Waikiki Springs Nature Preserve

In the fall of 2020, thanks to the taxpayers of Washington, dedicated elected officials, and active community support, the Conservancy purchased this preserve along the Little Spokane River to protect it for wildlife, native fish habitat, and the enjoyment of the public for generations to come.

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Waikiki Springs Nature Preserve closed

Bridge re-decking update: November 17, 2022

Garco Construction’s work to re-deck the bridge leading to Waikiki Springs Nature Preserve is on schedule and progressing well. So far, the workers have built a new retaining wall and removed the old wooden bridge decking material. The Garco crew is now preparing steel girders for precast concrete panels that will be arriving in the next week or so for installation. The project managers greatly appreciate everyone’s patience during this project. The work crew has reported daily wildlife sightings, including a bull moose who stopped by to inspect the project. The final phases of the construction project will be reinstalling the side railings and installing new bollards to limit bridge access to authorized vehicles only. If work continues to stay on schedule, users can anticipate a mid-December reopening of the bridge and Nature Preserve.

Why is Waikiki Springs Nature Preserve closed?

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A (Closed) Bridge Over Trampled Waters

Active Stewardship

We take our responsibility of ownership and management at Waikiki Springs very seriously.  After consulting with experts in forest management, wildlife habitat, water resource management, and cultural history, we have created an extensive, multi-year management plan for the area that will help restore areas that have been damaged by overuse. This involves removing unhealthy trees and undergrowth, closing off damaging social trails, building sustainable trails that resist erosion, rehabilitating the riverbanks, and planting healthy native trees and shrubs. This page will soon contain more information about the long-term management plan for this beautiful natural space, but for now, rest assured that we are working on behalf of the whole community, particularly plants and animals, to make this area the best it can be.

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Salmon Swim Again

Thanks to a growing partnership among Spokane Tribe of Indians, Inland Northwest Land Conservancy, and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Tribal Fisheries was able to release 51 adult Chinook salmon into the Little Spokane River in the Waikiki Springs Wildlife Area. Learn more here.

Late October-November 2022

Bridge Closure at Waikiki Springs

The bridge over the Little Spokane River and into Waikiki Springs Nature Preserve will be closed for re-widening at the end of October. Learn more about this project and how it will benefit the plants, animals, and people who love the area, here.

A (Closed) Bridge Over Trampled Waters

A River Runs Through It: And People Too

Waikiki (or “spouting water”) Springs rests on the banks of the Little Spokane River.  The 95-acre Nature Preserve is adjacent to Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife property of the same name. It is named for the myriad springs that flow from the hillside, into the river, keeping it a moderate temperature year-round. The vegetation along the riverbanks shade the water from the elements and create ideal habitat for local fish. In the intricate food web, these fish draw many other plants and animals. A bald eagle’s nest is visible from the Preserve and it is frequented by deer, coyotes, beavers, moose and many more.

Under Inland Northwest Land Conservancy’s ownership and management, this property will be open for the enjoyment of the community and accessible through the WDFW parking lot detailed below. Discover passes are required for this trailhead.

Read more about WSNP here.

Map of Waikiki Springs

Partners Who Helped to Make This Possible

Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife

WDFW manages adjacent recreation property and the trailhead.

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Spokane Tribe of Indians

This land was once a gathering place for the Tribe and remains critical to native plants and animals.

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Fairwood Farmers Market

The local community rallied around the protection of this beautiful urban oasis.

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