Rules & Regulations

In 2015, the Spokane County Board of County Commissioners adopted an overhaul of County Park Regulations. These rules and regulations have been established by the County Commissioners to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience while visiting Spokane County's parks and park facilities.


Dogs must be kept on leash in all County Parks (including hiking areas) unless otherwise designated, such as the Patricia Simonet Laughing Dog Park at Gateway Regional Park.


Fishing within parks is subject to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Rules and Regulations.


It is not legal within all County Parks to start, build and maintain fires with the exception of areas that specifically allow fires within fire rings, such as the Liberty Lake Regional Park Campground. A burn restriction/ban could prohibit all fires if wildfire risk is high.

Shooting & Hunting

Shooting and hunting are not permitted within County Parks.


Camping is allowed only where specifically designated and/or marked for such purpose (Liberty Lake Regional Park).


The Department maintains a list of parks and park areas where the possession of consumption of alcoholic beverages is allowed and where it is prohibited.

Metal Detecting 

Click here for a list of parks where metal detecting is permitted. 

NO metal detecting:

  • On County golf courses
  • Within Conservation Areas


  • A permit is required for metal detecting within Spokane County Parks per Ordinance 6.14.040. You can obtain one by visiting the office, located at 404 N Havana, or by calling the office at (509)477-4730.
  • Only “probes” such as a screwdriver no longer than 3/8” in diameter are permitted.
  • Metal shall be removed with a minimum of sod disturbances; sod may not be lifted in any manner.
  • No shovels, trowels, plug cutters or knives.
  • Remove all detected metal so others will not pick up scrap signals.
  • Completely clean up areas of metal and trash and deposit in appropriate place.

*Failure to comply with regulations is a misdemeanor subject to fine and loss of permit. 

For more information, contact Spokane County Parks at (509) 477-4730.