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OLYMPIA – Aug. 21, 2019 – Overnight accommodations will soon get more deluxe at Riverside State Park with the addition of two cabins to the park’s camping options. The cabins will be available just in time for the Labor Day weekend.

The newly completed cabins — named “Tamarack” and “Spruce” — are located above the lower campground at Bowl and Pitcher. The cabins have beautiful views of the Spokane River with easy access to the park’s iconic swinging bridge and surrounding trails.

“We’re excited to offer the cabins as an additional way for people to enjoy staying in the park,” said Diana Dupuis, manager of State Parks Inland Northwest Area.

Images of Tamarack and Spruce cabins and an interior photograph -- Riverside State Park

Both cabins are ADA compliant and have restrooms with a shower and toilet and a kitchen with a sink and microwave oven. Each cabin sleeps five, with a futon that unfolds to accommodate two people and a bunk bed set that sleeps two people on the lower bed and one on the upper bed. Guests must bring their own linens, including towels.

Cabins are pet friendly, with a maximum of two pets and a $15 per night fee per animal. For outdoor enjoyment and cooking, each cabin area has a firepit with a grate and a picnic table. Cabins are heated but do not have air conditioning. Smoking is not allowed in the cabins.

Cabins are open year round. Each cabin rents for $125 plus tax per night during peak season (May 15 through Sept. 15) and $99 plus tax for the off-season. Cabins rent for a two-night minimum. Cabins will be available for rent starting Friday, Aug. 30, for Labor Day weekend. Reservations can be made beginning Thursday, Aug. 28, through the State Parks online reservation system at https://washington.goingtocamp.com/, or by calling toll free 800-CAMPOUT (800-226-7688).

Each cabin is 20-by-20 feet, with walls and roofs built of prefabricated structurally insulated panels (SIPs). This type of construction provides both structural strength and energy efficiency — no framing, added insulation or sheathing needed. The panels were prefabricated in a shop to specifications unique to the cabins and then delivered to the job site. SIP construction is less wasteful to assemble and faster to install than traditional stick-frame wood construction. The cabins were fabricated by Wesslen Construction of Spokane Valley and Premier SIPs of Puyallup.

The cost to build both cabins was $239,000 with funding from the State Parks’ Capital budget.

About Riverside State Park

Riverside State Park is a 12,000-acre camping park located on the Spokane and Little Spokane rivers near Nine Mile Falls and the city of Spokane. The park provides a variety of recreational activities, including miles of hiking, biking, off-road and equestrian trails, water sports, interpretive activities and more. For more information, visit: http://parks.state.wa.us/573/Riverside

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