If you’re looking for adventures beyond your own backyard, Spanaway Lake is open year round and offers a good harvest opportunity for stocked rainbow trout. Spanaway Lake has some of the best fishing for rock bass in the area. The 135-acre park along beautiful Spanaway Lake is extremely popular with many year-round activities. Visitors to the park can explore a multitude of aquatic recreation opportunities, including two swimming beaches (no lifeguards), a boat launch, and a fishing pier. If you’d rather stay dry, there’s a new picnic area by the south swimming beach, ADA playground equipment with a seating plaza for parents and a new three mile trail system by Little Spanaway Lake.
Less than 3 miles from the Canyon Crossing Center - Safeway and Fuel Station, Starbucks, Massage Envy, Papa Murphy’s, Legendary Doughnuts, Subway, Taco Time, Sushi & Wok, Farrelli’s Pizza and a MultiCare Clinic.
Get takeout from Ricky J’s Restaurant & Bar, a family-friendly bar & grill with billiards & darts offering American eats plus karaoke most nights. If you have a craving for wood-fired pizzas with gourmet toppings, Farrelli’s is just 3 miles away. And if you need something sweet, check out Twisted Sweets by Janice for cake bites, beignets, twisted donuts, and creme brulee.
Spend a couple of hours at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. The tram is currently closed for tours, but they’re offering a Wild Drive, where you get to go through the park in the comfort of your own vehicle. Here you can experience seeing moose eating grass out of the lake, newborn bison calf, herds of Roosevelt elk and mountain goats roaming the free area. Reservations do need to be made for this tour as space if limited. Or enjoy the Wild Walk Experience - Laugh as Hawthorne and Huckleberry, two young orphaned grizzly bears splash and play in their pool, listen as the high pitched whistle of the eagles draws you closer and if you’re quiet and still, you may get a glimpse of the gray wolf masterfully sneaking through the brush. There are over 40 species of native Northwest animals who call this park their home.
For more local out outdoor activities, enjoy the trails at Frontier Park. This majestic complex is 71 acres filled with large wooded and turf areas perfect for kite flying. This park also offers a playground, picnic shelters and restrooms with showers.
Commuters can look forward to being minutes from Hwy 512 and JBLM.