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Posted on: August 20, 2019

Riverside State Park adds cabins

ADA-compliant accommodations feature sleeping for five, bathroom and kitchenette 

Update Aug. 22, 2019: Only the Tamarack cabin is pet friendly. We had previously stated that both cabins were pet friendly.
Update Aug. 27, 2019: Correction made to toll-free number for State Parks' reservation line.

OLYMPIA – Aug. 21, 2019 – Overnight accommodations will soon get more deluxe at Riverside State Park with the addition of two cabins to the park’s camping options. The cabins will be available just in time for the Labor Day weekend.

The newly completed cabins — named “Tamarack” and “Spruce” — are located above the lower campground at Bowl and Pitcher. The cabins have beautiful views of the Spokane River with easy access to the park’s iconic swinging bridge and surrounding trails.

“We’re excited to offer the cabins as an additional way for people to enjoy staying in the park,” said Diana Dupuis, manager of State Parks Inland Northwest Area.

New cabins at Riverside State Park -- interior and exterior viewsBoth cabins are ADA compliant and have restrooms with a shower and toilet and a kitchen with a sink and microwave oven. Each cabin sleeps five, with a futon that unfolds to accommodate two people and a bunk bed set that sleeps two people on the lower bed and one on the upper bed. Guests must bring their own linens, including towels.

The Tamarack cabin is pet friendly, with a maximum of two pets and a $15 per night fee per animal. For outdoor enjoyment and cooking, each cabin area has a firepit with a grate and a picnic table. Cabins are heated but do not have air conditioning. Smoking is not allowed in the cabins.

Cabins are open year round. Each cabin rents for $125 plus tax per night during peak season (May 15 through Sept. 15) and $99 plus tax for the off-season. Cabins rent for a two-night minimum. Cabins will be available for rent starting Friday, Aug. 30, for Labor Day weekend. Reservations can be made beginning Thursday, Aug. 28, through the State Parks online reservation system at, or by calling toll free 888-CAMPOUT (888-226-7688).

Each cabin is 20-by-20 feet, with walls and roofs built of prefabricated structurally insulated panels (SIPs). This type of construction provides both structural strength and energy efficiency — no framing, added insulation or sheathing needed. The panels were prefabricated in a shop to specifications unique to the cabins and then delivered to the job site. SIP construction is less wasteful to assemble and faster to install than traditional stick-frame wood construction. The cabins were fabricated by Wesslen Construction of Spokane Valley and Premier SIPs of Puyallup.

The cost to build both cabins was $239,000 with funding from the State Parks’ Capital budget.

About Riverside State Park
Riverside State Park is a 12,000-acre camping park located on the Spokane and Little Spokane rivers near Nine Mile Falls and the city of Spokane. The park provides a variety of recreational activities, including miles of hiking, biking, off-road and equestrian trails, water sports, interpretive activities and more. For more information, visit:

Note to media: Higher resolution images of the cabins are available by contacting Toni Droscher, State Parks Communications Office.

News media contacts:
Lara Gricar, Riverside State Park, community outreach and business manager, (509) 465-5066
Toni Droscher, Communications Office, (360) 902-8604


About Washington State Parks

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.

News release number: 19-064


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