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10 Top-Rated Campgrounds near Spokane

Written by Brad Lane
Jan 16, 2019

Twenty miles west of the Idaho border in eastern Washington, Spokane is a cultural hub surrounded by natural attractions and a beautiful area for camping. The Little Spokane and Spokane Rivers run through the city, surrounded by the sprawling Riverside Park, and stunning scenery like the Selkirk Mountains, Ice Age waterfalls, and massive reservoirs can be found nearby.

Campgrounds surrounding Spokane enable multi-day exploration of these beautiful places to visit, attracting thousands of tourists and overnight visitors each year, including campgrounds at places like Farragut and Heyburn State Parks across state lines in Idaho. Adventures stem from all the campgrounds near Spokane, and whether it's climbing a mountain, navigating a canyon, or simply appreciating the passing of a day. Find the best areas to sleep in the wilderness with our list of the top campgrounds near Spokane.

1. Bowl and Pitcher Campground, Riverside State Park Editor's Pick

Suspension Bridge at Bowl and Pitcher

Suspension Bridge at Bowl and Pitcher | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

A sterling natural space of the city, and home to many of Spokane's best hiking trails, Riverside State Park encompasses over 10,000 acres along the Spokane and Little Spokane Rivers on the northwest edge of the city. Hundreds of miles of multi-use trails stretch throughout the different designated areas of the park, including the beginning of the 40-mile Spokane River Centennial State Park Trail, which extends to the Idaho border. Other popular recreational outlets at Riverside include rock climbing, off-highway vehicle operating, and a wide variety of water activities.

Riverside State Park features four different camping areas to choose from, including an equestrian-only campground, with some of the most sought-after sites located at the Bowl and Pitcher area of the park. Over thirty sites at Bowl and Pitcher accommodate tent campers and RVs with partial-hookups available, and two large group campsites can be reserved ahead of time. Alongside showers and flushing restrooms facilities, the campsites are located near the namesake feature of the area — large basalt rock outcroppings on the banks of the scenic Spokane River. Visitors can view and explore this dramatic landscape via a Civilian Conservation Corps-era suspension bridge.

Official site: https://parks.state.wa.us/573/Riverside

2. Mount Spokane State Park

Campsite at Mount Spokane State Park

Campsite at Mount Spokane State Park | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

An hour northeast of the city center, Mount Spokane and the surrounding Selkirk Mountains host one of the largest state parks in Washington. Year-round recreation is available with multi-use trails leading up to and around the summit of Mount Spokane, with over 50 kilometers of groomed Nordic trails defining the winter space. Visitors can hike to three different mountain summits within the state park, including Kit Carson, Day Mountain, and Mount Spokane itself.

Popular for family outings and overnight trips, the campground at Mount Spokane features eight standard campsites available on a first-come, first-served basis with access to flushing restrooms and potable water. Alternatively, overnight visitors to Mount Spokane can also reserve the non-electric Quartz Mountain Fire Lookout to spend the night, which sleeps four comfortably at a view-enabling elevation of 5,129 feet.

3. Heyburn State Park

Chatcolet Lake at Heyburn State Park

Chatcolet Lake at Heyburn State Park

Established in 1908, Heyburn State Park is the oldest state park in the Pacific Northwest and still today one of the most popular. An hour drive from Spokane and across state lines in Idaho, Heyburn State Park is located on the shores of Chatcolet Lake south of Coeur D'Alene. Hiking, mountain biking, and horse riding are all popular land activities enjoyed at Heyburn State Park, and boat rentals enable anyone to enjoy the water. A popular pedestrian path for cyclists and wildlife watchers, the 72-mile paved Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes also makes its way through the park on its route across the Idaho panhandle.

Camping at Heyburn State Park is split into three different areas. The scenic Hawleys Landing features over 50 sites, mostly accommodating RVs with full hookups available. On the opposite shore of the Chatcolet Lake, Chatcolet Campground caters specifically to tent campers with 38 sites to pitch a tent. All sites at Hawleys Landing and Chatcolet feature showers and flushing restroom facilities and can be reserved ahead of any visit. Farther east within the state park, on the shores of Benewah Lake, the Benewah Campground features a mix of tent sites and RV spaces available on a first-come, first-served basis.

4. Liberty Lake Regional Park

Liberty Lake

Liberty Lake | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

Southeast of Spokane near the Idaho/Washington border, Liberty Lake Regional Park offers waterside amenities the whole family can enjoy. One of the best hiking trails near Spokane is the eight-mile Liberty Lake Loop Trail within the park, and swimming, non-motorized boating, and fishing are always popular throughout the summer months. The campground at Liberty Lake features approximately 17 RV sites and 10 designated spaces to pitch a tent, as well as cabins and group sites. Open seasonally between May and October, all sites are reservable ahead of time and include access to flushing restrooms, hot showers, and a central waste system for sewage.

Official site: https://www.spokanecounty.org/Facilities/Facility/Details/Liberty-Lake-Regional-Park-39

5. Palouse Falls State Park

Palouse Falls

Palouse Falls

The designated state waterfall of Washington, Palouse Falls plunges over 200 feet to make a big impact on anyone who visits. It's a two-hour drive from Spokane, and of all the best waterfalls in Washington, Palouse Falls really stands out thanks to its sheer size and the colorful basalt canyon into which it pours. Ice Age floods created the falls many millennia ago, and the surrounding state park features three scenic viewpoints, including an ADA walking path adjacent to the parking lot. The campground at Palouse Falls features 11 primitive tent sites with access to a vault toilet and seasonal drinking water. Available on a first-come, first-served basis, sites at Palouse Falls often fill on warm-weather weekends.

6. Farragut State Park

Camping at Farragut State Park

Camping at Farragut State Park | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

Across state lines in Idaho, Farragut State Park is located on the southern point of the scenic Lake Pend Oreille in the Idaho Panhandle. Nature and recreation abound at Farragut, as does history within the naval-focused Museum at the Brig at the state park. Miles of multi-use trails wind throughout the park, and the four professional 18-hole disc golf courses within its boundaries make Farragut extremely popular for professional disc golfers and amateurs alike.

One of the best campgrounds in Idaho, Farragut can be reached from Spokane within an hour's drive. Well over 200 sites are available at Farragut State Park, spread over four main camping areas. Catering towards tent campers and recreation vehicles, Farragut also facilitates group camps, equestrian areas, and furnished cabins. All overnight and day-use visitors to this popular state park have access to flushing restroom facilities and hot showers.

Official site: https://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/parks/farragut

7. Lake Spokane Campground, Riverside State Park

Lake Spokane swimming access

Lake Spokane swimming access | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

For campsites with a view, Lake Spokane Campground overlooks the water on a high bluff, 30 minutes northwest of the city. As part of the larger Riverside State Park, this campground is a popular spot for those who want quick access to the waters of Lake Spokane. It features a public boat launch and accessible dock for fishing, and an unsupervised swimming area is also available near the campground.

Lake Spokane Campground offers 11 primitive sites, which can accommodate all sizes of RVs with no hookups on-site. Potable water and vault toilets are accessible for all overnight users, and four boat-in camping areas are also available on a first-come, first-served basis.

8. Edgewater Campground, Colville National Forest

Colville National Forest countryside

Colville National Forest countryside

North of Spokane in the Colville National Forest, Edgewater Campground provides quick access to Lake Pend Oreille and the surrounding Selkirk Mountains. A public boat launch on Lake Pend Oreille invites jet skiing, water skiing, and tubing, and a small designated swimming area along the river is great for cooling off in the water. The site features 19 campsites accommodating tent campers and RVs, and numerous hiking trails also stem from the campground.

The nearby Sullivan Lake Road, easily accessed from the campground, is popular for road cycling and auto-touring. Drinking water and vault toilets are available during the warm-weather operating season.

9. Nine Mile Recreation Area, Riverside State Park

Deep Creek Canyon near Nine Mile Recreation Area

Deep Creek Canyon near Nine Mile Recreation Area | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane

One of four camping areas within Riverside State Park, north of the Bowl and Pitcher area and on the banks of the Spokane River, the Nine Mile Recreation Area features 21 full-hookup RV sites right next to the water. Popular water activities at Nine Mile include fishing, swimming, and utilizing the public boat launch. The entire Nine Mile Recreation Area is also defined by hiking and mountain biking trails, and come winter, cross-country skiers and snowshoers can often be seen moving through the trees.

Three tent sites are also available at Riverside State Park, but the campground is best suited for recreation vehicles. Showers, potable water, and flushing restroom facilities are available to all visitors of the recreation area. The campground is also closely located to the massive Deep Creek Canyon portion of Riverside State Park. A short commute from the campground, Deep Creek Canyon offers creek bed hiking trails, bolted climbing routes, and basalt landscapes that are fun to explore.

10. Kettle Falls Campground, Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area

Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area

Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area

Encompassing the 130-mile reservoir on the Columbia River created by the Grand Coulee Dam, Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area lends quick access to this massive body of water. Numerous designated swimming areas at Lake Roosevelt allow the public to take a dip, and the 22 public boat launches appeal to boat owners or those renting from the two marinas operated within the recreation area. The National Park Service also hosts guided canoe rides throughout the summer. Fishing is allowed on Lake Roosevelt outside of harbors and designated swimming areas, and anglers often aim to land rainbow trout, white sturgeon, and yellow perch.

Other activities of interest at Lake Roosevelt, which lies less than three hours from Spokane, include auto-touring, road cycling, and walking through history at places like the Fort Spokane Visitor Center and Museum. Numerous campgrounds can be found throughout the recreation area, many of which like Spring Canyon and Gifford Campgrounds have great views of the lake.

One of the largest campgrounds at Lake Roosevelt, Kettle Falls Campground also lends quick access to the Kettle Falls Marina and corresponding day-use area. A popular place throughout the summer, Kettle Falls Campground features 29 campsites accommodating tent campers or RVs with potable water and flushing toilets available.

Official site: https://www.nps.gov/laro/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm

Where to Stay in Spokane after Camping

  • Mid-Range Hotels: For a hot shower and roof overhead after camping, Spokane offers a plethora of quality hotels to spend the night. For a downtown stay close to Gonzaga University, Oxford suites Downtown Spokane overlooks the Spokane River and is well reputed for extra-clean facilities, friendly staff, and an evening reception. North of downtown, Quality Inn Oakwood is another favorite mid-range hotel in the city, which provides hot breakfast items, fast and reliable Wi-Fi, as well as a pool and hot tub area. A newer hotel in the area, La Quinta Inn & Suites Spokane North features a modern lobby, guest rooms with comfortable beds, an exercise room, and pool facility.
  • Budget Hotels: Great hotels in Spokane that won't break the budget can be found surrounding the downtown area. One of the highest-rated, most affordable hotels in Spokane, the Ramada by Wyndham North Spokane offers competitive pricing and the unbeatable service you'd expect from a major hotel chain. Near the Ramada, the Apple Tree Inn provides a more cozy feeling and comfortable place to spend the night. South of the downtown district, the Super 8 by Wyndham Spokane/West has an affordable overnight rate, which includes continental breakfast and access to a well-maintained fitness facility and pool and spa area.

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