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McKenzie Conservation Area


McKenzie Conservation Area Trail Map (PDF)

McKenzie Walking Tour (PDF)

Other Link McKenzie Trailhead Webcam

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, mixed conifer forests full of Western red cedar, Western larch, Western white pine, Douglas fir, Western hemlock, Grand fir, Lodgepole pine, and Ponderosa pine as well as wetlands ringed by cottonwood and aspen groves. There are also two 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.

Directions | Webcam

McKenzie Trailhead (Click here) | Click here to view webcam! 

Wildflower Guide

Spokane Community College under the guidance of Andy Buddington has put together an online wildflower guide for McKenzie Conservation Area. Check it out by click here!

Walking Tour

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

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.

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