Located 9 miles (14 kilometers) northwest of Spokane in the town of Nine Mile Falls, Riverside State Park is a Washington state park with a number of attractions. A total of 11,162 acres (4,517 ha) of Okanagan dry forest along the Spokane and Little Spokane rivers is protected by the park. In terms of size, it is the second-largest state park in Washington after Mount Spokane State Park, and it is a favorite recreation destination for residents.

The park was established in 1933 and 1934 as a result of different land donations. Members of the Civilian Conservation Corps were responsible for its development. In the Bowl and Pitcher region, evidence of the CCC’s labor may be found at the suspension bridge, kitchen shelter, restroom, park home, office, and maintenance shop, all of which were built during the Great Depression. Workers from the CCC also built the rock walls and a large portion of the pavement on Aubrey White Parkway, as well as the bathroom on the Centennial Trail near the Carlson Trailhead and a number of trails throughout the park.

A portion of the 37-mile-long (60-kilometer-long) Spokane River Centennial Trail runs through the park, as does the Bowl and Pitcher, the Nine Mile Recreation Area, the Little Spokane River Natural Area, a 600-acre (240-hectare) off-road vehicle park, an equestrian trails area, and the Bowl and Pitcher. Exhibits at the Spokane House Interpretive Center cover a wide range of topics, including Spokane Indians, early pioneers, fur trappers, traders, the area’s fort and military history, and Spokane House, a fur trading station that was erected nearby. A large number of hiking and biking routes may be found throughout the park.

Camping, fishing, swimming, picnics, boating, canoeing, kayaking, bird watching, wildlife viewing, ATV riding, horseback riding, biking, hiking, and rock climbing are just a few of the activities available in the park. In addition to the Bowl and Pitcher, the Nine Mile Recreation Area, and Lake Spokane also provide campgrounds.

Camping at the Bowl and Pitcher campground includes 16 standard campsites and 16 partial hookup sites, while the Nine Mile campground has three tent sites, 17 partial hookup sites, and four full hookup sites, and the Lake Spokane campground has 11 primitive campsites. For more information, visit www.parks.gov. It is possible to reserve two group campsites at the Bowl and Pitcher campground, each of which can accommodate 40-60 tent campers. At the Nine Mile Recreation Areas as well as the Lake Spokane campsite, boat launches are accessible for use.

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