Riverside State Park is one of best destinations for to water recreation in Eastern Washington. Whether you’re rafting the Spokane River through the heart of the park, launching your boat on Lake Spokane or floating your kayak or paddle board down the pristine Little Spokane River, you’re sure to find your own piece of beautiful solitude. We’ve collected some of the essential information you need to get on the water. Take a look at our maps, photos and information and get out there to start exploring the water.
There are three main water recreation areas in Riverside State Park. The Spokane River runs through the main areas of the park with multiple access points, rapids and by many miles of trails. The upper area of the river is frequented used by white water rafters and kayakers in higher flow seasons. The lower part of the river gradually slows above Nine Mile Dam making slow floats, paddles and pleasant swimming a little easier. Below Nine Mile Dam, the river empties into Long Lake (also referred to as Lake Spokane) where it narrowly winds for 25 miles until it reaches Long Lake Dam.
At the top of Long Lake, just below the dam, is the confluence of the Little Spokane River. This long, slow-moving, winding river gives life to the Little Spokane Natural Area, a lush valley abundant with wildlife, ancient Indian pictographs, the beautiful Little Spokane Nature Trail and stunning views. The Little Spokane River is navigable by kayaks, paddle boards and other human powered watercraft. Motorized watercraft and inner tubes are prohibited on the Little Spokane River and as well as bicycles on the trails. There are three access points on the Little Spokane River and a paid shuttle part of the year making it a favorite float trip for many kayakers in the area. Take a look at the Little Spokane River page for detailed information including launch fees, specific use rules/laws, paid shuttle, watercraft rentals and more.
Boat Launches in Riverside State Park
Take a look at the different State Park boat launch locations. Be sure to visit each location for detailed information on fees and rules.