Preserved for Public Access: INLC Takes Ownership of Waikiki Springs Nature Preserve

October 28, 2020

Water bubbling from a wooded hillside is arguably one of the most soothing nature experiences imaginable! The fresh, clear sound, the promise of life and refreshment, the smell of water, washing the earth clean–it’s intoxicating. Residents of the Fairwood community have known about the magic of Waikiki Springs for years as they’ve hiked, biked and fished along the banks of the Little Spokane River. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has owned a 104-acre parcel of this space for years and now, thanks to the taxpayers of Washington State, INLC owns 95 acres directly adjacent to it. This property will be protected for habitat and recreation, for the benefit of the public.

The natural springs make this area particularly unique, keeping the river temperature moderate year-round. With consistently cool waters in the summer and relatively warm water in the winter, the river is an ideal habitat for fish, and all the other species that join them in the food web.

In addition to working with WDFW, elected state officials (led by Marcus Riccelli), and the Fairwood neighbors, the Conservancy has partnered with the Spokane Tribe of Indians. This area along the Little Spokane River and near the confluence with the Spokane River was traditional gathering grounds of tribes from throughout the region.

The newly acquired Nature Preserve has been used by the public for many years and the Conservancy’s purchase and management of the property ensures that use can continue. We are working to install signs indicating property lines and appropriate use of the area, create trail maps and educate the community on the best ways to enjoy this beautiful urban oasis.

When you visit:

  • Plan for the weather
  • Bring a Discover Pass for parking
  • Clean up after your pets
  • Help us build the foundation for more land protection in the future by respecting (and avoiding) private property