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Final State Park free days upcoming

The final Washington State Parks free days are Nov. 11 and Nov. 29. A Discover Pass is not required on those days.

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 8, 2018

Idaho’s state parks add $184 million to state’s economy in 2016

Idaho’s state parks contributed $184 million to the state’s economy in 2016, according to a new study.

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 13, 2017

Study: Oregon’s state parks put $1B into economy

A study by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department finds visitors to the state’s parks contributed more than $1 billion to the economy and supported 16,000 jobs in 2016.

Reader photo: Breezing over the Palouse

Steve Baran flies his hangglider from Steptoe Butte State Park, looking down over Hume Road and the white waves of snowy Palouse farm land toward Tekoa Mountain.

Field reports: Boundary Dam forebay closed for camping improvements

Canoeing, kayaking and camping through Z Canyon on the Pend Oreille River downstream from Metaline Falls has been tough to pull off since July 10 when Seattle City Light closed …

In brief: Hunters prepare for season at Farragut Shooting Range

The Farragut Shooting Range north of Coeur d’Alene has become a venue for special events and an annual pit stop for hunters preparing for the upcoming hunting seasons.

Handy man on Mount Spokane: Can-do state park manager Steve Christensen retiring

For 17 years, Mount Spokane State Park has been blessed, according to numerous testimonials, with a manager who’s handled user issues and conflicts as deftly as he’s dealt with power …

Hikers relish Little Spokane River Natural Area, new trail additions

The Little Spokane River Natural Area has been a haven for flora, fauna and people who appreciate them for decades, and a vastly improved hiking trail system is enhancing the …

UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017

Gray wolves getting comfortable with Mount Spokane

For the second consecutive year, a Spokane man’s motion-activated trail camera has captured an image of what appears to be a gray wolf in Mount Spokane State Park. Wolves are …

Popular Spokane-area hiking trails expanded, improved

Hikers and mountain bikers are out for a pleasant surprise when they make their next visit to some of the Spokane area’s most popular trail systems.

Riverside State Park long-term planning begins with public meetings

OUTINVOLVED – Riverside State Park is inviting the public to “brainstorm” potential changes and updates to the popular Spokane-area gem during long-term planning meetings that begin this week. Two initial …

Ranger Rick celebrates 45 years with Washington State Parks

Millions of people call Deception Pass State Park home, albeit for a day, maybe two, or perhaps a week. For assistant park manager Rick Blank, the rocky coastline, swirling salty …

Reader photo: Palouse cliff dwellers

On the edge: Yellow-bellied marmots take a stand on a cliff above the Palouse River and falls at Palouse Falls State Park. On the web: Submit your outdoors-related photos for …

Spin Control: Washington Senate to John Wayne Trail: No park bond money for you

John Wayne Pioneer Trail would be shut out of money from $500 million park restoration bond issue.

UPDATED: Wed., April 5, 2017

Reader photo: Heavenly colors

Light by night: Rainbows are common, but have you ever seen a “moonbow?” Spokane pastor and photographer Craig Goodwin took advantage of a cold, clear night and his aversion to …

Priest Lake State Park cabins well located bargain for winter sports enthusiasts

On a whim last month, Dan DeRuyter loaded his fat-tired snow bike and drove from Spokane to Priest Lake, where he found a little piece of heaven off the East …

Visit Washington state parks for free Sunday, Monday

No Discover Pass is needed Sunday and Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Washington state parks.

Ice climbers test nerves of Palouse Falls State Parks staff

Spokane photographer Rika Ream traveled to Palouse Falls State Park near Washtucna during last weekend’s bitter cold weather to marvel at the ice around the 185-foot Palouse River waterfall. The …

Curbing illegal ATV entry constant job at Mount Spokane State Park

With nagging persistence, off-road vehicle riders continue to assault a small but prized natural area of Mount Spokane State Park.

Field Reports: Idaho fire salvage to close some forest roads

PUBLIC LANDS – About 52 miles of roads in the 2015 Tower Fire area west of Priest River drainage remain closed for safety as salvage logging is scheduled to begin …

Mount Spokane Park Road closing for summer construction

The summer closure of the Mount Spokane State Park Road, which is set to start around July 11, is required for safety during road repairs and resurfacing, says Steve Christensen, …

State parks exceed goal in securing business sponsors

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation has received $40,000 in corporate sponsorship since getting legislative approval nearly a year ago to reach out to businesses to help offset the …

Wednesdays in the Woods programs highlight outdoor topics

An interactive activity on basic camping skills will kick off this summer’s free Wednesdays in the Woods programs at Riverside State Park. In weeks to follow, a wide range of …

Out & About: Mount Spokane road closure… Free fishing days….

Road construction is scheduled to block public vehicle access into Mount Spokane State Park, although trails will still be open to nonmotorized use.

The John Wayne Pioneer Trail on track for a state park strategic plan

The John Wayne Pioneer Trail – the eastern portion of a cross-state abandoned Milwaukee railway purchased by the state in 1981 – is on track for a state park strategic …

In brief: Fee-free entry days offered at state, national parks

State and federal land managers are waiving some visitor fees on holidays this year, including the upcoming Martin Luther King holiday.

National Forest, Mount Spokane Park routes clogged with trees

Blowdown trees from the Nov. 17 windstorm are affecting roads and trails throughout the region’s forests as well as Mount Spokane State Park.

John Wayne Trail irreplaceable asset for Eastern Washington, advocates say

Recreationists, landowners work toward compromise on maintaining the John Wayne Trail on an abandoned railway across Eastern Washington.

Out & About: Some trails reopen at Little Spokane River

OUTBLAZED – Hikers and paddlers are regaining most, but not all, access to the Little Spokane River Natural Area after trails and a trailhead were closed by a 176-acre wildfire …

Time is ripe for hounding huckleberries

The same weather that brought a thin snowpack, early runoff and an explosive wildfire season has delivered something that is infinitely more positive: an early and flavorful huckleberry crop. Berries …