Nine Mile Recreation Area
Nine Mile Recreation Area is a satellite park of Riverside State Park. Riverside State Park is a 10,000-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. Nine Mile Recreation Area is open May 15 through Sept. 15. Riverside State Parks is open year round. Nine Mile Recreation Area features a boat ramp and two docks. Motorized boating, canoeing and kayaking are permitted on Lake Spokane. 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 10 a.m. - 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.
The park has two watercraft launches and 120 feet of dock. The Little Spokane River is restricted to kayaks, canoes and rafts. Innertubes are not allowed. The Spokane River is hazardous in places, and should not be run without local knowledge. A daily watercraft launching permit is available at the park. Annual launch permits may be purchased at State Parks Headquarters in Olympia, at region offices, online, and at parks when staff is available. Canoes & kayaks can be rented at the Nine Mile Recreation Area from May 15 - September 15.
55 miles of bike trails at the park.
There are three tent sites and 21 RV sites of varying length available. The Bowl and Pitcher campground has two group camp areas that accommodate either 40 to 60 tent campers. Fees are based on the number of campers, with a minimum of 20.
Rock Climbing enthusiasts should check out the rock walls and boulders at Riverside State Park.
Freshwater fishing is permitted at Riverside State Park.
A 1 mile ADA hiking trail and 55 miles of hiking trails meander through Nine Mile Recreational Area and Riverside State Park.
An equestrian area features several hundred acres with loop trails and the park offers 40 miles of linear trails for horseback riding.
Off Highway Vehicles
All-terrain vehicles are permitted in OHV areas only. The park provides a 600-acre OHV area for dirt bikes and snowmobiles.
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 is open April 15 through Oct. 15.
Riverside State Park has 16 standard campsites, 16 utility hookup sites with electricity and water, one dump station and two restrooms, both with showers. Maximum site length is 45 feet (may have limited availability). The campground is located in the Bowl and Pitcher area.
Water-skiing and white-water kayaking are two adventurous activities available at Riverside State Park.
Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and all around snow play is welcomed at the Nine Mile Recreation Area as well as Riverside State Park.
Parks is open year round. Park Hours: Summer: 6:30 to dusk. Winter: 8 a.m. to dusk.
From I-90, take exit 280 (Maple St.), travel north across the Spokane River. Take a left on Northwest Blvd. Stay on this road until Francis Ave (Hwy 291), take a left. When the road bends north, it becomes Nine Mile Road. Travel for six miles. After going through the town of Nine Mile Falls, take a left at the dam (Charles Road). Continue west on Charles Road for 1.3 miles and turn right (across from the church) into the park entrance.