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McLellan Conservation Area


McLellan Conservation Area Trail Map (PDF)

Other Link Conservation Futures Homepage
This 410-acre property of Ponderosa pine forest juts out into Long Lake, which surrounds McLellan Conservation Area on three sides and is contiguous with over 640 acres of Department of Natural Resources (DNR) land. One of the first properties acquired by the Conservation Futures fund, McLellan was purchased in 1995 for $1.1 million, helping to preserve public access to 1.5 miles of shoreline.

The property is accessed via old logging roads, which provide a horseshoe-like trail system for passive recreation users. The trails traverse second growth Ponderosa Pine forest, a large, “dog hair” stand of younger trees that were established after Firestorm '91, and Douglas fir along Long Lake. Access to Long Lake is provided to the west, where the trail descends gradually to low bank shoreline and to the east, where the trail maintains grade and terminates at high bank shoreline.

McLellan Conservation Area has been identified by Spokane County, Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), and Avista as one of the most important wildlife habitat sites on Long Lake. Deer, black bear, moose, osprey, and a diversity of bird species use the property and its riparian habitat. The property’s connection with DNR land to the south helps to preserve a wildlife corridor from the Columbia Plateau to the Spokane River.

See McLellan Forest Management for more information regarding forest management projects.

Permitted Uses

  • Wildlife habitat
  • Wildlife observation
  • Nature trails
  • Hiking
  • Picnic areas
  • Bird-watching
  • Equestrian trails
  • Cross-country skiing


  • 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.

Location From I-90

  • Take the Maple Street exit No. 280
  • Drive north to on Walnut Street approximately 1.5 miles
  • Turn left (northwest) on Northwest Boulevard, driving for 2 miles
  • Continue north on Assembly Road for another 1 mile
  • Turn left on Nine Mile Road/WA SR291, drive for 5 miles
  • Turn left on Charles, across Nine Mile Dam Bridge, drive for 5 miles
  • Turn right on South Bank, driving for 6 miles
  • Turn right on McLellan Lane, drive for 0.7 miles
  • The Conservation Area is at the end of McLellan Lane


Special attractions at the McLellan Conservation Area include:
  • Easy hiking trails on flat ground
  • Scenic views towards of Long Lake and the Spokane River
  • Bird-watching, including habitat for nesting osprey