Riverside State Park

Riverside State Park is a 14,000-acre camping park along the Spokane and Little Spokane rivers in Eastern Washington. The park supports a wide variety of recreational activities and is rich in history. Freshwater marshes, running rivers, and beautiful countryside make up the terrain. The park also includes the Nine Mile Recreation Area, which is available for camping, picnicking, swimming, fishing, and boating.

Discover Pass: A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.
Automated pay station: This park is equipped with an automated pay station for visitors to purchase a one-day or annual Discover Pass.
  1. Activities
  2. Boating
  3. Camping
  4. History
  5. Maps

Picnic & Day-Use Facilities
Riverside State Park offers two kitchen shelters without electricity, plus 10 sheltered and 122 unsheltered picnic tables available first come, first served.

A 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.

The Nine Mile Recreation Area offers three non-reservable kitchen shelters with electricity. Two accommodate up to 40 guests, one accommodates up to 20 guests. The day-use area and boat launch are open April 15 through October 15.

  • 55 miles of hiking trails
  • 1 mile of ADA-accessible hiking trails
  • 55 miles of bike trails
  • 25 miles of horse trails
Water Activities & Features
  • 120 feet of dock
  • Boating
  • Boat ramps (3)
  • Fishing (freshwater)
  • Water skiing
  • White-water kayaking
Winter Recreation
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing
  • Snow play
Other Activities & Features
  • Amphitheater
  • All-terrain vehicles permitted
  • Bird watching
  • Fire circles (3)
  • Interpretive activities
  • Mountain biking
  • Museum
  • Rock climbing
  • Wildlife viewing
Equestrian Area

Riverside State Park is perfect for equestrians and features a dedicated equestrian area and equestrian campground with horse-friendly accommodations. The equestrian area includes a mounting platform accessible to people with disabilities, a newly renovated riding arena, and provides a gateway to miles and miles of trails. 

NOTE: The Equestrian Campground is closed due to renovation until June 30th, 2015.

  • Newly renovated riding arena: 140 feet by 240 feet
  • New auxiliary round pen: 60 feet
  • New two-story announcer's stand
  • Water and electricity available
  • Trail course under construction
  • Gravel parking lot and road 
Interested in hosting an event? Call (509) 465-5066 or e-mail Riverside@parks.wa.gov to get a Special Activity Permit Application.

Interpretive Opportunities

The Spokane House Interpretive Center at Nine Mile Falls tells the history of the early fur trade in the area and its effects on the Native American population. The center is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day. An interpretive trail in Riverside State Park features guide-posts and a self-guiding brochure connecting the Indian Painted Rocks area with the mouth of the Little Spokane River. A kiosk at the site of Seven Mile camp tells the story of the Civilian Conservation Corps and its role in building the park.

Additional Information
  • The park provides a 600-acre off-road vehicle area for dirt bikes and snowmobiles and more than 37 miles for bike riding on the Centennial Trail, as well as other bike trails.
  • All-terrain vehicles are only permitted in the off-road vehicle area.
  • An equestrian area features several hundred acres with loop trails and 40 miles of linear trails for horseback riding.
  • The park contains a protected Native American pictograph area.
  • A recreational license is required for fishing and shellfish harvesting at Washington state parks. For regulations, fishing season information, or to purchase a recreational license, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website.