Sunday, March 24, 2013

Lower Spokane River, Stevens and Lincoln Counties, Washington

From Little Falls Dam to Lake Roosevelt/Columbia River
 
Lower Spokane River... Listed in this section are the river access points on the south side of the river, the non-Indian Reservation side of the river/reservoir. This 29 mile section of the river below Little Falls Dam to the Columbia River/Lake Roosevelt is know has the Spokane Arm of Lake Roosevelt. It is a popular camping and boating area primarily for power boats, house boats, and sailors. There is a small white water section of the river below the Little Falls Dam known by some white water kayakers. Below the rapids the river turns into Lake Roosevelt. Several amenities are available here including several paved launches and access points, boat fuel available at McCoy's, and Two Rivers Resort where the Spokane River empties into the Columbia River/Lake Roosevelt. The big draw on this portion of the river is Fort Spokane which includes a visitor center, historic museum, campground, launches, and other facilities. The other attractions are the Two Rivers Casino and Resort. Unfortunately the area has recently been experiencing a 20' Tasmanian wave created by a slide that temporarily damaged Porcupine Bay Launch and docks. Strong winds frequent the area to the liking of sailors and not so much to water skiers. Camping in this area is not only a great experience but also gives you access to Lake Roosevelt with over a 100 miles of navigate-able water. Fishing on this portion of the river is popular. The scenery is also spectacular here due in part to the high mountains. The Grand Coulee Dam creates Lake Roosevelt (reservoir) and the water from this reservoir backs up just 2 miles short of the Little Falls Dam. For reservoir water levels and Grand Coulee Dam information go to http://www.usbr.gov/pn/grandcoulee For info about Lake Roosevelt recreation, camping, etc. and Fort Spokane go to http://www.nps.gov/laro/index.htm or call 509.633.9441. For boating info and regulations visit http://www.nps.gov/laro/planyourvisit/boating.htm . Directions: State Road 25 follows along the eastern lakeshore, connecting the north district to the south via Fort Spokane and Porcupine Bay. For detailed directions see sections below.
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LINCOLN COUNTY LAUNCH AND ACCESS POINT


1. Laughbon Landing (Lincoln County)

This little know landing is a perfect place for kayakers and fishermen with small craft to launch from. There is a gate that blocks trailer launching, but this is easy to get around by those portaging their craft to the waters edge. There is a gradual wide bank from the gravel road to the water. This site includes a pebble beach and gravel parking area in front of the gate. There is no restroom and running water. This landing is directly on the opposite side (south) of the reservoir from Blue Creek campground area. One could boat directly north from this landing to this campground. Directions: From I90 near Ritzville WA. take Exit 232 on E. Danekas Rd going west. Turn right onto N Hills Rd; N Hills Rd. becomes Harrington Tokyo Rd. Turn left onto WA-23/E Sherlock St. Turn right onto S 3rd St./WA-23, then right onto S 3rd. ST/WA-23. South 3rd St./WA-23 becomes WA-28. S 3RD ST/WA-23 becomes WA-28; Turn Right onto Morgan St/US-2. Continue to follow US-2;. Turn right onto Morgan St/US-2. Continue to follow US-2;.Turn left onto WA-25. Turn right onto Porcupine Bay Rd. N, Follow this road directly into the park. Maps: To view a map click on the following link http://www.mapquest.com and type Fort Spokane, WA.


2. Porcupine Bay Campground & Boat Launch (Lincoln County)

Porcupine Campground is a beautiful forested park. Amenities include a double paved launch with large parking area, restrooms, running water, beaches, swim area, day use area, and tent and RV campsites. Great place to boat or fish from or head up river towards the Little Falls Dam. Directions: From I90 near Ritzville WA. take Exit 232 on E. Danekas Rd going west. Turn right onto N Hills Rd. (N Hills Rd. becomes Harrington Tokyo Rd.). Turn left onto WA-23/E Sherlock St. Turn right onto S 3rd St./WA-23. Turn right onto S 3rd. ST/WA-23. (S 3rd St./WA-23 becomes WA-28, and S 3RD ST/WA-23 becomes WA-28). Turn right onto Morgan St/US-2. Continue to follow US-2. Turn right onto Morgan St/US-2. Continue to follow US-2. Turn left onto WA-25. Turn right onto Porcupine Bay Rd. N. Turn right onto Laughbon Landing Rd. N. Drive to the end of this road. Maps: To view a map click on the following link http://www.mapquest.com and type Fort Spokane, WA. Then follow the directions.

FORT SPOKANE CAMPGROUND AND LAUNCH, LINCOLN COUNTY

 Fort Spokane is a popular camping and boating area. Visit the historic Fort Spokane museum for rich history of this area. Fort Spokane Campground, includes RV & tents sites, boat launch, docks, beautiful beaches, swim area, restrooms, shaded picnic areas, and hiking trails. Across the bridge from this park are the Twin River Casino, marina & launch, motel, store, and RV park. The opposite side of the river from Fort Spokane is the Spokane Indian Reservation. You could boat from this location for weeks and not see all of Lake Roosevelt and the Spokane arm of this reservoir. Directions: From I90 near Ritzville WA. take Exit 232 on E. Danekas Rd going west. Turn right onto N Hills Rd (N Hills Rd. becomes Harrington Tokyo Rd). Turn left onto WA-23/E Sherlock St. Turn right onto S 3rd St./WA-23. Turn right onto S 3rd. ST/WA-23. (S 3rd St./WA-23 becomes WA-28. S 3RD, and ST/WA-23 becomes WA-28). Turn right onto Morgan St/US-2. Continue to follow US-2. Turn right onto Morgan St/US-2. Continue to follow US-2. Turn left onto WA-25. At the sign indicating the boat launch facility (you will see a large parking lot to your left) turn right to go to the boat launch or left to go to the sandy beaches and swim area.  Welcome to Fort Spokane State Park. Maps: To view a map click on http://www.mapquest.com and type Fort Spokane, WA.  Info: For info about Lake Roosevelt recreation, camping, etc. and Fort Spokane go to http://www.nps.gov/laro/index.htm or call 509.633.9441. For boating info and regulations visit http://www.nps.gov/laro/planyourvisit/boating.htm


3. Fort Spokane Boat Launch & Docks (Lincoln County)
 
3.5. Fort Spokane Boat Beach (Lincoln County)


Highway 25 Spokane River Bridge (Lincoln and Stevens Counties)
Between Fort Spokane State Park & Twin Rivers Resort/Casino

4. Detillion, 5. Ponderosa, 6. Crystal Cove (see map above. Lincoln County):
All three of these river side campsites are boat in only. NOTICE: If someone tells you Detillion campsite (located just down river from the Fort Spokane Launch/Park) can be accessed via vehicle, they are incorrect. Access to Detillion is blocked by a private ranch. This is a boat in only site.

SPOKANE INDIAN RESERVATION / STEVENS COUNTY LAUNCHES AND ACCESS

The Spokane Indian Reservation has quite a few public river access sites as well as sites available only to the Spokane Indian Reservation members. Listed here are only those sites that are open to the general public. Availability of these sites to the public can vary from year to year based on the Indian Reservations current polices, etc. Visit the Spokane Indian Tribe website at http://www.spokanetribe.com to confirm if the site you are interested in is open. Typically all river access sites listed here are open to the public; we take no responsibility if a site is closes without closure indicated here. This 29 mile section of the river from below Little Falls Dam to the Columbia River/Lake Roosevelt is know has the Spokane Arm of Lake Roosevelt. It is a popular camping and boating area primarily for power boats, house boats, and sailors. There is a small white water section of the river below the Little Falls Dam which is known by some white water kayakers. Below the rapids the river turns into part of Lake Roosevelt with several paved launches and access points. Boat fuel is available at either McCoy's Resort or Twin Rivers Resort on the Spokane Indian Reservation. The big draws on the Spokane Indian Reservation along the river are the Twin Rivers Casino and the many sandy beaches at the various public access points. Strong winds frequent the area to the liking of sailors and not so much to water skiers. Camping in this area is a great experience and gives one access to Lake Roosevelt with over 100 miles of navigate-able water. Fishing on this portion of the river is popular (as is the rest of  the Spokane River). The scenery is spectacular due in part to the high mountains along the river. Info: The Wellpinit School District on the Spokane Indian Tribe reservation has some good info at http://www.wellpinit.wednet.edu/


1. Wynecoop Access

Wynecoop Access point is less than 2 miles below the dam. This is the only river access point below the Little Falls Dam before it slows and turns into a reservoir. It has an old paved launch that can be difficult to use because of the mound of dirt and rock in front of it, a truck and trailer with high clearance could access it. Be advised that if you back too far down this ramp it drops off abruptly and you could potentially drop your trailer wheels off it and get stuck. However next to this ramp is a primitive gravel launch that gradually descends into the river and is much better suited for launching. There are no restrooms or running water, and camping is not allowed. The road to this river launch is to the left before the sign on road that says "No Trespassing, This is not a public road. Strictly Enforced." The gravel road nearest the sign is a private drive. Directions: Traveling north or south on HWY 231 when you are near the Spokane River turn left onto Little Falls Rd. E. When this road descends to the Spokane River and you proceed past Little Falls Dam, turn left onto Wynecoop-Cayuse Mtn Rd. Follow this road to where a sign says "No Trespassing, This is not a public road. Strictly Enforced." Turn left on the second gravel road prior to reaching the sign (you can see the sign from the gravel road) and on the other side of the road from the sign. The gravel road nearest the sign and across the street is a private residence road. Maps: To view a map click on the following link http://www.mapquest.com and type Fort Spokane, WA. Follow the directions to Fort Spokane, then continue on across the river/bridge and continue to follow the directions as indicated above.


2. Blue Creek Access & Bay

Blue Creek Campground is posted as a tribal campground only, but many non-tribal members camp here. Contact the Spokane Indian Tribe about the current status of this site for non-tribal members. This location is particularly known as the area that kayaker like to camp at before going up river toward the Little Falls Dam. Porcupine Campground across the river/reservoir is a good alternative campsite but can be very congested during the summer.  This site has only a few shaded locations to camp at unless you drive further up the dirt road and then hike a little into the trees in the gulch. This creek has created one of the few bays on this section of the river/reservoir where one can anchor a boat to get out of the main channel from boats and bad weather. There is a large level grassy area to play sports, Frisbee, etc. on. Restrooms are poorly maintained and are not wheelchair accessible. Be advised that the Blue Creek Rd., which leads down to the river/reservoir, dead ends at the bay area, and does not lead back to the main road as indicated on most maps. Also this road is very steep but less so than the other campground roads in this area. Unfortunately the dirt road has a lot of ruts and loose rocks that make the trip down to the river/reservoir a bit difficult. If you are pulling a trailer it's best to have a vehicle with 4x4 that has the power to go up 6% grades with areas of sand, loose small boulders and rock, and gravel. Directions: From I90 near Ritzville WA. take Exit 232 on E. Danekas Rd going west. Turn right onto N Hills Rd (N Hills Rd. becomes Harrington Tokyo R); Turn Left onto WA-23/E Sherlock St; Turn Right onto S 3rd St./WA-23; Turn Right onto S 3rd (ST/WA-23. S 3rd St./WA-23 becomes WA-28. S 3RD) (ST/WA-23 becomes WA-28); Turn Right onto Morgan St/US-2; Continue to follow US-2; Turn Right onto Morgan St/US-2; Continue to follow US-2; Turn Left onto (HWY) WA-25. Cross the HWY 25 bridge and continue up the hill toward Fruitland & Kettle Falls. Turn right onto Peters Rd. stay on this road until it T's into West-end Rd. Turn right onto West-end Rd. On this road keep an eye out for the wood sign that says Blue Creek Campground (Sign indicates this site is only for tribal members, so again contact the tribe for the current status of this site). As you pass the sign continue on down the road to the river/reservoir. Maps: To view a map click on the following link http://www.mapquest.com  and type Fort Spokane, WA. Follow the directions to Fort Spokane, then continue on across the river/bridge and continue to follow the directions as indicated above.


3. Raccoon Cove & 8. Maggie Shoup's Access


4. No Name Access - TBA


5. Sand Creek Access

All these campgrounds have sandy beaches but none of them have a boat launch. Raccoon Cove is furthest northwest then in succession going southeast is Maggie Shoup's, then No Name, and last Sandy Beach. Raccoon Cove is spot that is most scenic with its rock formations and is nestled in a canon like location. It's also a more popular spot to swim due to the more protected nature of the cove. There is one dock at the No Name campground and a swim dock/platform at Raccoon Cove. At this site there are many spots where one can tent or RV camp. There are shaded and non-shaded camping areas. Restrooms are poorly maintained and are not wheelchair accessible. Be advised that the roads that lead down to the river/reservoir are very steep. If you are pulling a trailer its best to have a vehicle with 4x4 that has the power to go up 6% grades with areas of sand and loose gravel. Directions: From I90 near Ritzville WA. take Exit 232 on E. Danekas Rd going west on this road. Turn Right onto N Hills Rd; N Hills Rd. becomes Harrington Tokyo Rd; Turn Left onto WA-23/E Sherlock St; Turn Right onto S 3rd St./WA-23; Turn Right onto S 3rd; ST/WA-23. S 3rd St./WA-23 becomes WA-28. S 3RD ST/WA-23 becomes WA-28; Turn Right onto Morgan St/US-2; Continue to follow US-2; Turn Right onto Morgan St/US-2; Continue to follow US-2; Turn Left onto (HWY) WA-25. Cross the HWY 25 bridge and continue up the hill toward Fruitland & Kettle Falls. Turn right onto Peters Rd. stay on this road until it T's into West-end Rd. Turn right onto West-end Rd. On this road keep an eye out for the one wood sign that says Campground, Chief Three Mountain, Raccoon Cove, Maggie Shoupe, No Name (Sandy Creek is not on the sign). As you pass the sign and the road curves to the left stay left and continue on down the hill. Raccoon Cove and Maggie Shoup's is on a dirty road to the left has you go down the hill, and No Name and Sandy Creek are further down the dirt road as you pass the dirty road to Raccoon Cove. Maps: To view a map click on the following link http://www.mapquest.com and type Fort Spokane, WA. US. Then follow the directions to Fort Spokane, then continue on across the river/bridge and continue to follow the directions as indicated above.


6. Chief Three Mountains Access


6.5 Chief Three Mountains Access

This camp area has no launch but does have extensive beautiful sandy beaches. At this site there are many spots where one can tent or RV camp. There are shaded and non-shaded camping areas. Restrooms are poorly maintained and are not wheelchair accessible. Be advised that the roads that lead down to the river/reservoir are very steep. If you are pulling a trailer its best to have a vehicle with 4x4 that has the power to go up 6% grades with areas of sand and loose gravel. Directions: From I90 near Ritzville WA. take Exit 232 on E. Danekas Rd going west. Turn Right onto N Hills Rd (N Hills Rd. becomes Harrington Tokyo Rd); Turn Left onto WA-23/E Sherlock St; Turn Right onto S 3rd St./WA-23; Turn Right onto S 3rd (ST/WA-23. S 3rd St./WA-23 becomes WA-28). (S 3RD ST/WA-23 becomes WA-28); Turn Right onto Morgan St/US-2; Continue to follow US-2; Turn Right onto Morgan St/US-2; Continue to follow US-2; Turn Left onto (HWY) WA-25. Cross the HWY 25 bridge and continue up the hill toward Fruitland & Kettle Falls. Turn right onto Peters Rd. stay on this road until it T's into West-end Rd. Turn right onto West-end Rd. On this road keep an eye out for the one wood sign that says Campgrounds, Hidden Beach, Hole in the Wall, Horeshoe Point, & Spokane River. Maps: To view a map click on the following link http://www.mapquest.com and type Fort Spokane, WA. US. Then follow the directions to Fort Spokane, then continue on across the river/bridge and continue to follow the directions as indicated above.


7. Spokane River Beach Access


8. Hidden Beach


8.5 Hidden Beach & Dock Access

Spokane River Beach Access campground and Hidden Beaches campground are connected from northwest to southeast with one long sandy beach. There is one dock at the southeast end of Hidden Beach. At this site there are many shaded and non-shaded areas where one can tent or RV camp. Restrooms are poorly maintained and are not wheelchair accessible. Be advised that the roads that lead down to the river/reservoir are very steep. If you are pulling a trailer its best to have a vehicle with 4x4 that has the power to go up 6% grades with areas of sand and loose gravel. Directions: From I90 near Ritzville WA. take Exit 232 on E. Danekas Rd heading west. Turn right onto N Hills Rd. North Hills Rd. becomes Harrington Tokyo Rd. Turn left onto WA-23/E Sherlock St. Turn right onto S 3rd St./WA-23. (S 3rd St./WA-23 becomes WA-28.) Turn right onto Morgan St/US-2. Continue to follow US-2. Turn right onto Morgan St/US-2. Continue to follow US-2. Turn left onto (HWY) WA-25. Cross the HWY 25 bridge and continue up the hill toward Fruitland & Kettle Falls. Turn right onto Peters Rd. Stay on this road until it T's into West-end Rd. Turn right onto West-end Rd. On this road keep an eye out for the wood sign that says Campgrounds, Hidden Beach, Hole in the Wall, Horeshoe Point, & Spokane River. Maps: To view a map click on the following link http://www.mapquest.com and type Fort Spokane, WA., then follow the directions to Fort Spokane. Continue on across the river/bridge and continue to follow the directions as indicated above.


9. Cornelius Campground & Launch

At Cornelius Campground there is a primitive boat launch suitable for small lightweight power boats, etc. This is the only launch on the Spokane arm of Lake Roosevelt along the Spokane Indian Reservation. At this site there are many spots where one can tent or RV camp. There are both shaded and non-shaded camping areas. Restrooms are poorly maintained and are not wheelchair accessible. There are beautiful sandy beaches ideal sun bathing and other activities. Be advised that the roads that lead down to the river/reservoir are very steep. If you are pulling a trailer its best to have a vehicle with 4x4 that has the power to go up 6% grades with areas of sand and loose gravel. Directions: From I90 near Ritzville WA. take Exit 232 on E. Danekas Rd going west. Turn right onto N Hills Rd; N Hills Rd. becomes Harrington Tokyo Rd. Turn left onto WA-23/E Sherlock St.Turn right onto S 3rd St./WA-23. Turn right onto S 3rd; ST/WA-23. S 3rd St./WA-23 becomes WA-28. S 3RD ST/WA-23 becomes WA-28. Turn right onto Morgan St/US-2. Continue to follow US-2. Turn right onto Morgan St/US-2. Continue to follow US-2. Turn left onto (HWY) WA-25. Cross the HWY 25 bridge and continue up the hill toward Fruitland & Kettle Falls. Turn right onto Peters Rd.. Stay on this road until it T's into West-end Rd. Turn right onto West-end Rd. On this road keep an eye out for the wood Cornelius Campground sign. Maps: To view a map click on the following link http://www.mapquest.com and type Fort Spokane, WA. US. Follow the directions to Fort Spokane, then continue on across the river/bridge and continue to follow the directions as indicated above.



10. McCoys Resort

This seasonal resort on the Spokane Indian Tribe Reservation is open from Memorial Day to Labor day. Besides at Two Rivers Resort this is the only place on the Spokane River portion of Lake Roosevelt with fuel for boats. There is a small store, day use area, and beach. This site has docks, beach, shaded area, restrooms, running water, and picnic area. Directions: From I90 near Ritzville WA. take Exit 232 on E. Danekas Rd going west on this road. Turn Right onto N Hills Rd. N Hills Rd. becomes Harrington Tokyo Rd. Turn left onto WA-23/E Sherlock St. Turn right onto S 3rd St./WA-23. Turn right onto S 3rd (ST/WA-23. S 3rd St./WA-23 becomes WA-28). Turn right onto Morgan St/US-2. Continue to follow US-2. Turn right onto Morgan St/US-2. Continue to follow US-2. Turn left onto (HWY) WA-25. Cross the HWY 25 bridge and continue up the hill toward Fruitland & Kettle Falls. Turn right onto Peters Rd. Stay on this road for almost 5 miles. On the right side of road 631/Mccoy Marina Rd, you will see a wood sign indicating McCoys Resort. This sign is right after the Pierre Point Campground sign (a private water side camp area for tribe members only). Maps: To view a map click on the following link http://www.mapquest.com and type Fort Spokane, WA. Follow the directions to Fort Spokane, then continue on across the river/bridge and continue to follow the directions as indicated above.


11. Twin Rivers Casino, Resort, Marina, & Launch


11.5. Twin Rivers Resort Beach

Two Rivers Casino & Resort on the Spokane Indian Reservation has the only Floating Marina on Lake Roosevelt (the arm of the lake that portion of the Spokane River). With 660 miles of shoreline where the Spokane and Columbia Rivers meet, it's an ideal place for water skiing, wake boarding, boating, sailing, fishing or just lounging on the beach. One million visitors per year can't be wrong. The Resort has 101 RV sites and 32 tent sites with beautiful views of Lake Roosevelt and Spokane River Reservoir. All RV sites are full hook-ups equipped with a barbecue, picnic table, and patio. In addition there are restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, pavilion, day use areas, playgrounds, and dump station. Call 509.722.5500 for more information or send an email to vacations@two-rivers-casino.com for reservation information. Visit their website at http://www.two-rivers-casino.com Directions: From I90 near Ritzville WA. take Exit 232 on E. Danekas Rd going west. Turn right onto N Hills Rd. (N Hills Rd. becomes Harrington Tokyo Rd.). Turn left onto WA-23/E Sherlock St. Turn right onto S 3rd St./WA-23 (S 3rd St./WA-23 becomes WA-28.) Turn right onto Morgan St/US-2. Continue to follow US-2. Turn right onto Morgan St/US-2. Continue to follow US-2. Turn left onto WA-25. Cross the HWY 25 bridge and once across the resort is to your left (easy to see). Maps: To view a map click on the following link http://www.mapquest.com and type Fort Spokane, WA., then follow the directions for Fort Spokane. Directly across the river/bridge is the resort on the map.

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