Many visitors to Riverside State Park wonder why its best attraction is called the Bowl and Pitcher. The following should provide an answer to this question. Large blocks of basaltic rock lie in and above the Spokane River. It has been said that some of these rocks have the likeness of mounds of sugar poured throughout the river. Located to the west of the swinging bridge below, is a small, low-lying cave. Rushing waters of the Spokane River go through and around the cave. The cave looks like a bowl placed on the side of it brim surrounded by other rocks. This is believed to be the "bowl" of Riverside State Park.
On the west side of the river, south of the bowl is a mass of basaltic rock that is shaped like a pitcher. This mass of rock is known as the pitcher of the park. Now that the bowl and pitcher have their names, what name can be given to the rushing waters of the Spokane River?