Rock Creek Recreation Site
Border Field Office 1103 N. Fancher Road Spokane, WA 99212
From Sprague, Washington: Travel south on Highway 23 for 12.2 miles and turn right onto Davis Road. At 4 miles, stay to the right at the “y”. Continue south for 3 more miles and turn left onto Jordan Knott Road. Travel 2.1 miles and turn right onto the BLM access road, marked with a BLM Rock Creek Management Area sign. Travel 2 miles to the recreation site at road’s end.
Rock Creek Recreation Site
Within BLM’s Rock Creek Management Area, Rock Creek flows through Channeled Scablands, formed approximately 12,000 years ago by massive Glacial Lake Missoula floods. Striking landscapes and geologic features including buttes, mesas, and columnar basalt outcrops enhance the beauty of perennial Rock Creek.
The area’s developed Rock Creek Recreation Site is located within view of Rock Creek. It is the area’s primary parking and excursion starting point, via its multiple trailheads, as well as for overland hiking and horseback riding trips.
Especially popular activities are hiking, horseback riding, trout fishing, hunting, mountain biking, picnicking, camping, wildlife and wildflower viewing, photography, and natural and cultural history appreciation.
Although mostly unmaintained, more than 20 miles of non-motorized trails are available. Motorized use is allowed on the recreation site access road, Breeden Road, and Towell Falls Road when/if seasonally open.
Know Before You Go:
- The east side of the recreation site is for vehicle parking, picnicking, and camping. It has 3 developed campsites each with a fire ring and a picnic table. You’ll also find 2 additional picnic tables within a picnic shelter and a vault toilet.
- The west side of the recreation site is separated from the east side by a wood fence. It is an equestrian/RV loop parking and camping area with six RV parking slots. It has two small corrals (one with a perennial spring-fed stock water trough), high line poles (rope not provided), and a manure bin with wheelbarrow. Additional equestrian amenities (more corrals + 2 campsites with picnic table and fire ring) will be added in spring 2021.
- The Towell Falls Road is seasonally open for vehicle travel. Its seasonal opening to vehicles is dependent on road, ground, and vegetation conditions, and fire danger. When open to vehicles, it is a short window of opportunity, typically mid-June to early July. When and if vehicle travel is allowed, high clearance 4-wheel drive is highly recommended. From its trailhead at Rock Creek Recreation Site, scenic Towell Falls (on Rock Creek) is a 3-miles-each-way hike or bike along marked 2-track road/trail.
- When recreating on public lands, please practice Leave-No-Trace Principles.
- Beware of rattlesnakes, especially from May through October.
Point of Interest:
From the recreation site, visitors can mosey across the bridge over Rock Creek and explore the historic Escure Ranch, operated for sheep and cattle from the 1930s to the 1980s.