Recreational Opportunities at
Lake Spokane (Long Lake)
Lake Spokane (also known as Long Lake) offers visitors a wide variety of recreational, historic and scenic opportunities. Fishing, hiking, hunting, watersports and sight-seeing are just a few of the many activities that are popular along this portion of the Spokane River. Use this information to discover the natural surroundings and activities on and near Lake Spokane.
Long Lake Dam and Overlook
This Avista Corp. facility was recorded as the tallest dam in the world when it was built in 1915, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The nearby overlook offers a scenic view of the dam's spillway, with the Little Falls Reservoir in the foreground and Lake Spokane (Long Lake) and Devil's Gap in the background.
Owned and operated by Avista Corp., this 300 acre area is located just south of Long Lake Dam. It provides habitat for numerous types of wildlife including red tailed hawks, song birds and mule deer. Several trails offer visitors a variety of views of the area's natural attractions.
This historical site offers viewers a look into the distant past. Two sets of original prehistoric drawings on large granite rock formations are a permanent reminder of the area's rich history. An interpretive sign at this Washington Department of Natural Resources site provides visitors with additional information.
Spokane House lnterpretive Center
Originally built in 1810 by the Canadian Northwest Fur Company, the Spokane House was the state's first fur-trading post. Located in Riverside State Park, a replica of the Spokane House was built nearby to serve as an interpretive center. For tour information, call the Riverside State Park office.
Nine Mile Dam
This Avista Corp. facility is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. A row of historic cottages located adjacent to the site were constructed between 1928 and 1930 for employees working at the plant. The nearby bridge carries traffic across the river and offers a scenic view of the dam's spillway.
Visitors can view prehistoric drawings on large granite rocks. As a Washington State Parks and Recreation site, it includes interpretive signs with historical information.
The Little Spokane River Natural Area
Spanning 1,353 acres, and surrounding more than seven miles of the Little Spokane River, this natural area is part of the Washington Scenic Rivers Program. The rare freshwater marsh environment is home to a wide variety of birds, waterfowl and animals. The parkland is popular for canoeing, hiking and sightseeing. It is managed as part of Riverside State Park, under a joint agreement with Spokane County Parks.
Spokane Fish Hatchery
Since opening in 1934, this hatchery has raised millions of trout to supplement and restock the waters in Spokane, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties. Operated by Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, the hatchery is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. everyday, free of charge.
For more information about these sites or others shown on the map, contact the appropriate agency or business below.
Hydro Licensing and Environmental Department
P.O. Box 3727
Spokane, WA 99220-3727
or (509) 495-4787
Washington Department of Natural Resources
P.O. Box 190
Colville, WA 99114
(509) 684-7474 or (800) 527-3305
Nine Mile Resort
Forshee's Resort in TumTum
Friends of the Centennial Trail
P.O. Box 351
Spokane, WA 99210-0351
For complete details about all the opportunities available within Riverside State Park, contact:
Riverside State Park
P.O. Box 65
Nine Mile Falls, WA 99026
For boater information and regulations along the Spokane River Corridor, contact:
Spokane County Sheriff's Department,
Marine Enforcement Division
W. 1121 Gardner
Spokane, WA 99201