Riverside State Park Classification and Management Plan

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The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is beginning a public process regarding the planning of the Riverside State Park—Lake Spokane area. We are committed to preparing comprehensive land use plans for each of our parks and in some cases, updating existing plans when necessary. Riverside State Park is one such example that requires additional planning. The Riverside State Park—Lake Spokane area is comprised of a patchwork of public and private lands located adjacent to Lake Spokane, a reservoir created by Long Lake Dam. State Parks manages some of these properties in partnership with the Department of Natural Resources, Spokane County, and Avista Corporation .  The plan will help determine future use and development of these properties.  

We term our planning effort CAMP, which stands for Classification and Management Plan. When completed, a CAMP describes the intended uses that may occur in the park, the park long-term boundary, and specific management steps that will guide operation of the park. The Parks and Recreation Commission adopts the final CAMP after considerable deliberation and public comment.

This effort will focus primarily on state-managed land surrounding Lake Spokane with the purpose of augmenting, but not replacing, the existing Riverside CAMP. You are invited to participate in our process with other participants to help inform the development of this plan.  The scope, schedule, and phases of the Riverside planning project is attached on this web page to provide you with more information.

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For questions, contact:
Michael Hankinson, Park Planner
Email: Planning
PO Box 42650
Olympia WA 98504
Ph: (360) 902-8671
Fx: (360) 586-0207

Stage One - Identify issues and concerns

The purpose of this stage is to understand what is important to the park community, what to change or save in the state park. This helps get a sense of the range and type of issues that need to be considered through the planning process.

Stage One Documents

Stage Two – Exploring alternative approaches

At this stage, the planning team suggests potential alternative approaches to address the various issues and concerns raised by people in stage one. No preferred alternative is established; rather this is an opportunity to understand the range of possibilities.

Stage Two Documents

Stage Three – Preparing preliminary recommendations

The best ideas from the alternative approaches developed in stage two are combined into a preliminary plan in this stage. The plan includes recommendations for use and development of land, changes to property boundaries and ways to address issues raised during the planning process. Another important document completed at this stage is the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) checklist that describes environmental impacts of the recommendations.

Stage Three Documents

Stage Four – Preparing final recommendations

At stage four, final adjustments are made to recommendations and submitted to the seven-member Parks and Recreation Commission for approval. The public is encouraged to attend the Commission meeting and provide testimony or to provide written comment.

Stage Four Documents

Miscellaneous Documents