Feryn Ranch Conservation Area
The Feryn Ranch Conservation Area consists of an 81-acre farming homestead with an additional 83.6 acres of restored prairie and wetland habitat. The 164 acres of Feryn are an isolated fragment of remnant habitat and a prime example of the Peone Prairie prior to settlement. Please respect the privacy of the private residence at the end of the access road by parking in the maintenance turn around, located south of Day-Mt. Spokane Road. Visiting hours are dawn to dusk.
The wetland habitat is used by 108 species of birds as a migratory corridor with 65 of those breeding within this critical wetland system. The site provides an excellent opportunity to view a diverse number of bird species and is featured in the Audubon Society's Palouse-to-Pines Loop.
Spokane County Parks worked in conjunction with the local Ducks Unlimited chapter to protect the Feryn Ranch and neighboring properties with a rehabilitation grant from the North American Conservation Act (NAWCA) to conserve an upland buffer, create habitats, and provide a barrier from nearby farmlands.
The 83.6 acres neighboring the Feryn Ranch Homestead were acquired by Ducks Unlimited through NAWCA and donated to Spokane County Parks, Recreation and Golf Department in 2004 and 2005.
Despite its relatively small size and isolation, Feryn Ranch Conservation Area is a crucial yet fragile habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife species that has been managed by Spokane County Parks to ensure successful restoration and retainment of wildlife species. Minimal development of recreational infrastructure and limited approved recreation activities are ways in which Spokane County Parks is working to ensure adequate preservation of Feryn Ranch and its unique ecological attributes.
- Dogs can be disruptive to wildlife and must be kept on a leash at all times while in the conservation area.
- No equestrian use.
- Motorized vehicles are not permitted in the conservation area.
- Hunting and/or shooting are not permitted at any time in the conservation area.
- No campfires are permitted in the conservation area.
- Take Division Street, exit #281
- Drive north on Division Street for 5.3 miles
- Turn slight right to Newport Highway, drive 4.4 miles
- Turn right on Mt. Spokane Park Road, drive 3.4 miles
- Turn right at unnamed gravel road and drive .7 miles
- Park at gravel lot.
Note: Parking is limited; please take precautions
Click here for a locator and site map of the Feryn Ranch Conservation Area (706 KB pdf) Full size print-out is 11 x 17, but can be scaled to 8.5 x 11.
Special attractions at the Feryn Ranch Conservation Area include:
- Extensive wetlands habitat, great for bird-watching
- Lies in the foothills to Mount Spokane State Park
- Old farming homestead preserved
- Adjoins Feryn II and III Natural Areas to preserve wetlands