SPOKANE RIVER

Spokane, Stevens, Lincoln, WA. Counties,  & Idaho's Kootenai County

The Spokane River flows 111 miles from Lake Coeur d’Alene in Idaho, to the Columbia River/Lake Roosevelt. The entire river basin is about 2,400 square miles in size. The lower 29 mile portion of the Spokane River is known as the "Spokane Arm" of Lake Roosevelt. The Spokane River has three major tributaries. From east to west they are Hangman Creek (also known as Latah Creek in the Spokane area); the Little Spokane River; and Chamokane (the Spokane Tribe call it Tshimikain) which is located in the lower part of the basin. The Spokane River runs through three Washington counties (Spokane, Stevens, and Lincoln) and one Idaho county - Kootenai. The river has 67 areas which are accessible for anything from kayaks to powerboats. On the wild portions of the river there is only one paved boat launch; it is located on the Idaho side of the river at Corbin Park. There are plans to re-open, improve, and create more launches to at least allow drift boats to be launched on the more wild portions of the river. Boats with motors are only allowed on certain sections of the river. See the red-highlighted paragraph below to see where motorized crafts are allowed.

At one time the Spokane River was known as the river where True June Hogs spawned. Chinook salmon weighed as much as 80+ pounds. Due to the Seven Dams built on the river (particularly the 3 lower dams), the river salmon runs were negatively affected; only one was built with a fish ladder and when the Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River was built, the natural salmon and steelhead runs ended. Salmon and steelhead never migrated past the Spokane Falls because the fish couldn't get past the large water falls. In 1990-91 a hatchery was built to help restore the loss of salmon and steelhead, as mitigation to the Spokane Indian Tribes (public tours are available). For the Spokane Indian Tribes the river has been and is part of their history. For everyone that lives in the Spokane Basin today the river supplies electricity and recreational opportunities, and aesthetic beauty. The river flows over the Spokane Falls, around and through the Gorge created by the river, and through the calmer Lake Spokane and Post Falls Reservoir into Lake Coeur d'Alene.

 

This is the only website that covers the entire length of the Spokane River - from Lake Coeur d'Alene all the way to Lake Roosevelt/Columbia River. A considerable amount of time has been spent compiling info which was either scattered in various locations or no where to be found. Currently there are 67 access sites along the Spokane River.

 

Some of the river info supplied on this website has never been available to the public before. We hope you will find this website informative, helpful, and fun. Enjoy!

 

Like all websites supplying useful information to the public there are those that would use this information foolishly without regard to safety. So with this sad fact we supply the following disclaimer (as we have at the beginning of the Lakes & Rivers Guide home page): DISCLAIMER - The boating size scale and all information on this the Boating the Inland Northwest website is to be used at your own risk! All information contained here is a guide with no guarantees on accuracy. ABSOLUTELY NO information and/or pictures are to be copied or used for commercial or private use without express written permission from a Boating the Inland Northwest official representative. Downloadable maps (coming soon) may be used for private use but not for commercial use without express written permission from a Boating the Inland Northwest official representative. All of our down-load-able maps associated with Boating the Inland Northwest and its website are to be used at your own risk! All information contained in these maps are part of a guide which holds no guarantee on accuracy.

 

Click here for Spokane River information and water levels - http://www.spokaneriver.org/

Click here for Spokane River Map (by Avista) - Lake Coeur d'Alene to Little Spokane R. - www.avistautilities.com/environment/ourpart/recreation

Avista Spokane River dam & Avista recreational info - www.avistautilities.com/environment/ourpart/recreation

 

ATTENTION - MOTORIZED CRAFTS ARE ONLY ALLOWED ON THE THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS OF THE SPOKANE RIVER:

 

1. FROM LAKE COEUR D'ALENE TO IDAHO WASHINGTON STATE LINE (POST FALLS RESERVOIR)

2. BETWEEN PLANTE'S FERRY PARK & PARK ROAD (Park Road is about a mile up river from Upriver Dam and slightly up river from Boulder Beach)

3. FROM PLESE FLATS DAY USE AREA IN RIVERSIDE STATE PARK TO LAKE SPOKANE/LONG LAKE DAM.

4. FROM LITTLE FALLS DAM ALL THE WAY INTO THE COLUMBIA RIVER/LAKE ROOSEVELT.

ATTENTION - Within these motorized areas marine regulatory markers, rules of the river and dam regulations, etc. must be followed at all times.

 

All Persons regardless of Age SHALL wear a Personal Floatation Device (PFD) while on moving water! Moving water includes: The Little Spokane River, Spokane River from the Washington/Idaho State Line to the Centennial Trail Bridge at Plants Ferry Park, and the City of West Spokane west to the Nine Miles Public Launch. Per Spokane County Ordinance 6.03.020. If you do not know where these sections of the river are (SEE BELOW) then just wear a PFD while on any part of the river, which is a good safe practice regardless.

TABLE OF CONTENTS - Spokane River Sections
POST FALLS RESERVOIR UPRIVER LAKE SPOKANE
UPPER RIVER RIVER GORGE LITTLE FALLS RESERVOIR
LOWER SPOKANE RIVER - Lake Roosevelt & Spokane Indian Reservations

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POST FALLS RESERVOIR - From Lake Coeur d'Alene to Post Falls Dam

Post Falls Reservoir (Spokane River) - Deep Draft Boats/Keelboats

 

208-769-1357 for Post Falls Dam info or view @ http://www.avistautilities.com/resources/hydro/weather.asp

The Post Falls Dam controls the depth of Lake Coeur d’Alene (8 ft. depth difference from low to high water) via an 11 miles stretch of Spokane River. The Posts Falls Dam was the erected on the Spokane river in 1906 to supply electricity and irrigation to the North Idaho area. This Dam is within the Post Falls Park. There are extensive trails, a pond, and boat launch behind the dam, and an overlook next to the dam. 

Post Falls Dam & Reservoir

Boat traffic on this reservoir is not a problem during spring or fall, but during summer the traffic on this reservoir is best described as nuts! If you boat this reservoir in the summer follow all boating rules and practice very defensive boating.

 

The reservoir is narrow and shallow in places but the main channel is deep enough for deep draft boats and keelboats. Boating on this reservoir from one end to the other and on into Lake Coeur d'Alene is an adventure. Kayakers, please see kayak route info below.

 

Bridges and Power Lines: Two bridges cross the reservoir. HWY 95 Bridge crosses the reservoir/river on the east end and through Blackwell Island and on the west end. Spokane Avenue Bridge crosses the reservoir next to Q'emiln Park. At the Spokane Ave.

 

On the bridge there is an electric sign (hanging over the river in boaters view - not in view from the street) indicating if the gates on the dam are open or not; open gates indicate greater current. Height clearance via the main channel when passing under the bridge is 20'-40' depending upon water level via the main channel.

 

Power lines cross the Reservoir in at least 3 places (watch for more because as the area develops more lines may be put in) which can be an issue for sailboats. There are a bunch of power lines that cross near the Spokane Bridge. There is another set of lines east of the Green Ferry Launch (and widest part of the reservoir), and another one after that.  UP

MAPS - CLICK HERE FOR POST FALLS RESERVOIR MAPS:

MAP 1 - Lake Coeur d'Alene to Huetter Rd. MAP 2 - Huetter Rd. to Post Falls Dam, MAP 3 - Post Falls Dam to State Line

OR click on www.mapquest.com and type in Post Falls, Idaho and you will see the city of Post Falls; the river side of the city is the Post Falls Reservoir. The Reservoir runs east from Post Falls to Lake Coeur d’Alene.

CLICK HERE TO PRINT THIS MAP

 

PARKS & BOAT LAUNCHES: There are five nice parks on the reservoir. Below is a list of the reservoir/river access sites starting from the east end of the reservoir/river going west.

1. North Idaho College (NIC) public beach

 

This park has several restroom facilities, running water, and picnic tables. There is no boat launch but it is a popular spot for kayakers or small boat sailors to portage from the road to waters edge to access either the reservoir/river or Lake Coeur d'Alene. Directions: From I90 take exit 11. Turn southeast toward the City of Coeur d'Alene city center. On Northwest Boulevard follow the signs to North Idaho College, take the road that goes around the college along the lake & river to where the boats are on the beach and dock. Maps: To view a map CLICK HERE TO VIEW PDF MAP or go to www.mapquest.com and type in North Idaho College, ID.

 

2. Blackwell Island Park & Boat Launch

See 2.5 info below for Blackwell Island Channel info! 

 

This is the largest and main boat launch site for the Post Falls Reservoir. This park has a large double ramp boat launch and extensive dock system, restrooms, running water, picnic areas, nature boardwalks, and swim area within the non-motorized channel. For information related to the Blackwell Island Park and boat launch, click here: http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/fo/coeur_d_alene/recreation_sites_.html

Info: There is a Blackwell Island RV Park right across the street from the boat launch http://www.idahorvpark.com/index.html. Directions: From I-90 take exit 11. Turn southeast toward the City of Coeur d'Alene city center. On Northwest Boulevard take the highway 95 on ramp and turn south toward Moscow Idaho. The entrance to the park is right after you cross the bridge. Maps: To view a map CLICK HERE TO VIEW PDF MAP or go towww.mapquest.com and type in Blackwell Island, Idaho.

 

2.5 Blackwell Island Channel Landing

 

This is probably the most protected area to launch a kayak or canoe on this part of the Spokane River / Post Falls Reservoir. This landing is right on the Blackwell Island channel on the non-Island side next to HWY 95 channel bridge. This is a non-motorized channel perfect for kayaking/canoeing. A plus compared to launching on Blackwell Island is its free to use this site. And additional plus is you can either travel southwest into the Spokane River or travel Northeast into the Hagadone Marina and own into Lake Coeur d'Alene next  to Cougar Bay. When traveling southwest toward the Spokane River the channel will split, going left takes you to the river with no motor traffic until you get to the river, going right takes you to the Spokane River as well but also takes you to the Blackwell Island boat launch and with that boat traffic sooner than if you had gone left.  Directions: From I-90 take exit 11. Turn southeast toward the City of Coeur d'Alene city center. On Northwest Boulevard take the highway 95 on ramp and turn south toward Moscow Idaho. You will cross the Spokane River Bridge, then pass the entrance to the Blackwell Island park, then immediately cross the Blackwell Island channel bridge. After this second bridge is --- road to your right. On either side of this road entrance is a gravel parking lot. Turn righting to the south gravel parking lot and drive all the way into the lot where there is a wide trail with a no camping sign on a tree... This is the place! Portage your craft down the trail to the landing. There is one point on this trail that is steep and rocky, but other than this one spot its easy to get to the landing. The trail is only about 100 feet from the parking lot to the channel/water. Maps: To view a map CLICK HERE TO VIEW PDF MAP or go to www.mapquest.com and type in Blackwell Island, Idaho. Blackwell Island Park and boat launch, click here: http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/fo/coeur_d_alene/recreation_sites_.html

Info: There is a Blackwell Island RV Park right across the street from the boat launch http://www.idahorvpark.com/index.html.

 

 

3. Riverstone Park & Pond

 

This new park in the City of Coeur d'Alene park system has a man made pond that is popular with local radio controlled model sail boaters, shelters, restrooms, running water, playground, paved bike/walking trail (connected to the Idaho Centennial Trail), ample parking, and area that is used for concerts, etc.

4. Mill River Park

  

Mill River Park has a day use dock with swimming beach, shelter, restroom, water fountain, and paved parking area. One can easily carry a kayak or small craft from the parking lot to the beach/dock. Directions: 4340 W Shoreview Lane, Coeur d'Alene, ID.

http://parks.cdaid.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=39&Itemid=62

 

5. Maple Dr. Park

 

Maple Drive Park is maintained by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). It has a porta potty at the parking area, one picnic table, and a trash receptacle. Maple Drive Park has a nice beach to either swim and/or launch a kayak from; though the path to the beach is a bit long.

 

6. Kiwanis Park

 

This is the newest park on the reservoir/river and is leased to the city for $1 a year. The Kiwanis club sold part of their land at this site to afford to develop a 4-acre park. The park includes an unguarded swimming beach, kayak/canoe launch area (have to portage a few hundred feet down a wide, level, gravel path), trails, picnic areas and shelters, restrooms, playground equipment, basket ball area, and a 34x46 covered pavilion. This is a popular site for weddings and family reunions. 4176 E. Weather by Ave. Post Falls Idaho.

 

7. Greens Ferry Boat Launch

 

We took a picture of the launch when the water in the reservoir was drawn down to show how shallow this launch site is. When the water level is at its highest the depth at the end of this gravel launch is only about 4 feet deep or less. This launch facility is not well suited as a swim area due to the very short shore area and boat traffic. It also has no restroom or running water. However, this is a great place to launch from in order to access the widest part of the reservoir. There is a sand/mud bar you could potentially go aground on if you were to proceed west from the mouth of the channel. It is best to follow the north shore of the channel all the way out until your are heading north directly into the river channel. If you sail on this portion of the reservoir going east a short distance there are power lines (very high off the water but still something to watch for). Also up river (west) there is another set of power lines.

8. Black Bay Park

 

There is no boat launch here but If you are boating with a sail yak or even a small dinghy you can walk your boat down the trail several hundred feet to the water (watch out for bikes). Amenities include restrooms, running water, paved bike/hiking trails, swim area, and large parking area. For a map of Black Bay Park log onto. Directions: To get to Blackwell Island take Exit 11. Turn right onto Northwest Blvd toward down town Coeur d’Alene. Turn right onto the I95 on-ramp and take a right onto I95. Cross the bridge and to the right you will see the Blackwell Island boat launch and park.

9. Q'emiln Park and Boat Launches

 

This is the largest park on the reservoir (this section of the river) with fenced in swim area, restrooms, running water, play ground, hiking trails, and boat launches with docks. There is a fee to use this park. For more information log onto www.postfallsidaho.org . Note of caution - If you are launching from Q’emiln Park be aware of the current as you could be drawn into the dam barrier. The current can be very fast (particularly during spring). Post Falls Chamber of Commerce website: www.postfallsidaho.org. Call 208-769-1357 or log onto www.avistautilities.com/environment/ourpart/recreation for more information. Directions:  From I90 heading from either Spokane or Coeur d’Alene - Take Exit 5 and turn right (south); cross the bridge and to the left you will see the park.

 

Islands & Bays (Places to Anchor)

 

Islands: There are 7 main Islands within the Post Falls Reservoir of the Spokane River as well as two more very small unnamed islands. Going from where the Spokane River starts at Lake Coeur d'Alene to Post Falls (westerly direction) are Blackwell Island and Little Blackwell Island. These are the only Islands on the river that the public is allowed to access. When the reservoir/river is drawn down, the channel between these two Islands disappears and the Islands become one and connectes with the mainland.

 

The channel is a nice place to swim and kayak from.  When there is water in this channel it is for non-motorized use only. Amenities include a park with double boat launch and docks, restrooms, picnic areas, nature trail boardwalk, and shelters. There is one marina, a privately owned campground, and the famous floating restaurant, Cedars.

 

The next Island is Marsh Island. No power boat traffic is allowed to go behind the Island due to the wildlife restrictions. One can access this area to view water foul via kayaks by launching across the river at Mill River Park.

 

A short distance up river is Hidden Island. It is privately owned and has a channel that dead ends due to a low bridge, which even a kayak can't go under.

 

The second largest Island on the reservoir/river is Harbor Island, which, like the other Islands, also has a channel that is accessible from the reservoir/river. This channel has privately owned docks along its length but is not a channel that non-resident power boaters use as it is in a no wake zone and dead ends at the bridge. At east entrance to this channel is a sign that says "dead end." However, this doesn't apply to those in kayaks or canoes which can easily pass under the bridge. This is a beautiful place to paddle and a nice way to get out of reservoir/river traffic.

 

There are two designated wildlife Island(s) on this reservoir/river - the Twin Goose Islands. This is one Island in the winter when the reservoir is drawn down, and two Islands in the summer when the reservoir is full. Location is about 1 mile east of the dam. These twin Islands are water foul habitation so are not to be accessed by people.

 

The final Island is Span Way Island, a privately owned island with houses on it. Span Way is just a short distance up the river from Q'emiln Park and on the same side of the river (south side). There is a channel around the island but where the street crosses to the Island there is a pipe that passes under creating an impassable barrier that even a swimmer couldn't get through. The channel on either side of this road is private and used by the owners of the homes along the channel for their water craft.

Bays: There are several bays and inlets that seem to be ideal locations to get away from the main channel of the reservoir. Black Bay (See Black Bay Park) is a perfect bay to get away from the boating traffic, particularly if you are on a kayak or non-motorized vessel. This bay is part of a park ran by the city of Post Falls. Going into the bay a short distance you can anchor your power boat and relax. The bay is a button hook shape and half way into the bay there are signs prohibiting motorized vessels. It's quite a nice place go to kayak and especially swim.

Ross Point Bay is another nice anchoring spot. It is surrounded by a Church Camp so you will want to be mindful of what you do, and if you are listening to music please keep the volume down when in this bay. The land around this bay is owned by the Baptist church so the general public is not allowed to go on shore.

There are several other inlets/coves; Hidden Cove is across from Ross Point Bay. But like the other small inlets, it is surrounded by homes and is really too small to anchor in without impeding boat traffic from those homes. The public boat launch among these inlets is the Greens Ferry Public Boat Launch; there is a narrow channel leading to and from this launch facility. The channel was created primarily by Cedar Creek and the increased water level from the dam. There is no water in this channel during the winter and it is only 2-4 feet deep during the summer. This channel can be busy due to boats leaving from and returning to the boat launch and private residences, so is not a channel to anchor in or obstruct.

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UPRIVER - From the Idaho Post Falls Dam to Upriver Dam & Reservoir

Upriver section of the Spokane River starts at the Post Falls Dam in Idaho and run westerly to Upriver Dam in Spokane County. The Post Falls Dam backs up the Spokane River into Lake Coeur d'Alene creating at times a very busy reservoir related to boat traffic. The Upriver Dam creates a reservoir (Upriver Reservoir) that backs up the Spokane river to about N. Argonne Rd. Bridge and sometimes to Denny Ashlock Bridge (pedestrian/bike bridge). On this reservoir rowing, kayaking is popular, and is used by the Felts Field Airport for Sea Planes. Residences along this reservoir power boat on this section of the river but no launch is available to the public. From the Denny Ashlock Bridge up river to the Post Falls Dam is several sets of rapids classified as Class II White Water. From the parks and access points to this river mentioned below you can kayak, canoe, row, raft, drift, motor, dinghy sail (Sail during low current times of the year, like mid or late summer and early fall when there is little or no river flow). Caution: During strong to moderate current times of the year stay away from the dams and know your limits before recreating on this river. Limits: Motors are only allowed between Plate's Ferry Park and Park Road (Park Road on the south side of the river is slightly up river from Boulder Beach).

The Upriver Dam that is owned by the city of Spokane was built in 1894 to supply power and irrigation to the surrounding area. The impact this dam has on salmon runs is considered non-existent due to the fact that salmon and steelhead could not migrate past the Spokane Falls. Yet the flow from this dam is important to the survival of the fish that live above and below the falls, and for recreational activities. Avista does it's best to meet the power needs of the area as well as the water flow, which is not always an easy task to make all parties happy. Generally most people feel that Avista works well with the public and Spokane Indian Tribe. ATTENTION! There are no public boat launches on the Upriver Dam Reservoir; all launching is only suited for kayaks/canoes, sail yaks, and very light weight sailing dinghies such as the 50 lb. Super Snark. Click here for Spokane River water levels - www.avistautilities.com/environment/ourpart/recreation

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Upriver Dam & Reservoir

 

1. McGuire Park, Spokane river access point - Kayaks

 

McGuire Park is about a mile below the Post Falls Dam in Idaho and is the first access point on the river after the Post Falls Dam. This park has some picnic tables and a small parking area. It has no landing, but one can easily launch a kayak or raft by hand due to the fairly level shore area. The best time to kayak from this location is mid summer when the river is slow moving. This is not an ideal location to swim from as there are no pools. Directions: From I90 take Exit 2 (same Exit used to access Flying J) and proceed south to the stop light. At the stop light turn left onto Riverbend Avenue and go to the end of this street to the stop sign. Turn right onto McGuire Rd. Follow this road and after the sweeping turn to the left. Keep an eye out on your right for a gravel road (looks like a drive way to a private residence. The drive way to the park serves as the road to both the park and a private residence). Maps: To view a map click on www.mapquest.com ; Type in Post Falls Idaho and follow the above directions. Info: This is a day use park only with rules posted.

2. Corbin Park, Spokane river access point - Dinghies

 

CAUTION HAZARDOUS SWIM AREA - Even though Corbin Park river area is a popular swimming area, be advised of the following: Strong Undertow. Strong Current. Swim at your own Risk!

 

This park which is in Idaho has a paved launch ramp! It is also a fun location to swim and kayak from. In late summer and early fall it may also be a nice location for some sail yakking or even dinghy sailing. Due to the depth of this location, (20’ in some spots), and the flow of the river sometimes being really slow, this area kind of becomes like a lake/reservoir between the west and east rapids (1/2 mile long and 50'-150' wide in one section). There really needs to be about 10 knots of wind for the wind to get down into this canyon.

 

Note of caution: Several people have drowned here due to some nasty undertow. I swim at this park a lot and love it, but use common sense and know my limits. I actually swim at this park with my wet suite shorts (for extra flotation), or with a small boat fender with a leash connected to my arm. Or I just swim with my life vest on and employ these tactics with my kids; better safe than sorry. During middle or late summer it is best to swim here when the water is low and moving very slowly, thus the undertows will be less.

 

CORBIN PARK is located at the south end of Corbin Road off Riverbend Ave. This 28+ acre site, along the Spokane River, offers access for rafting or fishing, picnic areas, BBQ pits, a volleyball court, horseshoe pits, softball field, Frisbee, golf course & restrooms. Directions: From I90 take Exit 2 (same Exit used to access Flying J) and proceed south to the stop light. At the stop light turn left onto Riverbend Ave. Go down this road and look to your right; you will see a sign directing you to Corbin Park on Corbin Rd. Maps: To view a map click on www.mapquest.com and type exactly [470-599] S Corbin Rd Post Falls, ID 83854, US. You will see a red star indicating where the park is. Info: Post Falls Chamber of Commerce www.postfallsidaho.org

 

3. State Line Informal Launch

 

 ATTENTION DUE TO BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION THESE SITES ARE CLOSED!.

At the Idaho Washington state line and across the river (southwest direction) from Cabalas' is a primitive launch area next to the I90 freeway west bound bridge (on the north side of the bridge) commonly used by drift boaters and kayakers. This launch is officially in the state of Idaho but barley. This launch is either a take out point for those tubing/drifting from either Corbin or McGuire Parks in Idaho or a put-in site for those going down river to negotiate the various rapids. Drift boaters launching from this site will take out at Harvard Bridge primitive launch down river as this is the last launch site where trailers can be used to retrieve boats. There are no trailer launch sites until after Nine Mile Dam, however there are many spots to launch and retrieve kayaks and canoes from after Harvard Bridge launch. This site has no facilities, but just a short distance away is Gateway Park Visitor Center with restrooms, running water, and picnic area. Directions: On HWY 90 coming from either Spokane, WA. or Coeur d'Alene Idaho take exit 299. At the end of the exit off ramp turn north (N. Spokane Bridge Rd). Head toward the visitor center (there are signs pointing the way). Follow the road right as it turns to head to Idaho and Cabalas  (E. Appleway Ln. Turning left at this sharp curve in the road takes you to the visitor center/rest area). Just after the road turns sharply to the right right (east) heading toward Idaho and just before crossing the bridge you will see a gravel road to your right and an opening in a fence as well. Follow this gravel road to the primitive launch site. Maps: To view a map click on www.mapquest.com . Type in "Post Falls Idaho" and move left/west along HWY 90 on the map to the Idaho/Washington State border. This launch is located on the west side if the west bound I90 bridge, on the north side of the bridge. Pan in via aerial setting to view the launch site.

 

4. I90 Gateway Park Visitor Center-Rest Area/Weight Station Informal Launch

 

At this site behind the Gateway Park Visitor Center and across the Centennial Trail is a narrow and steep access point suitable for kayaks and canoes to launch from. This is a excellent site to access white water just down the river near Harvard Road Bridge. Right across the path and street there are restrooms, running water, and a picnic area. The visitor center is closed temporarily (as of the time this is posted ~ feel free to check it out to see if it is open yet) due to budgetary constraints. Directions: On I90 at the Idaho, Washington state line take Exit 299 north toward the river; follow signs to rest area. Behind the rest area before you turn into the rest area parking lot is a gravel parking lot; this is the place. One can portage the kayak from the gravel parking lot to the river. Maps: To view a map click on www.mapquest.com and type Post Falls, ID 83854, US. Pan west along I90 toward Exit 299 to view rest area and river access site.

5. Harvard Bridge Informal Launch

 

This access point to the Spokane River is one of the most accessible to boats that need a trailer such as drift boats. It would be best to launch upriver at the State Line primitive launch or further up river at the paved Corbin Park Launch (the only public paved launch on the river until Spokane Lake). This site also has a nice beach for sun bathing and swimming from. Launching from this site leads off to a white water area just before the McMillan Street Take Out and Barker Road Bridge access point. This site has a restroom and nice paved parking area. The river from this site to Barker Bridge is generally calm enough for recreational floating such as on inner tubes during lower river flows, but from Barker Bridge to the Islands Trailhead/Denny Ashlock Bridge the river is rated as Class II white water. Directions: Take Exit 296 off of I90 and proceed North on N. Harvard Rd toward the river. Pass over the Harvard bridge and immediately on the west side of the bridge there is a gravel road to the river. There are signs indicating a park. On the South side of the river next to the bridge, before you cross the bridge, there is another park for the Spokane Centennial Trail, you can park there and access the river by portaging your kayak to the river. But the previously mentioned park is far better for river access, and is the official river access site with gravel launch and rocky beach. Very easy to access the river from this launch and beach. Maps: To view a map click on www.mapquest.com and type Spokane Valley, WA, US. Pan east along I90 toward Exit 296 and follow above directions to view the river access site.

 

6. McMillan Street Take-Out

 

This access point is for take-out only and was designated when Barker Bridge was under construction. There is no parking lot at this site so one picks up their craft and leaves immediately. It is a good spot for those wanting to take their craft out of the river before the class II white water which is after the Barker Bridge, but then again its much easier to take out at the Barker Bridge take-out/put-in. There is a large orange Take-Out sign near the river edge. Directions:  Directions: On I90 east of Spokane Valley, WA. take Exit 296 and go north on N. Harvard Rd. after you cross the river bridge turn west onto E. Euclid Ave. a few miles down the road turn south onto N. Meyers Rd. follow this road when it turns west and becomes E. Buckeye Rd. Less than a mile down the road turn south onto N. McMillan Rd. At the end of this road is the access point via a small pedestrian gate down a path (fire lane) to the river. Maps: To view a map click on www.mapquest.com and type Spokane Valley, WA, US. Pan east along I90 toward Exit 296 and follow above directions to view the river access site.

 

7. Barker Bridge Informal Launch

 

 This access point to the Spokane River is very popular to white water kayakers because it leads to a series of white water rapids, such as Judd's New Hole & the Mini Climax Wave. This is also the reason it's a take out point for many recreational and inexperienced kayakers wanting to avoid the rapids (see #6 McMillan Street as another take out before the Barker Bridge). There is a narrow gravel parking area and there is a wide gravel path to the waters edge. Across the river from the Harvard Bridge access site is the Centennial Trailhead with restroom and large gravel parking area. From Barker Bridge Access Site to the Islands Trailhead/Denny Ashlock Bridge the river is rated as Class II white water. Directions: Take Exit 293 off of I90 and proceed North on N. Barker Rd. toward the river. Before the Barker Bridge is a Centennial Trail large gravel parking lot. One can portage a kayak from this site to the river via a steep river bank, but on the opposite side of the bridge is a better place to launch from. Pass over the Harvard bridge and immediately on the east side of the bridge there is a gravel road/ramp to the river.  Maps: To view a map click on www.mapquest.com and type Spokane Valley, WA, US. Pan east along I90 toward Exit 293 and follow above directions to view the river access site.

8. Flora & Montgomery Corner Access

 

This access point to the river is not well known. Parking along the road is limited. There is a paved trail and large grassy path that lead almost to the river. There is a narrower gravel path to the river. It is recommended when portaging your kayak to the river that you do so via the grassy path so as not to block the paved path. As compared to the Mission and Sullivan access points this site is free of large boulders at waters edge making launching and retrieving from this site much easier than at the Mission Ave. access site. This site is also more centrally located with the rapids of this section of the river. Sullivan Hole, Mini Climax, and Judd's New Hole white water rapids are all rated class II and are all down river of this access point. Directions:  Take Exit 293 off of I90 and proceed North on N. Barker Rd. toward the river. Before the Barker Bridge is E. Riverway St.. Take this road west a short distance and then turn west onto E. Montgomery Ave./Dr at approximately the corner of this road and N. Flora Rd. Maps: To view a map click on www.mapquest.com and type Spokane Valley, WA, US. Pan east along I90 toward Exit 293 and follow above directions to view the river access site.

9. Mission Avenue Access

 

 This access point is suited for kayaks, canoes, and small rafts. From the parking area one will portage their water craft across the Centennial Trail down a fairly steep gravel trail to a boulder like beach. This access point is next to the Sullivan Hole and Mini Climax; Judd's New Hole rapids are just up the river. All these rapids make up a popular wave area for white water kayaking and are rated class II. There is an open area used as a parking area at this site but there are no restroom or other facilities available. The river in this area from Harvard Bridge to the Denny Ashlock Bridge is rated as Class II white water. Directions:  Take Exit 293 off of I90 and proceed North on N. Barker Rd. toward the river. Before the Barker Bridge is E. Mission Ave. At the end of this road is the area you park to access the river. Maps: To view a map click on www.mapquest.com and type Spokane Valley, WA, US. Pan east along I90 toward Exit 293 and follow above directions to view the river access site.

10. Sullivan Park

 

On this part of the river some mistakenly think that Sullivan Park (which is right off of Sullivan St.) is the access point to the river in this area, but this is not the case. This park has a large parking, picnic area, with restrooms, and running water.  To access the river do so across the street from the park on E. Flora Pit Rd. Driving a short distance down this road and to your right (south) you will see a short gravel road into a small gravel parking lot. In this parking lot you will see a trail which leads to the waters edge. There is a nice wide gradual descending path almost to the waters edge. At the end of the path you will have to portage over some big boulders and rocks. This site gives you access to some nice rapids and to the popular Zoon Hole wave area. From Harvard Bridge to the Denny Ashlock Bridge the river is rated as Class II white water. Directions:  Take Exit 291B off of I90 and proceed North on N. Sullivan Rd. toward the river. Right after you cross the river bridge to your right (east) is N. Flora Pit Rd. Take this road to the small gravel parking lot on your right (south) to access the river. Maps: To view a map click on www.mapquest.com and type Spokane Valley, WA, US. Pan east along I90 toward Exit 291B and follow above directions to view the river access site.

 

11. Mirabeau Point Park

 

This a large public park near the Spokane Valley Mall. The Centennial Trail passes through the park. The park has ball fields, picnic and hiking areas, restroom, and running water. The river access point parking area is right across the street from the parks sole artificial water fall. From the parking area you portage down a hill that can be steep at times but generally is not that bad to the waters edge. From Harvard Bridge to the Denny Ashlock Bridge the river is rated as Class II white water. Directions: In the city of Spokane Valley take Exit 291A off of I90 and proceed North on N. Evergreen Rd. toward the mall. At the end of this road where it T's into E. Indiana Ave. at the stop light turn left/west onto E. Indiana Ave. Proceed a short distance down this road and then turn right/north onto S. Mirabeau Pkwy. The parking lot to the river access site is after you pass the YMCA across the street from the artificial water fall park area next to the Centennial Trail. Maps: To view a map click on www.mapquest.com and type Spokane Valley, WA, US. On I90 locate Exit 291A and follow above directions to view the river access site.

 

12. Plantes Ferry Park

 

This is a popular swim area and soccer park. Just before this park's main entrance when traveling East on Upriver Drive or just past the main entrance going west, there is a spot you can unload from (10 minute parking limit) and walk down the park to a little beach to launch from. The swim area has a nice spot to launch a kayak from but there is a small 3' high fence you will need to step over. After unloading your boat you can drive to the park to park your car and then walk back to your craft. Down river from this access point there is short series of rapids that are then followed by lake like conditions into Upriver Dam reservoir. Even with these lake like conditions the current can be very strong during spring run off, etc. Floating from this park to the dam is generally calm enough for recreational floating such as on inner tubes during lower river flow. From Harvard Bridge to the Denny Ashlock Bridge the river is rated as Class II white water. ATTENTION! There are no public boat launches on the Upriver Dam Reservoir; all access points are only suited for kayaks/canoes, sail yaks, and very light weight sailing dinghies like the 50 lb. Super Snark. Restrictions: Watercraft with motors are only allowed between N. Park Rd. on the south side of the river on the east end of Felts Field and just up river of Boulder Beach to Plantes Ferry Park. Wearing a PDF is required. Directions: In the city of Spokane Valley take Exit 289 off of I90 and proceed North on N. Pines Rd (HWY 27). Where this road intersects with E. Trent Ave. (HWY 290) turn right/east. After you proceed down this road a short distance and cross a bridge over the Spokane River turn left/north onto N. Mcdonald Rd. At the end of this road turn left/west onto E. Wellesley Ave. A short distance down this road and it turns into E. Upriver Dr. Plantes Ferry Park is only a shot distance down this road as well. Maps: To view a map click on www.mapquest.com and type Spokane Valley, WA, US. On I90 locate Exit 289 and follow above directions to view the river access site.

 

 
13. This area where the Islands Trailhead & Denny Ashlock Bridge meet, is an excellent access point to the river. Across the river from Islands Trailhead of the Centennial Trail is a popular swimming area after crossing the Denny Ashlock Bridge (bicycle bridge). This spot is a fabulous swimming hole and place to dive off the large boulders that extend some 10 feet out of the water. The Bank is rather steep on the north side of the river so most people who want to launch their kayak/canoe use a dolly or carry their craft across Denny Ashlock Bridge (please watch out for cyclists and stay out of their way the best you can). You will find several good locations to launch from right after you cross the bridge ends or by walking up the trail a little near the large boulders in the water or turning right onto the dirt trail after you cross the bridge to the waters edge. The boulder area is an awesome location to launch from due to the boulders creating a protected cove. The river from this site and above is generally calm enough for recreational floating such as on inner tubes during lower river flows. From Harvard Bridge to the Islands Trailhead/Denny Ashlock Bridge the river rated as Class II white water. ATTENTION! There are no public boat launches on the Upriver Dam Reservoir. All access points are only suited for kayaks/canoes, sail yaks, and very light weight sailing dinghies like the 50 lb. Super Snark. Restrictions: Watercraft with motors are only allowed between N. Park Rd. on the south side of the river on the east end of Felts Field and just up river of Boulder Beach to Plantes Ferry Park. Wearing a PDF is required. Directions: In the city of Spokane Valley take Exit 289 off of I90 and proceed North on N. Pines Rd (HWY 27). Where this road intersects with E. Trent Ave. (HWY 290) turn right/east. After you proceed down this road a short distance and cross a bridge over the Spokane River turn left/north onto N. Mcdonald Rd. At the end of this road turn left/west onto E. Wellesley Ave. After a short distance, this road turns into E. Upriver Dr. Plantes Ferry Park is only a shot distance down this road and once you pass this park another mile or so down the road to your left/south you will see a Centennial Trail parking lot; this is the place. Maps: To view a map click on www.mapquest.com and type Spokane Valley, WA, US. On I90 locate Exit 289 and follow above directions to view the river access site.

14. Maringo Drive Trailhead

 

This access point that is down river from Denny Ashlock Bridge is generally not used as an access point but because of its distance from the river and white water features of the river. However, its just downriver from the only marsh on this section of the river which is an excellent spot to view water foul at. For touring kayakers. canoeist, and rowers this is a nice low congested launch site and is the first point of access to the lake like conditions on the Upriver Dam reservoir. Make sure to bring some type of a dolly as again the parking area is several hundred feet from the river. Portaging over the bank into the water can be difficult due to it being steep and covered with small brush, but again if you are using a dolly one could walk further down the trail to the march area where the incline is much less. Be quite at this point to not disturbed the water foul.

 

ATTENTION! There are no public boat launches on the Upriver Dam Reservoir all access points are only suited for kayaks/canoes, sail yaks, and very light weight sailing dinghies like the 50 lb. Super Snark. Restrictions: Watercraft with motors are only allowed between N. Park Rd. on the south side of the river and on the east end of Felts Field and just up river of Boulder Beach to Plantes Ferry Park. Wearing a PDF is required. Directions: In the city of Spokane take Exit 287 off of I90 and proceed North on N. Argonne Rd. You will cross E. Trent Ave. (HWY 290) on your way to the river. After you cross the bridge over the Spokane River immediately turn right/east onto E. Maringo Dr. Proceed down this road to the end of the road. Unload in the circle area of the end of the road but do not park here. Park along the road in front of the houses so your vehicle isn't towed away. Maps: To view a map click on www.mapquest.com and type Spokane, WA, US. On I90. Locate Exit 287 and follow above directions to view the river access site.

 

Put arrow and Maringo note on this map & Parker Road with no motor note...

15. Boulder Beach Park
 

 

 

This is a popular swim area with boulders that many enjoy sun bathing on or jumping off of. There is a paved parking area with restrooms (no running water). There is no launch at this site but one can carry their kayak or canoe down the beach to the waters edge. The section of the river is more of a lake/reservoir then a river due to the dam backing the water up to this beach and beyond. ATTENTION! There are no public boat launches on the Upriver Dam Reservoir. All access points are only suited for kayaks/canoes, sail yaks, and very light weight sailing dinghies like the 50 lb. Super Snark. Restrictions: Watercraft with motors are only allowed between N. Park Rd. on the south side of the river on the east end of Felts Field and just up river of Boulder Beach to Plantes Ferry Park. Wearing a PDF is required. Directions: In the city of Spokane take Exit 287 off of I90 and proceed North on N. Argonne Rd. to the intersection of N. Argonne Rd. & E. Upriver Drive. Turn left/west onto E. Upriver Drive. Proceed down the road a few miles until you see Boulder Beach Park on your left/south. Maps: To view a map click on www.mapquest.com and type Spokane, WA, US. On I90 locate Exit 287 and follow above directions to view the park.

 

16. John H. Shield's Park

 

This great rock climbing park is near the dam and across the street (Upriver Dr.) from the reservoir. There are two places across the street from the park to launch a kayak or canoe from. The best location is next to the large red regulatory buoy and Dam warning sign. This site has a nice gradual slope to the water but the grass can be a bit deep during the summer. The second launch site is almost directly across the street from the restroom via a steep primitive trail to the waters edge. Once you launch from either spot you will be in the widest part of Spokane River on this section of the river. It is very open to the wind (which can be a negative to some, but a positive for sailors). This access point is in a non motorized section of the river/reservoir from the Dam to Park Street on the south side of the river just down river from Boulder Beach. CAUTION must be applied as this non-motorized area is the place where sea plains land and is also where the Spokane and Gonzaga University rowing teams train. Keep clear of the plains and rowing teams. Restrictions: Watercraft with motors are only allowed between N. Park Rd. (road does not cross the river. This road is on the south side of the river, and on the east end of Felts Field and just down river from Boulder Beach. Wearing a PDF is required. Directions: In the city of Spokane take Exit 287 off of I90 and proceed North on N. Argonne Rd. to the intersection of N. Argonne Rd. & E. Upriver Dr. Turn left/west onto E. Upriver Dr. proceed down the road a few miles until you near Upriver Dam. John H. Shield's Park is directly across the street from the Dam. Beach Park is on your left/south. This park is also across from the Spokane & Gonzaga Uni. rowing facility and the Felts Field Sea Plane river access site, so when boating here watch out for Sea Planes and rowing teams, both of which have the right of away over you no matter what you are on. There are no public boat launches on the Upriver Dam Reservoir; all access points are only suited for kayaks/canoes, sail yaks, and very light weight sailing dinghies like the 50 lb. Super Snark. Limits: Watercraft with motors are only allowed between N. Park Rd. on the south side of the river on the east end of Felts Field and just up river of Boulder Beach to Plantes Ferry Park. Maps: To view a map click on the following link www.mapquest.com and type Spokane, WA, US. On I90 locate Exit 287 and follow above directions to view the park.

 

17. Felts Field Launch and Spokane River Rowing Association/Gonzaga University Rowing Team

 

If you have wondered how power boats get on this portion of the river from Upriver Dam Reservoir to the designated (legal-power-boats allowed) power boat area between Park Rd. and Denny Ashlock Bridge, the answer is Felts Field Airport. This paved launch and the one at the Upriver Dam (see picture of Dam and launch at the beginning of this section) are the only ones suited for launching power boats on the Upriver Reservoir and the Felts Field Launch is only one available to residents along this portion of the river. This launch is designed for Sea Planes in association with Felts Field Airport. Next to Felts Field and this launch is Spokane River Rowing Association/Gonzaga University Team Rowing facility (www.spokanerowing.org) that they lease from the Felts Field Airport. We mention this launch and facilities as a note of interest as its not available to the general public. It also might be possible to launch a sailing dinghy from the rowing club facility via permission by visiting their website and emailing them @ www.spokanerowing.org . Approval comes via Gonzaga University officials and so far our requests have been denied. It is sad they will not work with the local community, particularly with the SAIL disAbled sailing program as it would be great benefit to them. Without permission the only place to launch into the Upriver Dam Reservoir would be via John H. Shield's Park via a steep bank or up river at Boulder Beach, or Maringo Dr. Trailhead, or Denny Ashlock Bridge. Can only launch kayaks or very small sailing dinghies via manually portaging to the waters edge. Restrictions: Watercraft with motors are only allowed between N. Park Rd. on the south side of the river on the east end of Felts Field, and just up river of Boulder Beach to Plantes Ferry Park. Wearing a PDF is required. Directions: In the city of Spokane take Exit 286 off of I90 and proceed east on E. Broadway Ave. Follow this road a short distance then then turn north onto N. Park Rd. On N. Park Rd. you will cross over I90 and the railroad tracks. Also on N. Park Rd. you will be able to see Felts Field Airport. At the end of N. Park Rd. you will turn left/west on to E. South Riverway Ave. toward the Airport. You will come to a gate at the airport. At the gate and beyond is a gravel road that will take you to the paved launch and rowing facility. For permission to access this site go to the Spokane River Rowing Association at www.spokanerowing.org . Maps: To view a map click on the following link www.mapquest.com and type Spokane, WA, US. On I90 locate Exit 286 and follow above directions to view the launch and rowing facility. You can view a map of the rowing facility and get detailed directions from various locations by visiting their website @ www.spokanerowing.org

 UP

UPPER RIVER - From Upriver Dam to Monroe Steet Dam

This section of the Spokane River from Upriver Dam to Monroe Falls Dam is probably most well know due to the popular Spokane Falls and Riverfront Park. Riverfront Park is also the site where the 1974 Worlds Fair took place. Park is a must stop for those wanting to view some of the most beautiful falls in the world and enjoy one of the cleanest cities in the nation. Before the falls there is a section of the river that is popular with kayakers and is considered a class 1 float if even that. There are either 2 or 3 consecutive sets of rapids depending on water level. All of which are only about 1 to 2 miles below the Upriver Dam. No water craft or persons are allowed in any section of river or its falls between Upper River Dam and Monroe Street Dam. Up river of

the Upriver Dam there are 6 areas for kayaks/canoes to access to the river. It is a MUST that one float this section of the river ONLY when the river flow is slow, not during spring run off.

 

R. River Front Park in Spokane WA. (See pictures of this area at the beginning of this section) - Riverfront Park is beautifully scenic with its majestic water falls and park. This park includes paved bike and walking trails, clock tower, historic carousel, small amusement park, several play grounds, a water feature to play in, Gondola, IMAX theater with arcade, beautiful picnic areas, Spokane Convention Center, and downtown restaurants and shopping available next to the park. For park info visit www.riverfrontpark.com

Restrictions: Watercraft with motors are not allowed on the section of the river from Park Road (Park Road is about a mile up river from Upriver Dam and slightly up river from Boulder Beach) to Plese Flats Park. Wearing a PDF is required. Click here for Spokane River water levels at www.avistautilities.com/environment/ourpart/recreation

 

  UP

1. Upriver Dam Put-In

 

This is the first access site for the river between the Upriver Falls Dam and Upriver Dam. One can park in the very small gravel parking lot along N. Upriver Dr. just south before the road Y's with E. Upriver Dr. & E. Frederick Ave. From the road one traverses down a trail to a level and large grassy area. The bank is easy to get down to the river edge. This is an excellent place to fish from but is not suited for swimming due to it's close proximity to the dam. Of course one should be aware that you are immediately below the dam and the spillways can be opened unexpectedly at anytime. Please check the dams notices and information, river flow status, etc. at  www.avistautilities.com/environment/ourpart/recreation  Restrictions: Watercraft with motors are not allowed on the section of the river from Park Road (Park Road is about a mile up river from Upriver Dam and slightly up river from Boulder Beach) to Plese Flats Park. Wearing a PDF is required. Directions: In the city of Spokane take Exit 287 off of I90 and proceed North on N. Argonne Rd. to the intersection of N. Argonne Rd. & E. Upriver Dr. Turn left/west onto E. Upriver Dr. proceed down the road a few miles until you near Upriver Dam. Once past the dam turn left/south onto N. Upriver Dr. Immediately on this road to your left/south you will see a small parking area; this is the place. Maps: To view a map click on the following link www.mapquest.com and type Spokane, WA, US. On I90 locate Exit 287 and follow above directions to view the park.

2. Upriver Drive Access

 

There are several spots to launch from along Upriver Drive. Be careful not to park in an area that isn't designated for parking so your vehicle won't be towed. There are several locations along this road with turnouts to access the bike trail and picnic areas which also can be used for launching and retrieving. There are also a couple of things to be cautious of here... Be careful of sweepers (trees with limbs that hand low over the river) which can potentially (as the term replies) "sweep" you off your craft. One must also be careful to only access the river during slow current times of the year to avoid being taken quickly down the river to the falls. Restrictions: Watercraft with motors are not allowed on this section of the river from Park Road (Park Road is about a mile up river from Upriver Dam and slightly up river from Boulder Beach) to Plese Flats Park. Wearing a PDF is required. Directions: In the city of Spokane take Exit 282 (282A if you driving west from Spokane Valley & Coeur d'Alene) off of I90 and proceed North on N. Hamilton St. to the intersection of N. Hamilton St. & E. Mission Ave. Turn right/east onto E. Mission Ave. and proceed down the road a few miles until you reach E. Upriver Dr. just before the bridge that crosses the Spokane River and next to Mission Park. Once on E. Upriver Dr. (some distance down this road the name changes to N. Upriver Dr. and then turns back into E. Upriver Dr. at the Dam and beyond) watch for various legal access sites along the river. Maps: To view a map click on the following link www.mapquest.com and type Spokane, WA, US. On I90 locate Exit 282 and follow above directions to view the river access sites.

 

3. E. South Riverton Avenue Access

 

This site is just before Mission Avenue (north of Mission Ave.) on E. South Riverton Ave. There is room to park, grass to picnic on, and river access. The trees here do hang over the river making launching a little more tricky. It would be better to launch just down the road after crossing Mission Ave. traveling southward. There are no restrooms at this location. Restrictions: Watercraft with motors are not allowed on this section of the river from Park Road (Park Road is about a mile up river from Upriver Dam and slightly up river from Boulder Beach) to Plese Flats Park. Wearing a PDF is required. Directions: In the city of Spokane take Exit 282 (282A if you are driving west from Spokane Valley or Coeur d'Alene) off of I90 and proceed North on N. Hamilton St. to the intersection of N. Hamilton St. & E. Mission Ave. Turn right/east onto E. Mission Ave. proceed down the road a few miles until you reach the bridge that crosses the Spokane River and you will pass Mission Park & public pool facility. After crossing the bridge immediately turn left/north onto E. South Riverton Ave. Immediately to your left you will see a long gravel parking lot with grassy area and lots of trees; this is the place. Maps: To view a map you can go to www.mapquest.com and type Spokane, WA, US. On I90 locate Exit 282 and follow above directions to view the river access sites.

4. N. South Riverton Avenue Access

 

There are several spots along this road that give access to the river such as this spot between Mission Ave. and the Railroad bridge across from Mission Park. This is not an aesthetically pleasing spot to launch from, but other than the Upriver Dam Put-In sit it is the easiest place to launch from because there are fewer trees and there is a nice gradual grade to the waters edge. There are no restrooms at this location. Restrictions: Watercraft with motors are not allowed on this section of the river from Park Road (Park Road is about a mile up river from Upriver Dam and slightly up river from Boulder Beach) to Plese Flats Park. Wearing a PDF is required. Directions: In the city of Spokane take Exit 282 (282A if you driving west from Spokane Valley & Coeur d'Alene) off of I90 and proceed North on N. Hamilton St. to the intersection of N. Hamilton St. & E. Mission Ave. Turn right/east onto E. Mission Ave. and proceed down the road a few miles until you reach the bridge that crosses the Spokane River and you will pass Mission Park & public pool facility. After crossing the bridge immediately right/south onto N. South Riverton Ave. Stay right; if you go straight you will drive onto N. Helena St. and move away from the river. A short distance down N. South Riverton Ave. before the railroad tracks on your left you will see a un-maintained open area. You will have to park along the road since there is no parking lot there. Maps: To view a map click on the following link www.mapquest.com and type Spokane, WA, US. On I90 locate Exit 282 and follow above directions to view the river access sites.

 

5. SIRTI Access

(Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute)

 

This access is ONLY accessible to kayaks and canoes. No swimming or wading allowed. Wearing your PFD is required.

 

If you find the Old Spokane River Launch too busy, the SIRTI access site just down the road is an ok alternative. The launch site is steep and a short distance from the green designated parking lot. Extreme caution MUST be followed when launching or retrieving from this site during swift water times of the year and due to its closeness to the Upper Falls Dam. It MUST NEVER be accessed during spring run off. The official no boating and water/river access area is between Division Street bridge and Monroe Street Dam. Anyone who accesses this area will be arrested for endangering him/herself and those that will have to rescue him/her. Restrictions: Watercraft with motors are not allowed on this section of the river from Park Road (Park Road is about a mile up river from Upriver Dam and slightly up river from Boulder Beach) to Plese Flats Park. Wearing a PDF is required. Parking info: The parking lot is large and on the southwest side of the SIRTI building. If you park here during the week you will receive a ticket and possibly get towed. During the weekend you could get a ticket but kayakers tell me the parking lot is not enforced during the weekend. To avoid a possible ticket unload your kayak and then drive to a lot where you can legally park (make sure not to leave your kayak unattended or it WILL be stolen). Directions: In the city of Spokane take Exit 281 (Division Street Exit) off of I90 and proceed North on S. Division Street. S. Division St. turns to N. Division St. when you get to downtown Spokane. On N. Division St. Just before the bridge that crosses the Spokane River you can turn right/east on either E. Spokane Falls Blvd. or E. Olive Ave. Turn left onto E. Riverpoint Blvd. Follow this road Until you see the SIRTI building (sign/letter is placed high near the top of the building and can be hard to see) to your right/southwest and a GREEN designated parking lot. Drive into this lot and proceed to the northeast corner next to the SIRTI building, this is the place. SEE PARKING INSTRUCTIONS ABOVE! Maps: To view a map click on the following link www.mapquest.com and type Spokane, WA, US. On I90 locate Exit 281 and follow above directions to view the river access site.

6. Old Spokane River Launch

 

This launch is in front of Riverpoint Village Condominiums (ONLY accessible to kayaks and canoes). No swimming or wading allowed. Wearing your PFD is required. This is the closest access site to the Upper Falls Dam and River Side State Park. Extreme caution must be used when launching or retrieving from this site during swift water times of the year (due to its close proximity to the Upper Falls Dam). It MUST NEVER be accessed during spring run off. The official no boating and water/river access area is between Division Street bridge and Monroe Street Dam. Anyone who accesses this area will be arrested for endangering him/herself and those that will have to rescue him/her. This site is the original location of an old boat launch before this area was developed; in the old days people would launch their power boats here. Restrictions: Watercraft with motors are not allowed on this section of the river from Park Road (Park Road is about a mile up river from Upriver Dam and slightly up river from Boulder Beach) to Plese Flats Park. Wearing a PDF is required. Parking info: This site can only be accessed via the Washington State University (WSU) yellow designated parking lot across from the WSU Library building and next to the Riverpoint Village Condominiums via the Centennial Trail. The site to launch from is directly in front of the Riverpoint Village condominiums off of the Centennial trail. The land is owned by the city and not by the condo owners. The area around the launch site is shallow, particularly during July and late summer. The river channel during the low water times of the year is approximately 5 feet deep near the middle of the river. The parking lot is large. If you park there during the week when college is in session you will receive a ticket and possibly get towed. During the weekend you could get a ticket but kayakers tell me the parking lot is not enforced during the weekend. To avoid a possible ticket unload your kayak and then drive to a lot where you can legally park (make sure not to leave your kayak unattended when moving your vehicle to park or your kayak WILL probably be stolen). Directions: In the city of Spokane take Exit 281 (Division Street Exit) off of I90 and proceed North on S. Division Street. S. Division St. turns to N. Division St. when you get to downtown Spokane. On N. Division St. just before the bridge that crosses the Spokane River, you can turn right/east on either E. Spokane Falls Blvd. or E. Olive Ave. Turn left onto E. Riverpoint Blvd. Follow this road until you see the WSU Library to your right/south and a YELLOW designated parking lot. Drive into this lot and proceed to the northeast corner next to the Riverpoint Village Condominiums and Centennial Trail; this is the place. SEE PARKING INSTRUCTIONS ABOVE! Maps: To view a map click on the following link www.mapquest.com and type Spokane, WA, US. On I90 locate Exit 281 and follow above directions to view the river access site.

 

 RIVER GORGE - From Monroe Street Dam to Nine Mile Falls Dam

This section of the river, (particularly the Great Spokane River Gorge within Riverside State Park), is arguably the most beautiful section of the river. This section also has the highest rated white water on the Spokane River of Classes III & IV. The section of the river from TJ Menach Bridge and Plese Flats Launch is not for the faint hearted and should only be ran by Advanced to Expert boaters. Riverside State State Park encompasses much of the white water section of this river. Fishing on this section of the river is excellent but not always easy to access and with Class III and IV is not suited for drift boats. However below Plese Flats there is calmer water and motors are allowed from this primitive launch to the dam; this is the only section of this part of the river where motors are allowed. Nine Mile Dam backs up the waters of the Spokane River to Plese Flats Launch. The reservoir is great for all types of boating, during the summer when the river flow is near non-existent one could sail on this reservoir. There are some private homes on Nine Mile Reservoir with docks and power boats. Blow is a list of access points to this section of the river. Restrictions: Watercraft with motors are not allowed on this section of the river from Park Road (Park Road is about a mile up river from Upriver Dam and slightly up river from Boulder Beach) to Plese Flats Park. Wearing a PDF is required. Click here for Spokane River water levels  www.avistautilities.com/environment/ourpart/recreation   UP

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Nine Mile Reservoir - Kayaks

 

Nine Mile Reservoir is created by the Nine Mile Dam, constructed in 1925. The Reservoir is a popular area for touring kayaks and canoes due the lack of rapids and typically slower moving water. One could potentially sail safely on the reservoir by mid summer to early spring when there is little or no water going over the falls (little or no current). Of course this area is also popular for fishing. Between the dam and N. Seven Mile Rd. bridge is where the river turns into a reservoir with lake conditions, but the water moves swiftly during most of the year. There are some private docks and rocky areas on the reservoir to watch out for, but other than these obstructions, its a nice area to boat and fish from. Info: Visit the River Side State Park website for info about kayaking, rentals, and camping, etc. - www.riversidestatepark.org and river flow information at www.avistautilities.com/environment/ourpart/recreation

1. Pleasant Valley River - Walk (Park)

 

You can access the river from directly under Monroe Street Bridge.
This park runs along the Spokane river but is not well known. Due to the low visibility of this park its known for sometimes attracting homeless people, etc. On W. Water Ave. you will see an old playground under the Monroe Street Bridge. There is a paved path to the river past the old playground. It's best to access the river downstream of the river pylons. There are picnic tables, but no restroom.
Restrictions: Watercraft with motors are not allowed on this section of the river from Park Road (Park Road is about a mile up river from Upriver Dam and slightly up river from Boulder Beach) to Plese Flats Park. Wearing a PDF is required. Directions: In the city of Spokane take Exit 280 A or B (Lincoln St. Exit) depending on the directions you are driving. Turn slightly right onto S. Lincoln St. Turn left on to W. Main Ave. Turn slightly right to stay on W. Main Ave. Turn right onto N. Cedar St. Turn left on to W. Water Ave. River access site/park is under the Monroe Street Bridge. Maps: To view a map click on the following link  www.mapquest.com and type Spokane, WA, US. On I90 locate Exit 280 and follow above directions to view the river access sites or use the address of [1400-1699] W. Water Ave. Spokane WA. 99201.

 

2. Water Street Launch

Also known as Water Street & Ash Launch

 

This launch site stays level all the way to the rivers edge. However it can become busy during the summer so for a calmer, less occupied launch, the Pleasant Valley river walk Park is an alternative. There is no restroom or any other service at the Water Street Launch. Water Street Launch also has a gate to block trailer launching. Next to the gate there is a short trail to the river that is used for non-trailer launching. Parking is limited so it is best to come early if your are looking to park next to the trail. Restrictions: Watercraft with motors are not allowed on this section of the river from Park Road (Park Road is about a mile up river from Upriver Dam and slightly up river from Boulder Beach) to Plese Flats Park. Wearing a PDF is required. Directions: In the city of Spokane take Exit 280 A or B (Lincoln St. Exit) depending on the directions you are driving. Turn slightly right onto S. Lincoln St. Turn left on to W. Main Ave. Turn slightly right to stay on W. Main Ave. Turn right onto N. Cedar St. Turn left on to W. Water Ave. River access site/park is at the very end of W. Water Ave. Maps: To view a map click on the following link www.mapquest.com and type Spokane, WA. On I90 locate Exit 280 and follow above directions to view the river access sites or use the address of [1400-1699] W. Water Ave. Spokane WA. 99201.

 

3. Sandifur Bridge Park & River Access

 

This site is part of the Spokane Centennial Trail system and happens to be a popular fishing spot as well. From the parking lot the path west of the trail bridge can be used to portage a craft from the parking lot to the water. This area is located next to Highbridge Park & Hangman Creek. Restrictions: Watercraft with motors are not allowed on this section of the river from Park Road (Park Road is about a mile up river from Upriver Dam and slightly up river from Boulder Beach) to Plese Flats Park. Wearing a PDF is required. Directions: In the city of Spokane, WA. take the I-90 exit heading eastbound. Take Exit 280 (Maple St) and turn left onto Walnut; From I-90 Westbound, take Exit 280 (Maple St) and turn right onto Walnut ; Proceed north to W. 2nd Ave. Turn left onto W. 2nd Ave.; get in the far right lane and stay in it to the cross street of S. Oak St. (2nd Ave. starts to veer left at the Rosauers store and turns into Sunset Blvd….don’t veer left, go straight thru neighborhood area) Turn right on S. Oak St. to W. Riverside Ave. Turn left on W. Riverside Ave., down hill and before the bridge, then turn right onto on W. Clarke Ave. Immediately on this road you will see a large gravel parking lot, this is the place. Maps: To view a map click on the following link www.mapquest.com and type Spokane, WA, US. On I90 locate Exit 280 and follow above directions to view the park.

4. Highbridge Park & Hangman Creek (also known as Latah Creek in the Spokane area) Access

 

Hangman Creek (also known as Latah Creek in the Spokane area) runs along Highbridge Park and into the Spokane River. In the early summertime this is a nice river to paddle from, but later as the summer progresses the water lowers and is too shallow to paddle. Regardless of where you access the creek from, to get to the creek from this park you will have to negotiate a steep bank. To remove your craft from the water, at the end of the creek there is a gravel trail that leads to the Sandifur Bridge parking lot. Some people choose to float this creek in place of the Spokane River because the water is easier to float as opposed to the sometimes rough water areas on the Spokane river. Directions: In the city of Spokane, WA. US take the following Exit. From I-90 Eastbound – Take Exit 280 (Maple St) and turn left onto Walnut; From I-90 Westbound – Take Exit 280 (Maple St) and turn right onto Walnut ; Proceed north to W. 2nd Ave. Turn left onto W. 2nd Ave., get in the far right lane and stay in it to the cross street of S. Oak St. (2nd Ave. starts to veer left at the Rosauers store and turns into Sunset Blvd….don’t veer left, go straight thru neighborhood area) Take right on S. Oak St. to W. Riverside Ave. Turn left on W. Riverside Ave., down hill and after bridge, then turn left on dirt road into Highbridge Park (you see the park sign). Maps: To view a map click on the following link www.mapquest.com and type Spokane, WA, US. On I90 locate Exit 280 and follow above directions to view the park.

 

5. Pettet Drive River Access

 

Some people will choose to take their crafts and depart or arrive at this location but this is not a popular site due to all of the many low hanging branches. Some fishermen however, claim that fish will hideout near the trees along this site. There is a preferred access point just a short distance further down the river located right after the TJ Menach Bridge (see in the next section). There is a parking lot at this site because it is near the Centennial Trail System but no bathrooms. Restrictions: Watercraft with motors are not allowed on this section of the river from Park Road (Park Road is about a mile up river from Upriver Dam and slightly up river from Boulder Beach) to Plese Flats Park. Wearing a PDF is required. Directions: In the city of Spokane, WA. (from I-90 Eastbound) take Exit 280 (Maple St) and turn left onto Walnut; From I-90 Westbound, take Exit 280 (Maple St) and turn right onto S. Walnut St. Turn slightly left onto Maple Street Bridge. Stay straight to go onto N. Maple St. Turn Left onto W. Northwest Blvd. Turn sharp Left onto N. TJ Meenach Dr. Before the bridge at the bottom of the hill at the Spokane River turn right onto the off ramp. Turn left onto W Downriver Dr./N. Pettet Dr. and pass under the bridge. Immediately to your right you will see a parking lot to your destination. Maps: To view a map click on the following link www.mapquest.com  and type Spokane, WA, US. On I90 locate Exit 280 and follow above directions to view the parking area/river access. Or you can type in 3410 W Fort George Wright, Spokane, WA 99224-5204. This address is across the bridge/river from this river access site/park.

 

6. TJ Menach Bridge / Pettet Drive

 

This is one of the preferred locations used along the Spokane River for put-in and take-out. White water kayakers that desire to access water at the Bowl & Pitcher will launch at TJ Menach Bridge, Pettet Drive, or at The Wall. Down river there is class IV white water. Because of this no one should use this launch without being an expert level white water kayaker/rafter. At this site there is paved parking, restrooms, a picnic area, and a wide kayak/raft launch area. The Centennial Trail system also runs past this site. Restrictions: Watercraft with motors are not allowed on this section of the river from Park Road (Park Road is about a mile up river from Upriver Dam and slightly up river from Boulder Beach) to Plese Flats Park. Wearing a PDF is required. Directions: In the city of Spokane, WA., from I-90 Eastbound, take Exit 280 (Maple St) and turn left onto Walnut; From I-90 Westbound, take Exit 280 (Maple St) and turn right onto S. Walnut St. Turn slightly left onto Maple Street Bridge. Stay straight to go onto N. Maple St. Turn Left onto W. Northwest Blvd. Turn sharp Left onto N. TJ Meenach Dr. Before the bridge at the bottom of the hill at the Spokane River turn right onto the off ramp. Turn right onto W Downriver Dr./N. Pettet Dr. Just up the road on the left you will see a park next to the river; this is the place. Maps: To view a map click on the following link www.mapquest.com and type Spokane, WA. On I90 locate Exit 280 and follow above directions to view the parking area/river access. Or 3410 W Fort George Wright, Spokane, WA 99224-5204. This address is across the bridge/river from this river access site/park.

7. The Wall Access & Downriver Disc Golf Course Park

 

"The Wall" is the name the local kayakers give this particular river access point related to the 2 foot tall man-made brick fence and 10 foot tall brick tower wall structure at this access site. On one end of the fence is a sign that says "Aubrey L. White Parkway." Across the street from this sign is a sign that says "Riverside State Park Recreation Area." Past these signs and on the right there are several places to park. From the parking area you will walk down a hill to the rivers edge. If the bank is steep just walk down river a ways and you will find a gradual grade area to access the river from. If you are float tubing from up river this is the place to take out before hitting the white water area of the river. The gradual area the kayaks launch from may not be a good place for those that are float tubing to take out from because the water moves  swiftly; so taking tubes out at the steep bank may be better before hitting swift water. Officially this site is called the Downriver Disc Golf Course Park. Restrictions: Watercraft with motors are not allowed on this section of the river from Park Road (Park Road is about a mile up river from Upriver Dam and slightly up river from Boulder Beach) to Plese Flats Park. Wearing a PDF is required. Directions: In the city of Spokane, WA. and from I-90 Eastbound, take Exit 280 (Maple St) and turn left onto Walnut; From I-90 Westbound take Exit 280 (Maple St) and turn right onto S. Walnut St.; Turn slightly left onto Maple Street Bridge. Stay straight to go onto N. Maple St. Turn left onto W. Northwest Blvd. Turn sharp left onto N. TJ Meenach Dr. Before the bridge at the bottom of the hill at the Spokane River turn right onto the off ramp. Turn right onto W Downriver Dr. On this road you will come to where the road splits. Stay to the left onto N. Aubrey L. White Parkway. When on this road pass the park sign, brick fence, and wall tower. Drive a short distance and park along the road. This is the place. Maps: To view a map click on the following link www.mapquest.com and type Spokane, WA, US. On I90 locate Exit 280 and follow the above directions to view the parking area/river access. Or type in 3410 W Fort George Wright, Spokane, WA 99224-5204. This address is across the bridge/river from TJ Meenach Park.

 

8. Wastewater Treatment Plant

 

This is a site you can either put in, or take out at. The shoreline is covered in rocks and boulders but is still a good location to boat and fish from. There is a small parking lot next to the northwest gate of the wastewater treatment plant. You will have to portage a few hundred feet down a trail in a wooded area to the the rivers edge. It's a beautiful place. There are no restrooms or running water. Restrictions: Watercraft with motors are not allowed on this section of the river from Park Road (Park Road is about a mile up river from Upriver Dam and slightly up river from Boulder Beach) to Plese Flats Park. Wearing a PDF is required. Directions: In the city of Spokane, WA. US, from I-90 Eastbound, take Exit 280 (Maple St) and turn left onto Walnut. From I-90 Westbound, take Exit 280 (Maple St) and turn right onto S. Walnut St. Turn slightly left onto Maple Street Bridge. Stay straight to go onto N. Maple St. Turn Left onto W. Northwest Blvd. Turn sharp Left onto N. TJ Meenach Dr. Before the bridge at the bottom of the hill at the Spokane River turn right onto the off ramp. Turn right onto W Downriver Dr. Travel down this road a few miles and you come to the Spokane Wastewater Treatment Plant. Just after you pass the plant you will see a gravel road on the left. Drive down this short gravel road to the small parking area where you will find a short trail to the river. Maps: To view a map click on the following link www.mapquest.com and type Spokane, WA, US. On I90 locate Exit 280 and follow above directions to view the parking area/river access. Or 3410 W Fort George Wright, Spokane, WA 99224-5204. This address is across the bridge/river from TJ Meenach Park.

 

9. Informal Take-Out

 

Just before Plese Flats Park and after the side road of W. Rifle Club Rd. there is an informal take-out used by some of the local kayakers to allow them to get off the river a little sooner after the white water or keep them from having to use the more busy Plese Flats Park. Parking is limited at this site so if you have to park along the road watch out for cyclists and motor vehicles. Attention must be paid to signs that limit or prohibit parking within Riverside State Park. Restrictions: Watercraft with motors are not allowed on the section of the river from Plante's Ferry Park to Plese Flats Park. Wearing a PDF is required. Directions: In the city of Spokane, WA. US, from I-90 Eastbound, take Exit 280 (Maple St) and turn left onto Walnut; From I-90 Westbound, take Exit 280 (Maple St) and turn right onto S. Walnut St. Turn slightly left onto Maple Street Bridge. Stay straight to go onto N. Maple St. Turn left onto W. Northwest Blvd. Turn sharp left onto N. TJ Meenach Dr. Before the bridge at the bottom of the hill at the Spokane River turn right onto the off ramp. Turn right onto W Downriver Dr. On this road you will pass the Waste Water Treatment Plant, Park Headcounters/Visitor Center, and W. Rifle Club Rd (if you get to Plese Flats Park you have gone too far). You will see a short loop paved road which quickly exits then re-enters the road. This is the place.  Maps: To view a map click on the following link www.mapquest.com and type in Spokane, WA, US. On I90 locate Exit 280 and follow above directions to view the parking area/river access. Or type in 3410 W Fort George Wright, Spokane, WA 99224-5204. This address is across the bridge/river from TJ Meenach Park.

 

10. Plese Flats Launch & Park

 

This is the main take-out site for navigating the Bowl & Pitcher white water area, and a put in site for touring kayaks headed towards Nine Mile Dam. There are restrooms, grassy picnic areas, paved parking, and a large easily accessed launch for non-motorized craft. Short posts block trailer launching. This is by far the nicest water access park along this section of the river. The Centennial Trail runs past the park. Restrictions: Watercraft with motors are not allowed on this section of the river from Park Road (Park Road is about a mile up river from Upriver Dam and slightly up river from Boulder Beach) to Plese Flats Park. Wearing a PDF is required. Directions: In the city of Spokane, WA., from I-90 Eastbound, take Exit 280 (Maple St) and turn left onto Walnut. From I-90 Westbound, take Exit 280 (Maple St) and turn right onto S. Walnut St. Turn slightly left onto Maple Street Bridge. Stay straight to go onto N. Maple St. Turn left onto W. Northwest Blvd. Turn sharp left onto N. TJ Meenach Dr. Before the bridge at the bottom of the hill at the Spokane River turn right onto the off ramp. Turn right onto W Downriver Dr. Travel down this road past the Wastewater Treatment Plant and after a few more miles you will come to Plese Flats Park. Maps: To view a map click on the following link www.mapquest.com and type in Spokane, WA. On I90 locate Exit 280 and follow the above directions to view the parking area/river access. Or type in 3410 W Fort George Wright, Spokane, WA 99224-5204. This address is across the bridge/river from TJ Meenach Park.

11. Nine Mile Dam Reservoir Informal Take-Out

 

This launch site is a bit of a mystery to most people in the area even though at Plese Flats Park there is a sign indicating this is a kayak take out site. Avista has plans to develop this site with a parking lot and access trail for non-motorized craft. Currently one can launch a kayak or small sailboat from this site. There is limited parking along the road and a Centennial Trail parking lot just a mile up the road from this site with restrooms. Please park at the Centennial parking lot so as not to irritate the officials at the dam. It is about a mile walk from the parking lot to the reservoir access site. There are restrooms at the Centennial Trail parking lot.  Caution  must be applied when launching and retrieving from this site due to it's close proximity to the Dam. DO NOT LAUNCH OR RETRIEVE from this site during spring run off or when there are fast/strong currents. Directions: In the city of Spokane, WA., from I-90 Eastbound, take Exit 280 (Maple St) and turn left onto Walnut. From I-90 Westbound, take Exit 280 (Maple St) and turn right onto S. Walnut St. Turn slightly left onto Maple Street Bridge. Stay straight to go onto N. Maple St. Turn left onto W. Northwest Blvd. Turn right onto N. Cochran St. This street (N. Cochran St). becomes N. Driscoll Blvd. Turn slightly left onto N. Nine Mile Rd. Turn left onto W. Charles Rd. Turn left onto W. Carlson Rd. On your left you will see a short dirt road next to the reservoir just before the road starts up a hill. Up this road up the hill are the Centennial Trail parking lot and restrooms. Maps: To view a map click on the following link www.mapquest.com and type Spokane, WA. On I90 locate Exit 280 and follow above directions to view the parking area/river access. Or type in 9711 W. Charles Road, Nine Mile Falls, WA 99026.

 

 

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LAKE SPOKANE - Lake Spokane 5020 acres (long Lake), From Nine Mile Dam to Lake Spokane Dam

Lake Spokane (also known as Long Lake) is a 25-mile reservoir, running between Nine Mile Falls Dam and Lake Spokane Dam to the west. The reservoir called Lake Spokane is created by Spokane Dam (also known as Long Lake Dam). It was constructed in 1915 and holds the elevation of the lake throughout the summer months,  but is drawn down in January. Lake Spokane is open year-round. On the lake are several resorts and a DNR camp and boat launch site off Nine Mile

Falls road. This is a great boating lake for all types of water sports, but caution should be taken along the shore of this lake due to old  stumps (mostly on the east end of the lake) and out in the lake where logs can be floating (particularly in the spring). This lake is also great for sailing due to the wind that funnels down the lake. At times though, the winds can swirl off the canyon walls; otherwise the sailing conditions aren't bad. Using larger boats on this lake with deep drafts is best 

Lake Spokane & Dam

suited near the Dam due to the deeper depths and suitable launch. Fishing: The lake supports populations of rainbow trout, northern pike, minnow, and bridgelip suckers., as well as several non-native species. It supported several species of salmon until 1915 when the construction of Long Lake Dam (known today as Lake Spokane Dam - created by Washington Water Power) blocked upstream passage. Directions: To Access the lake via the various access points/launches see the info we supplied below. Maps: To view a map click on the following link www.mapquest.com and type in Long Lake, WA. then select number #1 to see the correct lake. Info: River Side State Park info can be found at http://www.riversidestatepark.org/  Click here for Spokane River water levels - www.avistautilities.com/environment/ourpart/recreation   UP

1. Lake Spokane Boat Launch

 

This is a popular launch for fishermen wanting to fish near the dam and the confluence of the Little Spokane River. This part of the river reservoir is narrow and shallow. Water levels vary greatly in this area due to the shallow nature of this part of the river/reservoir and adjustments made to the water level at Lake Spokane Dam. There tends to be a lot of wildlife in this area, particularly Moose and water foul. Directions: At the East end of the lake take the road leading northward from Highway 291 (Nine Mile Road) just south of the Little Spokane River Bridge, past a few houses to the boat launch. Just before the paved launch there is an informal take-out-site for non-motorized craft from the Little Spokane River. After this site just a short distance is the paved launch into the Lake Spokane/Spokane River. It has a dock, and a concrete ramp, with space to park dozens of vehicles and trailers. A vault restroom is located nearby.  Caution!  The above picture shows how shallow this launch is and just above the dock (down river) in the background of this picture you can barely see 25 tree stumps that are exposed during low water but then during high water are just under the surface of the water. During high water these stumps are underwater which is not such a big deal for kayaks but is a big deal for powerboat props. There are also rocky sandbars in this area. In a power boat it is best to leave this launch and go straight across to the opposite side of the river near the river bank to get into the river channel and then head down river to avoid the stumps. Follow the buoys to stay in the channel, but be aware that the buoys do not always stay where they belong, and the hazards are constantly changing. There is a fee of $5 to use the launch.  No wake is allowed between Nine Mile Dam and the confluence of the Little Spokane River just down river of this launch. Use the Nine Mile Resort Launch as an alternative if you feel you need more depth to launch. Directions: In the city of Spokane, WA., from I-90 Eastbound, take Exit 280 (Maple St) and turn left onto Walnut; From I-90 Westbound – Take Exit 280 (Maple St) and turn right onto S. Walnut St.; Turn slightly left onto Maple Street Bridge. Stay straight to go onto N. Maple St. Turn left onto W. Northwest Blvd. Turn right onto N. Cochran St. N. Cochran St. becomes N. Driscoll Blvd. Turn slightly left onto N. Nine Mile Rd./HWY 291. Turn left onto N. Shoemaker Ln. Follow this road a short distance to the boat launch and park. Maps: To view a map click on the following link www.mapquest.com and type Spokane, WA. On I90 locate Exit 280 and follow above directions to view the launch & parking.

 

2. Nine Mile Resort

 

This park is owned and managed by the Department of Natural Resources. It has a paved boat launch with dock, swimming beach, and 12 campsites. It's a nice alternative to the launch (Lake Spokane Boat Launch) just up river of this site, which is too shallow for skis or deeper draft boats. Directions: In the city of Spokane, WA., from I-90 Eastbound, take Exit 280 (Maple St) and turn left onto Walnut; From I-90 Westbound, take Exit 280 (Maple St) and turn right onto S. Walnut St. Turn slightly left onto Maple Street Bridge. Stay straight to go onto N. Maple St. Turn left onto W. Northwest Blvd. Turn right onto N. Cochran St. N. Cochran St. becomes N. Driscoll Blvd. Turn left onto N. Nine Mile Rd. Turn left onto W. Charles Rd. Up this road a couple miles you will see a sign to the park on you left. Maps: To view a map click on the following link www.mapquest.com and type Spokane, WA. On I90 locate Exit 280 and follow above directions to view the parking area/river access. 9711 W. Charles Road, Nine Mile Falls, WA 99026 is the address of the Nine Mile Falls Dam. The resort park is just a short distance past the dam.

 

3. Tumtum Lake Access Point

 

There is no longer access to the reservoir from the city of Tumtums resort anymore, but just west of this town there is a site next to the road where one can portage over the bank into the water. No camping is allow at this site but fishing from the bank or launching over the bank is legal. Do not attempt to back a boat trailer over the bank; you will get stuck and if caught will get a ticket, too. Directions: In the city of Spokane, WA., from I-90 Eastbound, take Exit 280 (Maple St) and turn left onto Walnut. From I-90 Westbound, take Exit 280 (Maple St) and turn right onto S. Walnut St.; Turn slightly left onto Maple Street Bridge. Stay straight to go onto N. Maple St. Turn left onto W. Northwest Blvd. Turn right onto N. Cochran St. N. Cochran St. becomes N. Driscoll Blvd. Turn slightly left onto N. Nine Mile Rd. Nine Mile Rd. becomes HWY 291. Follow this Highway through the city of Tumtum to the river/reservoir access site. This access site has two wide gravel parking areas on the left side of the river/reservoir as shown in the picture. Maps: To view a map click on the following link www.mapquest.com and type Spokane, WA. On I90 locate Exit 280 and follow above directions to view the launch & parking.

 

4. DNR Lake Spokane Campground and Boat Launch

 

This is the only paved launch on the west end of the lake and is well suited for deeper draft boats such as keelboats. This park has campsites and RV sites, restrooms, swimming area, lots of parking, and picnic areas. Go to www.dnr.wa.gov for current park usage rates. This area of the lake is well suited for sailing and water skiing. Directions: In the city of Spokane, WA., from I-90 Eastbound, take Exit 280 (Maple St) and turn left onto Walnut. From I-90 Westbound, take Exit 280 (Maple St) and turn right onto S. Walnut St.. Turn slightly left onto Maple Street Bridge. Stay straight to go onto N. Maple St. Turn left onto W. Northwest Blvd. Turn right onto N. Cochran St. N. Cochran St. becomes N. Driscoll Blvd. Turn slightly left onto N. Nine Mile Rd. Nine Mile Rd. becomes HWY 291. Follow this Highway through the city of Tumtum toward HWY 231. There is a large Department of Natural Resource sign indicating Lake Spokane Campground. Maps: To view a map click on the following link www.mapquest.com and type Spokane, WA. On I90 locate Exit 280 and follow the above directions to view the launch & park.

5. Avista Access

 

To access this site there is a small parking area with no restrooms next the HWY 291. It is about a 2 mile hike down a wide gravel road to the reservoir. One will need a dolly to portage a kayak or canoe down the road or strong arms and back to get to the reservoir. There is about a 7% grade on the gravel road for several hundred feet to the waters edge. Once at the waters edge there is a picnic area and double bay like area with beaches, and a small gravel point that extends into the reservoir. No camping or fires are allowed. Directions: In the city of Spokane, WA., from I-90 Eastbound, take Exit 280 (Maple St) and turn left onto Walnut. From I-90 Westbound, take Exit 280 (Maple St) and turn right onto S. Walnut St. Turn slightly left onto Maple Street Bridge. Stay straight to go onto N. Maple St. Turn left onto W. Northwest Blvd. Turn right onto N. Cochran St. N. Cochran St. becomes N. Driscoll Blvd. Turn slightly left onto N. Nine Mile Rd. Nine Mile Rd. becomes HWY 291. Follow this Highway through the city of Tumtum almost to HWY 231. There is an Avista gravel parking lot on the left side of the road. On the right side of the road you will pass Chamokane St. which is almost across the road from this site and a good indicator that you are about there. Maps: To view a map click on the following link www.mapquest.com and type Spokane, WA. On I90 locate Exit 280 and follow the above directions to view the launch & parking.

O. Lake Spokane/Long Lake Dam Avista Overlook

 

This is a beautiful overlook to view the dam. Looking eastward one can see Lake Spokane; looking southwest one can see the Spokane River below the dam. This site is not accessible to wheelchairs due to the steps to the viewing area. There are no restrooms or running water at this site, or access to the river. Directions: In the city of Spokane, WA., from I-90 Eastbound, take Exit 280 (Maple St) and turn left onto Walnut. From I-90 Westbound, take Exit 280 (Maple St) and turn right onto S. Walnut St. Turn slightly left onto Maple Street Bridge. Stay straight to go onto N. Maple St. Turn left onto W. Northwest Blvd. Turn right onto N. Cochran St. N. Cochran St. becomes N. Driscoll Blvd. Turn slight left onto N. Nine Mile Rd. Nine Mile Rd. becomes HWY 291. Follow this Highway through the city of Tumtum almost to HWY 231 and you will come to the Avista Dam overlook. Maps: To view a map click on the following link www.mapquest.com and type Spokane, WA. On I-90 locate Exit 280 and follow above directions to view the launch & parking.

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LITTLE FALLS RESERVOIR, From Lake Spokane Dam to Little Falls Dam

The section of the river between Lake Spokane Dam and Little Falls Dam is known as the Little Falls Reservoir and is without question the most unknown and remote part of the river. Yet this  5 miles section of the river has a great white water section as well as a nice reservoir section with unique rock formations. There is actually a lot to enjoy on this section of the river and because it's not highly known, it is a section of the river that is not highly populated with swimmers and boaters. This is an area that is also a secret fishing area that many do not know about (the

secrets out now). Before the Little Falls Dam was built, and in particular before the Coulee Dam was built, this was the section of the river known for June Hogs, 80+ lb. salmon. The Little Falls Dam was the only dam on the river built with a fish ladder even though the success of the ladder design was only minimally successful. The Coulee Dam was what really killed the natural salmon and steelhead run on the Spokane River.

 

There are two access points on this river as indicated here. If you boat this section of the

river in June you will see an array of wildflowers that only bloom this time of year. There is a lot of wildlife along this river such as Bald Eagles, Osprey, Great Blue Herons, Beaver, Bear, Deer, and a lot of fish variety, etc. There are no formal boat launches on this section of the river. Restrictions: Watercraft with motors are not allowed on this section of the river from the Lake Spokane/Long Lake Dam to the Little Falls Dam. Wearing a PDF is required.   UP

Click here for Spokane River water levels - www.avistautilities.com/environment/ourpart/recreation

ATTENTION - Other than the two access points mentioned here, the rest of this section of the river/reservoir is private land; thus, you must stay off the shore and its few beaches. No motors/wakes are allowed on this section of the river. There are signs near the Long Lake (Lake Spokane) Dam Park that indicate "Keep out, Stay Alive." Kayaks or River Rafts are allowed to launch from the park as indicated by the Sheriffs Department but that is it, no other craft are allowed. Absolutely no swimming is allowed where these signs are posted. Be warned when launching from this park that people fishing here or others may yell at you to not launch your kayak from this park. Kayakers have been launching from this park for many years. To find out about the Spokane Indian Tribes restrictions on this portion of the river contact the tribe at http://www.spokanetribe.com/
 

3. Chamokane Creek Primitive Campground

(Also known as Tshimkian Creek interpreted into English to means "plain of spring")

 

This is a primitive campground near the Little Falls Reservoir, and is actually the only campground in this area. The nearest campground to this one is on Lake Spokane, the DNR campground and launch (click here to learn more about the DNR Campground). This park has no sign indicating its name but you can't miss it as it is next to Chamokane Creek and bridge that crosses this creek. There is also one shelter at this site. There are no restrooms or running water. Long Lake (Lake Spokane) Dam park is about 4 miles from this location with restrooms and running water. Not yet known is the question as to whether or not one can access the reservoir/river via the Chamokane Creek at this park. Stay tuned as this will be explored to see if its possible. There are also several sets of water falls up stream from the campground on this creek that one could hike to. This campground is about 2 miles east of the Little Falls Chamokane Rd Access Site and Little Falls Dam. Directions: In the city of Spokane you can take HWY 291 through Tumtum to HWY 231 then to left/south on this HWY a short distance to the road sign that say Martha Boardman Rd. Or from I90 you can take Exit 277 A or B through Airway Heights on HWY 2 to Reardan. Or from I90 you can take Exit 245 near the city of Sprague and travel north on HWY 231 to Reardan on HWY 231/HWY 2. In Reardan turn east on HWY 231 until you dip into a canon and cross the bridge over the Spokane River. Just a short distance from this bridge to your left/west you will come to the road sign that says Martha Boardman Rd. Follow this road (stay on main gravel road until you get to a small bridge over Chamokane Creek. This is the place. Maps: To view a map click on the following link www.mapquest.com and type Reardan, WA. Then follow above directions from Reardan to view the campground. You should also be able to see the name of the creek on the map.

1. Avista Little Falls Chamokane Rd Access Site

 

This access point is suited well for kayaks, canoes, and small fishing craft. It is best to not boat west of this access point so as not to get near the dam. This is the widest section of this part of the reservoir and is a great place to fish. One can boat up river from this site during mid and late summer when the river flow is slow. One can also take-out here after launching ones kayak or canoe from the Long Lake Dam park. This access point is within the Spokane Indian Reservation and officials from this tribe may stop you to ask what you are doing. You must contact the Spokane Indian Reservation to determine current fishing rules that apply to this section of the river. Contact the tribe at http://www.spokanetribe.com/ Restrictions: Watercraft with motors are not allowed on this section of the river from the Lake Spokane/Long Lake Dam to the Little Falls Dam. Wearing a PDF is required. Directions: In the city of Spokane you can take HWY 291 through Tumtum to HWY 231 then to left/south on the HWY to the park entrance sign. Or from I90 you can take Exit 277 A or B through Airway Heights on HWY 2 to Reardan. Or from I90 you can take Exit 245 near the city of Sprague and travel north on HWY 231 to Reardan on HWY 231/HWY 2. In Reardan turn east on HWY 231 until you get to Long Lake (Lake Spokane) Dam Park. You will descend into a canon where you will turn east on Long Lake Dam Rd. to the park. There will be a sign advertising the park entrance. Maps: To view a map click on www.mapquest.com and type Reardan, WA,. then follow above directions from Reardan to view the river access sites/park.

 

2. Avista Long Lake Dam (Lake Spokane Dam) Park Access

 

There are signs at this parking indicating no swimming or boating of certain crafts at this site. The Sheriff Department and Avista representative indicate that those that kayak, canoe, or raft can launch from this site; but again no swimming, float tubes, or craft that can potentially get swamped can access the river from this site. Avista is planning on improving this site for non-motorized launching. Be advised that some people that do not belong to Avista Utilities or the Sheriff Department may yell at you not to launch from this site, but unless they are officials of the before mentions entities they do not have the authority to tell you what you can or can not do. However be aware of Dam river flow warnings, etc. as the river can raise rapidly when the Dam floodgates are opened. Once in the river do not proceed up river closer to the dam as this is not allowed. For river flow info and Avista Dam reports go to link under river map in this section. Directions: In the city of Spokane you can take HWY 291 through Tumtum to HWY 231 then to left/south on this HWY a short distance to the road sign that says Martha Boardman Rd. Or from I-90 you can take Exit 277 A or B through Airway Heights on HWY 2 to Reardan. Or from I-90 you can take Exit 245 near the city of Sprague and travel north on HWY 231 to Reardan on HWY 231/HWY 2. In Reardan turn east on HWY 231 until you dip into a canon and cross the bridge over the Spokane River. Just a short distance from this bridge to your left/west you will come to the road sign that says Martha Boardman Rd. Follow this road (stay on main gravel road) which is also called Little Falls/Chamokane Rd.  until you drive next to the reservoir/river. This is the place. Maps: To view a map click on the following link www.mapquest.com and type Reardan, WA. Then follow above directions from Reardan to view the river access sites.

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LOWER SPOKANE RIVER - From Little Falls Dam to Lake Roosevelt/Columbia R.

Listed in this section are the river access points on the south side of the river, the non-Indian Reservation side of the river/reservoir. This 29 mile section of the river below Little Falls Dam to the Columbia River/Lake Roosevelt is know has the Spokane Arm of Lake Roosevelt. It is a popular camping and boating area primarily for power boats, house boats, and sailors. There is a small white water section of the river below the Little Falls Dam known by some white water kayakers. Below the rapids the river turns into Lake Roosevelt. Several amenities are available here including several paved launches and access points, boat fuel available at McCoy's, and Two Rivers Resort where the Spokane River empties into the Columbia River/Lake Roosevelt. The big draw on this portion of the river is Fort Spokane which includes a visitor center, historic museum, campground, launches, and other facilities. The other attractions are the Two Rivers Casino and Resort. Unfortunately the area has recently been experiencing a 20' Tasmanian wave created by a slide that temporarily damaged Porcupine Bay Launch and docks. Strong winds frequent the area to the liking of sailors and not so much to water skiers. Camping in this area is not only a great experience but also gives you access to Lake Roosevelt with over a 100 miles of navigate-able water. Fishing on this portion of the river is popular. The

Directions: State Road 25 follows along the eastern lakeshore, connecting the north district to the south via Fort Spokane and Porcupine Bay. For detailed directions see sections below.

scenery is also spectacular here due in part to the high mountains. The Grand Coulee Dam creates Lake Roosevelt (reservoir) and the water from this reservoir backs up just 2 miles short of the Little Falls Dam. For reservoir water levels and Grand Coulee Dam information go to http://www.usbr.gov/pn/grandcoulee For info about Lake Roosevelt recreation, camping, etc. and Fort Spokane go to http://www.nps.gov/laro/index.htm or call 509.633.9441. For boating info and regulations visit http://www.nps.gov/laro/planyourvisit/boating.htm   UP

LINCOLN COUNTY - River Access Points

1. Laughbon Landing

 

This little know landing is a perfect place for kayakers and fishermen with small craft to launch from. There is a gate that blocks trailer launching, but this is easy to get around by those portaging their craft to the waters edge. There is a gradual wide bank from the gravel road to the water. This site includes a pebble beach and gravel parking area in front of the gate. There is no restroom and running water. This landing is directly on the opposite side (south) of the reservoir from Blue Creek campground area. One could boat directly north from this landing to this campground. Directions: From I90 near Ritzville WA. take Exit 232 on E. Danekas Rd going west. Turn right onto N Hills Rd; N Hills Rd. becomes Harrington Tokyo Rd. Turn left onto WA-23/E Sherlock St. Turn right onto S 3rd St./WA-23, then right onto S 3rd. ST/WA-23. South 3rd St./WA-23 becomes WA-28. S 3RD ST/WA-23 becomes WA-28; Turn Right onto Morgan St/US-2. Continue to follow US-2;. Turn right onto Morgan St/US-2. Continue to follow US-2;.Turn left onto WA-25. Turn right onto Porcupine Bay Rd. N, Follow this road directly into the park. Maps: To view a map click on the following link www.mapquest.com and type Fort Spokane, WA.

2. Porcupine Bay Campground & Boat Launch

 

Porcupine Campground is a beautiful forested park. Amenities include a double paved launch with large parking area, restrooms, running water, beaches, swim area, day use area, and tent and RV campsites. Great place to boat or fish from or head up river towards

the Little Falls Dam. Directions: From I90 near Ritzville WA. take Exit 232 on E. Danekas Rd going west. Turn right onto N Hills Rd. (N Hills Rd. becomes Harrington Tokyo Rd.). Turn left onto WA-23/E Sherlock St. Turn right onto S 3rd St./WA-23. Turn right onto S 3rd. ST/WA-23. (S 3rd St./WA-23 becomes WA-28, and S 3RD ST/WA-23 becomes WA-28). Turn right onto Morgan St/US-2. Continue to follow US-2. Turn right onto Morgan St/US-2. Continue to follow US-2. Turn left onto WA-25. Turn right onto Porcupine Bay Rd. N. Turn right onto Laughbon Landing Rd. N. Drive to the end of this road. Maps: To view a map click on the following link www.mapquest.com and type Fort Spokane, WA. Then follow the directions.

 

Fort Spokane Campground & Launches - Fort Spokane is a popular camping and boating area. Visit the historic Fort Spokane museum for rich history of this area. Fort Spokane Campground, includes RV & tents sites, boat launch, docks, beautiful beaches, swim area, restrooms, shaded picnic areas, and hiking trails. Across the bridge from this park are the Twin River Casino, marina & launch, motel, store, and RV park. The opposite side of the river from Fort Spokane is the Spokane Indian Reservation. You could boat from this location for weeks and not see all of Lake Roosevelt and the Spokane arm of this reservoir. Directions: From I90 near Ritzville WA. take Exit 232 on E. Danekas Rd going west. Turn right onto N Hills Rd (N Hills Rd. becomes Harrington Tokyo Rd). Turn left onto WA-23/E Sherlock St. Turn right onto S 3rd St./WA-23. Turn right onto S 3rd. ST/WA-23. (S 3rd St./WA-23 becomes WA-28. S 3RD, and ST/WA-23 becomes WA-28). Turn right onto Morgan St/US-2. Continue to follow US-2. Turn right onto Morgan St/US-2. Continue to follow US-2. Turn left onto WA-25. At the sign indicating the boat launch facility (you will see a large parking lot to your left) turn right to go to the boat launch or left to go to the sandy beaches and swim area.  Welcome to Fort Spokane State Park. Maps: To view a map click on www.mapquest.com and type Fort Spokane, WA.  Info: For info about Lake Roosevelt recreation, camping, etc. and Fort Spokane go to http://www.nps.gov/laro/index.htm or call 509.633.9441. For boating info and regulations visit http://www.nps.gov/laro/planyourvisit/boating.htm.

3. Fort Spokane Boat Launch & Docks  

 

3.5. Fort Spokane Boat Beach

 

Highway 25 Spokane River Bridge

Between Fort Spokane State Park & Twin Rivers Resort/Casino

 

4. Detillion, 5. Ponderosa, 6. Crystal Cove (see map above) - All three of these river side campsites are boat in only. NOTICE: If someone tells you Detillion campsite (located just down river from the Fort Spokane Launch/Park) can be accessed via vehicle, they are incorrect. Access to Detillion is blocked by a private ranch. This is a boat in only site.

   

SPOKANE INDIAN RESERVATION / STEVENS COUNTY - River Access Points

The Spokane Indian Reservation has quite a few public river access sites as well as sites available only to the Spokane Indian Reservation members. Listed here are only those sites that are open to the general public. Availability of these sites to the public can vary from year to year based on the Indian Reservations current polices, etc. Visit the Spokane Indian Tribe website at http://www.spokanetribe.com/ to confirm if the site you are interested in is open. Typically all river access sites listed here are open to the public; we take no responsibility if a site is closes without closure indicated here. This 29 mile section of the river from below Little Falls Dam to the Columbia River/Lake Roosevelt is know has the Spokane Arm of Lake Roosevelt. It is a popular camping and boating area primarily for power boats, house boats, and sailors. There is a small white water section of the river below the Little Falls Dam which is known by some white water kayakers. Below the rapids the river turns into part of Lake Roosevelt with several paved launches and access points. Boat fuel is available at either McCoy's Resort or Twin Rivers Resort on the Spokane Indian Reservation. The big draws on the Spokane Indian Reservation along the river are the Twin Rivers Casino and the many sandy beaches at the various public access points. Strong winds frequent the area to the liking of sailors and not so much to water skiers. Camping in this area is a great experience and gives one access to Lake Roosevelt with over 100 miles of navigate-able water. Fishing

on this portion of the river is popular (as is the rest of  the Spokane River). The scenery is spectacular due in part to the high mountains along the river. Info: The Wellpinit School District on the Spokane Indian Tribe reservation has some good info at http://www.wellpinit.wednet.edu/

1. Wynecoop Access

 

Wynecoop Access point is less than 2 miles below the dam. This is the only river access point below the Little Falls Dam before it slows and turns into a reservoir. It has an old paved launch that can be difficult to use because of the mound of dirt and rock in front of it, a truck and trailer with high clearance could access it. Be advised that if you back too far down this ramp it drops off abruptly and you could potentially drop your trailer wheels off it and get stuck. However next to this ramp is a primitive gravel launch that gradually descends into the river and is much better suited for launching. There are no restrooms or running water, and camping is not allowed. The road to this river launch is to the left before the sign on road that says "No Trespassing, This is not a public road. Strictly Enforced." The gravel road nearest the sign is a private drive. Directions: Traveling north or south on HWY 231 when you are near the Spokane River turn left onto Little Falls Rd. E. When this road descends to the Spokane River and you proceed past Little Falls Dam, turn left onto Wynecoop-Cayuse Mtn Rd. Follow this road to where a sign says "No Trespassing, This is not a public road. Strictly Enforced." Turn left on the second gravel road prior to reaching the sign (you can see the sign from the gravel road) and on the other side of the road from the sign. The gravel road nearest the sign and across the street is a private residence road. Maps: To view a map click on the following link www.mapquest.com and type Fort Spokane, WA. Follow the directions to Fort Spokane, then continue on across the river/bridge and continue to follow the directions as indicated above.

2. Blue Creek Access & Bay

 

Blue Creek Campground is posted as a tribal campground only, but many non-tribal members camp here. Contact the Spokane Indian Tribe about the current status of this site for non-tribal members. This location is particularly known as the area that kayaker like to camp at before going up river toward the Little Falls Dam. Porcupine Campground across the river/reservoir is a good alternative campsite but can be very congested during the summer.  This site has only a few shaded locations to camp at unless you drive further up the dirt road and then hike a little into the trees in the gulch. This creek has created one of the few bays on this section of the river/reservoir where one can anchor a boat to get out of the main channel from boats and bad weather. There is a large level grassy area to play sports, Frisbee, etc. on. Restrooms are poorly maintained and are not wheelchair accessible. Be advised that the Blue Creek Rd., which leads down to the river/reservoir, dead ends at the bay area, and does not lead back to the main road as indicated on most maps. Also this road is very steep but less so than the other campground roads in this area. Unfortunately the dirt road has a lot of ruts and loose rocks that make the trip down to the river/reservoir a bit difficult. If you are pulling a trailer it's best to have a vehicle with 4x4 that has the power to go up 6% grades with areas of sand, loose small boulders and rock, and gravel. Directions: From I90 near Ritzville WA. take Exit 232 on E. Danekas Rd going west. Turn right onto N Hills Rd (N Hills Rd. becomes Harrington Tokyo R); Turn Left onto WA-23/E Sherlock St; Turn Right onto S 3rd St./WA-23; Turn Right onto S 3rd (ST/WA-23. S 3rd St./WA-23 becomes WA-28. S 3RD) (ST/WA-23 becomes WA-28); Turn Right onto Morgan St/US-2; Continue to follow US-2; Turn Right onto Morgan St/US-2; Continue to follow US-2; Turn Left onto (HWY) WA-25. Cross the HWY 25 bridge and continue up the hill toward Fruitland & Kettle Falls. Turn right onto Peters Rd. stay on this road until it T's into West-end Rd. Turn right onto West-end Rd. On this road keep an eye out for the wood sign that says Blue Creek Campground (Sign indicates this site is only for tribal members, so again contact the tribe for the current status of this site). As you pass the sign continue on down the road to the river/reservoir. Maps: To view a map click on the following link www.mapquest.com  and type Fort Spokane, WA. Follow the directions to Fort Spokane, then continue on across the river/bridge and continue to follow the directions as indicated above.

 

3. Raccoon Cove & 8. Maggie Shoup's Access

 

4. No Name Access - TBA

 

5. Sand Creek Access

 

All these campgrounds have sandy beaches but none of them have a boat launch. Raccoon Cove is furthest northwest then in succession going southeast is Maggie Shoup's, then No Name, and last Sandy Beach. Raccoon Cove is spot that is most scenic with its rock formations and is nestled in a canon like location. It's also a more popular spot to swim due to the more protected nature of the cove. There is one dock at the No Name campground and a swim dock/platform at Raccoon Cove. At this site there are many spots where one can tent or RV camp. There are shaded and non-shaded camping areas. Restrooms are poorly maintained and are not wheelchair accessible. Be advised that the roads that lead down to the river/reservoir are very steep. If you are pulling a trailer its best to have a vehicle with 4x4 that has the power to go up 6% grades with areas of sand and loose gravel. Directions: From I90 near Ritzville WA. take Exit 232 on E. Danekas Rd going west on this road. Turn Right onto N Hills Rd; N Hills Rd. becomes Harrington Tokyo Rd; Turn Left onto WA-23/E Sherlock St; Turn Right onto S 3rd St./WA-23; Turn Right onto S 3rd; ST/WA-23. S 3rd St./WA-23 becomes WA-28. S 3RD ST/WA-23 becomes WA-28; Turn Right onto Morgan St/US-2; Continue to follow US-2; Turn Right onto Morgan St/US-2; Continue to follow US-2; Turn Left onto (HWY) WA-25. Cross the HWY 25 bridge and continue up the hill toward Fruitland & Kettle Falls. Turn right onto Peters Rd. stay on this road until it T's into West-end Rd. Turn right onto West-end Rd. On this road keep an eye out for the one wood sign that says Campground, Chief Three Mountain, Raccoon Cove, Maggie Shoupe, No Name (Sandy Creek is not on the sign). As you pass the sign and the road curves to the left stay left and continue on down the hill. Raccoon Cove and Maggie Shoup's is on a dirty road to the left has you go down the hill, and No Name and Sandy Creek are further down the dirt road as you pass the dirty road to Raccoon Cove. Maps: To view a map click on the following link www.mapquest.com and type Fort Spokane, WA. US. Then follow the directions to Fort Spokane, then continue on across the river/bridge and continue to follow the directions as indicated above.

 

6. Chief Three Mountains Access

 

6.5 Chief Three Mountains Access

 

This camp area has no launch but does have extensive beautiful sandy beaches. At this site there are many spots where one can tent or RV camp. There are shaded and non-shaded camping areas. Restrooms are poorly maintained and are not wheelchair accessible. Be advised that the roads that lead down to the river/reservoir are very steep. If you are pulling a trailer its best to have a vehicle with 4x4 that has the power to go up 6% grades with areas of sand and loose gravel. Directions: From I90 near Ritzville WA. take Exit 232 on E. Danekas Rd going west. Turn Right onto N Hills Rd (N Hills Rd. becomes Harrington Tokyo Rd); Turn Left onto WA-23/E Sherlock St; Turn Right onto S 3rd St./WA-23; Turn Right onto S 3rd (ST/WA-23. S 3rd St./WA-23 becomes WA-28). (S 3RD ST/WA-23 becomes WA-28); Turn Right onto Morgan St/US-2; Continue to follow US-2; Turn Right onto Morgan St/US-2; Continue to follow US-2; Turn Left onto (HWY) WA-25. Cross the HWY 25 bridge and continue up the hill toward Fruitland & Kettle Falls. Turn right onto Peters Rd. stay on this road until it T's into West-end Rd. Turn right onto West-end Rd. On this road keep an eye out for the one wood sign that says Campgrounds, Hidden Beach, Hole in the Wall, Horeshoe Point, & Spokane River. Maps: To view a map click on the following link www.mapquest.com and type Fort Spokane, WA. US. Then follow the directions to Fort Spokane, then continue on across the river/bridge and continue to follow the directions as indicated above.

7. Spokane River Beach Access

8. Hidden Beach

8.5 Hidden Beach & Dock Access

 

Spokane River Beach Access campground and Hidden Beaches campground are connected from northwest to southeast with one long sandy beach. There is one dock at the southeast end of Hidden Beach. At this site there are many shaded and non-shaded areas where one can tent or RV camp. Restrooms are poorly maintained and are not wheelchair accessible. Be advised that the roads that lead down to the river/reservoir are very steep. If you are pulling a trailer its best to have a vehicle with 4x4 that has the power to go up 6% grades with areas of sand and loose gravel. Directions: From I90 near Ritzville WA. take Exit 232 on E. Danekas Rd heading west. Turn right onto N Hills Rd. North Hills Rd. becomes Harrington Tokyo Rd. Turn left onto WA-23/E Sherlock St. Turn right onto S 3rd St./WA-23. (S 3rd St./WA-23 becomes WA-28.) Turn right onto Morgan St/US-2. Continue to follow US-2. Turn right onto Morgan St/US-2. Continue to follow US-2. Turn left onto (HWY) WA-25. Cross the HWY 25 bridge and continue up the hill toward Fruitland & Kettle Falls. Turn right onto Peters Rd. Stay on this road until it T's into West-end Rd. Turn right onto West-end Rd. On this road keep an eye out for the wood sign that says Campgrounds, Hidden Beach, Hole in the Wall, Horeshoe Point, & Spokane River. Maps: To view a map click on the following link www.mapquest.com and type Fort Spokane, WA., then follow the directions to Fort Spokane. Continue on across the river/bridge and continue to follow the directions as indicated above.

 

9. Cornelius Campground & Launch

 

At Cornelius Campground there is a primitive boat launch suitable for small lightweight power boats, etc. This is the only launch on the Spokane arm of Lake Roosevelt along the Spokane Indian Reservation. At this site there are many spots where one can tent or RV camp. There are both shaded and non-shaded camping areas. Restrooms are poorly maintained and are not wheelchair accessible. There are beautiful sandy beaches ideal sun bathing and other activities. Be advised that the roads that lead down to the river/reservoir are very steep. If you are pulling a trailer its best to have a vehicle with 4x4 that has the power to go up 6% grades with areas of sand and loose gravel. Directions: From I90 near Ritzville WA. take Exit 232 on E. Danekas Rd going west. Turn right onto N Hills Rd; N Hills Rd. becomes Harrington Tokyo Rd. Turn left onto WA-23/E Sherlock St.Turn right onto S 3rd St./WA-23. Turn right onto S 3rd; ST/WA-23. S 3rd St./WA-23 becomes WA-28. S 3RD ST/WA-23 becomes WA-28. Turn right onto Morgan St/US-2. Continue to follow US-2. Turn right onto Morgan St/US-2. Continue to follow US-2. Turn left onto (HWY) WA-25. Cross the HWY 25 bridge and continue up the hill toward Fruitland & Kettle Falls. Turn right onto Peters Rd.. Stay on this road until it T's into West-end Rd. Turn right onto West-end Rd. On this road keep an eye out for the wood Cornelius Campground sign. Maps: To view a map click on the following link www.mapquest.com and type Fort Spokane, WA. US. Follow the directions to Fort Spokane, then continue on across the river/bridge and continue to follow the directions as indicated above.

10. McCoys Resort

 

This seasonal resort on the Spokane Indian Tribe Reservation is open from Memorial Day to Labor day. Besides at Two Rivers Resort this is the only place on the Spokane River portion of Lake Roosevelt with fuel for boats. There is a small store, day use area, and beach. This site has docks, beach, shaded area, restrooms, running water, and picnic area. Directions: From I90 near Ritzville WA. take Exit 232 on E. Danekas Rd going west on this road. Turn Right onto N Hills Rd. N Hills Rd. becomes Harrington Tokyo Rd. Turn left onto WA-23/E Sherlock St. Turn right onto S 3rd St./WA-23. Turn right onto S 3rd (ST/WA-23. S 3rd St./WA-23 becomes WA-28). Turn right onto Morgan St/US-2. Continue to follow US-2. Turn right onto Morgan St/US-2. Continue to follow US-2. Turn left onto (HWY) WA-25. Cross the HWY 25 bridge and continue up the hill toward Fruitland & Kettle Falls. Turn right onto Peters Rd. Stay on this road for almost 5 miles. On the right side of road 631/Mccoy Marina Rd, you will see a wood sign indicating McCoys Resort. This sign is right after the Pierre Point Campground sign (a private water side camp area for tribe members only). Maps: To view a map click on the following link www.mapquest.com and type Fort Spokane, WA. Follow the directions to Fort Spokane, then continue on across the river/bridge and continue to follow the directions as indicated above.

11. Twin Rivers Casino, Resort, Marina, & Launch

11.5. Twin Rivers Resort Beach

 

Two Rivers Casino & Resort on the Spokane Indian Reservation has the only Floating Marina on Lake Roosevelt (the arm of the lake that portion of the Spokane River). With 660 miles of shoreline where the Spokane and Columbia Rivers meet, it's an ideal place for water skiing, wake boarding, boating, sailing, fishing or just lounging on the beach. One million visitors per year can't be wrong. The Resort has 101 RV sites and 32 tent sites with beautiful views of Lake Roosevelt and Spokane River Reservoir. All RV sites are full hook-ups equipped with a barbecue, picnic table, and patio. In addition there are restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, pavilion, day use areas, playgrounds, and dump station. Call 509.722.5500 for more information or send an email to vacations@two-rivers-casino.com for reservation information. Visit their website at http://www.two-rivers-casino.com Directions: From I90 near Ritzville WA. take Exit 232 on E. Danekas Rd going west. Turn right onto N Hills Rd. (N Hills Rd. becomes Harrington Tokyo Rd.). Turn left onto WA-23/E Sherlock St. Turn right onto S 3rd St./WA-23 (S 3rd St./WA-23 becomes WA-28.) Turn right onto Morgan St/US-2. Continue to follow US-2. Turn right onto Morgan St/US-2. Continue to follow US-2. Turn left onto WA-25. Cross the HWY 25 bridge and once across the resort is to your left (easy to see). Maps: To view a map click on the following link www.mapquest.com and type Fort Spokane, WA., then follow the directions for Fort Spokane. Directly across the river/bridge is the resort on the map.

 

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