Bear Lake Regional Park

Phase 1 Master Plan (Shoreline Focus) + Shoreline Repair / Restoration Design Project

Since it was purchased in 1974, Bear Lake Regional Park has been a well-used and well-loved outdoor recreation asset serving Spokane County residents.  

Recently, it has become apparent that the rock-filled wire gabion baskets and some of the stairways at the shoreline have reached their "end of life," needing to be replaced in the near future. As such, County Parks has installed temporary fencing along the west shore to ensure continued safe use of this area until improvements to restore public access can be designed, funded, permitted, and built.   

This project will focus on designing long-term improvements to replace the gabion baskets and enhance universal lake access for visitors. The primary goal of Phase 1 is to get the Shoreline Repair / Restoration design project to a 60% design level that would allow County Parks staff to apply for grant funding in 2022 to help fund the permitting and construction of these shoreline enhancements.

County Parks has retained AHBL Landscape Architecture and Civil Engineering to create the designs, and T-O Engineers to prepare the environmental assessments and shoreline permit applications.  Once the project begins, there will be several opportunities throughout the design process to help determine how the new shoreline design will function and what it will look like.  Please continue to check this webpage for updates.  

Preliminary Project Timeline: 

July – August 2021: County Parks staff began putting the necessary pieces in place to begin the design project. The east and west shorelines were surveyed to create a base map for the design team.  Late August - September 2021: County Parks Staff held an in-person "pop-up event" at the park on Sept. 3 and will post an on-line survey.  We want to learn what’s important to you at Bear Lake and hear your thoughts on how to improve the park and shoreline.  Fall 2021: The design team will begin work.  Once proposed design concepts have been developed, they will be available on this website for public review and comment.  December - January  2022: Final Comment Period.  March 2022: Project Completion.  May 2022: County Parks staff will submit grant applications with the goal of obtaining funding to complete the construction documents and build the shoreline restoration designs.   June 2023: Grant award recipients notified.


$70,000.00 / Real Estate Excise Tax (REET)

Upcoming Events / Public Participation Opportunities:


Please take a few minutes before midnight Thursday, September 23 to share your thoughts and click here to fill out the ON-LINE SURVEY! 

It was great meeting everyone who stopped by for the "pop-up" event on September 3!  The many comments and insights that were shared are sincerely appreciated and will help our design team create solutions tailored to the park and people who enjoy it.  We understand that not everyone who wants to provide input was able to be at the park that day, and there's still plenty of time to comment!  

Shoreline Design Concepts

After our design team has had an opportunity to develop design ideas for the shoreline focus areas, they will be posted here for comment.  Stay tuned!


Shoreline Repair / Restoration Project Focus Areas


For more information please contact Julie Neff, Parks Planner / Landscape Architect,