Newman Lake Acquisition

Category Overview

Washington is famous for its gorgeous and abundant waterways, from the Salish Sea to the Nisqually River, but many communities lack open public beaches and waterfronts where everyone can enjoy picnicking, swimming, paddling, boating, and angling. Water Access projects fund public shoreline access, boat launches, and fishing docks to create more opportunities for water recreation.

Project Highlights

More public water accesses for recreation uses was identified by citizen input as a very high priority during the public hearing adoption process of the Spokane County Park Plan. This project will meet this need by acquiring a 117 acre parcel of land including over 3,000 feet of shoreline frontage along Newman Lake, the largest lake in Spokane County. The site’s varied characteristics provides an excellent opportunity for all water recreation uses such as a non-motorized boat and floating vessels launch, fishing, swimming, snorkling, and exploration along old logging roads that serve as trails meandering throughout the property. In addition to providing water access recreation the property offers picnicking and wildlife observation for the non-motorized boaters with spectacular views from scenic hilly upland forested areas, to riparian areas and wetlands along the waters edge of Newman Lake. The property has been selectively logged over the last three years and two-ten acre parcels have recently been sold for homes.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Spokane Co Parks, Rec & Golf Category: Water Access WWRP Grant: $379,707.23 Applicant Match: $404,408.71 Project Type: Acquisition County: Spokane Legislative District: 4 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 04-1058

Location Details

From I-90 (Interstate 90) take exit #296, North on Harvard Road, for 2 miles, East on Wellesley for 2 miles, North on Starr Road for 5 Miles, East on Hauser then North on Muzzy Road for 3 miles to Fire Station House #2. The property is about 421 acres West and Southwest of the Fire Station house and along west shores of Newman Lake.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.