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Bear Lake

Eastern Washington > Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene
47.9255, -117.3522 Map & Directions
1.23 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point
1,880 feet
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage

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Hiking Bear Lake

Bear Lake Regional Park has a short hiking trail and is a popular spot for families. This Spokane County Park is 166 acres in total and has a 29.5 acre lake. The main trail is paved and encircles the lake. It includes multiple places to access the shoreline, with two large swimming beaches and a dock. It also has numerous picnic tables and a large covered picnic area on each side of the lake. The west side covered picnic shelter may be reserved for private use through Spokane County Parks, and the east side picnic shelter is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

In the summer months Bear Lake Regional Park is a popular place to swim, paddle board, and kayak. It is also open to fishing, but is subject to juvenile fishing rules (check with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife). The trail around the lake is 1.23 miles, with shorter spur trails available nearby to add a little extra distance. The park is open year-round, and is a quiet place to birdwatch in the off-season.

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Wheelchair Accessibility

While not a designated ADA path, the trail around the lake is paved and most of it has a smooth surface. Parts of the path have experienced recent erosion and damage due to the freeze/thaw cycle, so those accessing the trail via wheelchair should use caution.

Hike Description Written by
Holly Weiler, WTA Correspondent

Bear Lake

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Co-ordinates: 47.9255, -117.3522 Open in Google Maps

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Getting There

Bear Lake is located at 29601 North Newport Highway, approximately 15 miles north of Spokane. It is located on the west side of Highway 2 just north of Chatteroy.


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Eastern Washington > Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

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