
The Bowl and Pitcher is the most popular scenic attraction for many visitors to Riverside State Park. It is a geologic phenomenon resulting in spectacular scenery. Large basaltic knobs sit like oversized lumps of sugar along the edges of the Spokane River.
To make the area even more special, a swinging bridge crosses the Spokane River at the Bowl and Pitcher. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the late 1930’s, the suspension bridge is a prime attraction for visitors to the Bowl and Pitcher area of Riverside State Park. The foot-traffic-only bridge is fairly accessible for all, with a paved trail leading from the parking lot down to the bridge and the river. A small kitchen shelter with tables is on the west side of the bridge, as well as miles of trails leading north and south along the river.
Bowl and Pitcher also has campgrounds and 2 kitchen shelters without electricity you can reserve, along with numerous picnic tables scattered along the sides of the river and the uplands nearby. A third kitchen shelter with electricity is reservable online or by calling 888-CAMPOUT (888-226-7688). This shelter is built of logs and provides a wood stove, sink, and eight picnic tables, accommodating a maximum of 50 people.
Some administrative facilities for Riverside State Park are also here, including a small maintenance shop and some storage areas.
Nine Mile Recreation Area
The Nine Mile Recreation Area is located in Nine Mile Falls. The area is open for day use and camping (May 15-Sept 15). There is a fantastic picnic area, boat launch, kitchen area, and so much more. There is a sand volleyball court available for games. During the summer you can rent kayaks and canoes from the visitor center.
Lake Spokane Recreation Area
Located about 15 miles from Nine Mile Falls on SR 291, this area boasts spectacular panoramic views of Lake Spokane (Long Lake), Painted Rocks, Campground, beach front picnicking, picnicking with a view, twin boat launches with vehicle and trailer parking, and all of it on the north shore with optimal sunshine and sparkling water. Open April 15 through Sept. 30.