Medical Lake, located about 16 miles southwest of Spokane, received its unusual name from Native Americans who believed the lake had a medicinal healing ability. Today, Eastern State Hospital is located between Medical Lake and West Medical Lake.
On the south side of the lake, Medical Lake Park features a sand beach, picnic areas, a large playground, ball fields, a volleyball court, Lake Trail System access, and horseshoe pits. Other parks include Pioneer Park, one of the city’s original parks. Pioneer Park is located downtown and offers a playground, picnic areas, and a skate park. Coney Island Park is also downtown, along Medical Lake’s east shore. This park is ideal for wildlife viewing. The Medical Lake Trail System offers four miles of paved trails for walking, jogging, and biking.
Fairchild Air Force Base is located just north of Medical Lake. For those looking for apartments to rent in Medical Lake, you’ll also be near Spokane International Airport and within a short drive from several area lakes, Tumbull National Wildlife Refuge, and beautiful downtown Spokane’s shops, restaurants, museums, theaters, and nightlife.