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McKenzie Conservation Area


The property has 462 acres of diverse habitats along 3000' of Newman Lake shoreline.  Turtle Rock, thought to have been used by early Native Americans, is located on the northwest shore of the lake within the area.  Rocky outcrops and high ridges allow for scenic views of Mount Spokane and the surrounding area.

This conservation area contains upland evergreen forests full of western red cedar, fir, and pine trees as well as wetlands with cottonwood and aspen groves.  There are also 2 streams and springs that feed the wetlands from the north and west. 

The property protects the habitat of bald eagles, as some nests have been found both in and around the area.  In addition, many other species of birds can be seen.  Wildlife, such as moose, elk, White-tailed deer, coyote and black bear, have also been spotted on the land.   The wetlands are home to painted turtles and frogs as well. 

NEW! McKenzie Conservation Area has had a Geologic Walking Tour designed by Spokane Community College's Geology Program that will guide you through the unique geology of the area. 

Trail Map  

Click here for a locator and site map of the McKenzie Conservation Area (897 KB pdf) Full size print-out is 11 x 17, but can be scaled to 8.5 x 11.

Permitted Uses

  • Wildlife habitat
  • Wildlife observation
  • Nature trails
  • Hiking
  • Picnic areas
  • Bird-watching
  • Equestrian trails
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Fishing as permitted, subject to state regulations


  • Dogs can be disruptive to wildlife and must be kept on a leash at all times while in the conservation area.
  • Motorized vehicles are not permitted in the conservation area.
  • Hunting and/or shooting are not permitted in the conservation area.
  • No campfires are permitted in the conservation area. 


From I-90:

  • Take the Argonne Rd, Pines Rd or Sullivan Rd exit north
  • Drive north to Trent Avenue
  • Turn right (east) on Trent Avenue 
  • Stay in the right lane, continuing on Trent Avenue and going under the bridge toward Rathdrum, Idaho for approximately 4 miles
  • Turn left (north) on Starr Road, drive for 3 miles
  • Turn right at the 'Y' on Hauser Lake Road for less than 0.5 miles
  • Turn left (north) on Muzzy Road, drive 4.5 miles (Muzzy Rd turns into West Newman Lake Rd)
  • McKenzie Conservation Area is on the left side


Special attractions at the McKenzie Conservation Area include:

  • Medium hiking trails from West Newman Lake Road to Newman Lake
  • Scenic views towards Mount Spokane and overlooking Newman Lake
  • Abundant wildlife watching opportunities, from birds to mammals to reptiles 


Wildlife sighted on near the property include:

  • moose
  • elk
  • White-tailed deer
  • cougar
  • coyote
  • black bear
  • painted turtles
  • frogs
  • Bald eagles

Please take precautions when hiking in the area.