Three Islands Spokane River Water Access

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

The Spokane Parks and Recreation Department will use this grant to buy more than 31 acres, including more than three-quarter mile of shoreline along the Spokane River, less than 2 miles from downtown. The purchase will allow the City to develop the only fishing area on a free-flowing reach of the Spokane River accessible to people with disabilities. The uniqueness of the site will allow the public to fish throughout the summer when the river level drops on one of the most scenic and biologically productive portions of the river. Buying the land also will preserve the opportunity to move the Centennial Trail off streets and onto a separated path, will facilitate a trail connection to Spokane Falls Community College, and will preserve a well-used single-track trail. Spokane will contribute more than $1.9 million in Conservation Futures and a grant from the state Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Spokane City Parks & Rec Dept Category: Water Access WWRP Grant: NULL Applicant Match: 1947500 Project Type: Acquisition County: Spokane Legislative District: 6 Status: Board Preliminary Approved RCO Project # 16-1527

Location Details

From I-90, take exit 280 (Maple Street). Turn left (north) on Walnut which eventually turns into Maple. Take Maple Street to Maxwell Avenue and turn left (west) on Maxwell. Maxwell turns into Pettet Drive. Follow Pettet Drive to TJ Meenach Bridge and head west over the Spokane River. Take the first left. Property will be on the left side.

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.