Lyons Ferry

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If eastern Washington calls to you, Lyons Ferry State Park is sure to enthrall. Tree-shaded green lawns gracefully slope to the cooling waters of the Snake and Palouse rivers. The hills of the Palouse, on a landscape carved by powerful Ice Age floods, lie beyond the water.

This day-use park also may awaken your inner historian: In addition to its interesting geology, the park was long home to native people, including the Palouse Indian Tribe. Its history includes a visit by the 34-member Corps of Discovery that included Lewis and Clark, on their westward journey in October 1805. Later in the 19th century, the park became the site of a ferry crossing that served the area for more than 100 years.  

For those who want to relax and enjoy, the wide spot on the rivers is a lure for picnickers, boaters, swimmers and water sports fans, as well as anglers casting out for the catch of the day. 

For more land-based activities in the area, bring bikes and ride the Columbia Plateau State Park Trail from Ice Harbor Dam to the Snake River Junction. Palouse Falls State Park, also in the region, offers spectacular views of Washington’s state waterfall. Camping is available at Lewis and Clark Trail State Park 45 minutes away.

Park features 

Lyons Ferry is a 168-acre day-use park with more than 52,000 feet of shoreline at the confluence of the Snake and Palouse rivers. Lyons Ferry was named after the Lyons family, who for several years operated the ferry across the Snake River. The ferry service ran from 1860 to 1968, when it was replaced by a bridge.

Discover Pass: A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.
  1. Activities
  2. Boating
  3. History

ADA amenities/facilities

  • Restroom


  • Two restrooms, one with hot showers



  • Hiking trails

Water activities & features

  • Boating
  • Boat ramp
  • Freshwater fishing
  • Personal watercraft use
  • Swimming

Other activities & features

  • Bird watching
  • Picnicking
  • Interpretive displays