Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Upriver, Spokane River, Spokane County Washington and Kootenai County, Idaho

UPRIVER - From the Idaho Post Falls Dam to Upriver Dam and 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).

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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 lightweight sailing dinghies such as the 50 lb. Sea/Super Snark. Click here for Spokane River water levels - http://www.avistautilities.com/environment/ourpart/recreation

LAUNCHES, PUT-INS/TAKE-OUTS, AND ACCESS POINTS


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1. Below Posts Falls Dam Put-In, Kayaks/Canoes Only
This put-in is regularly used by white water kayakers. During spring runoff this location can be very dangerous to launch from due to the potential for drastic increases in sudden water flow rates. To access this site one most park in the Falls Park parking lot. Then walk about half a mile on a paved Avista utility access road to a chain link fence, at this fence one turns right and climbs down a steep slick rock area to the put in site. Note that the water at this put in is deep. During the summer you can find people swimming here. Also in mid to late summer just below this put-in site the river can potentially have little water flow resulting in very shallow conditions. Directions: From I90 take Exit 5 in the City of Post Falls and proceed south. After going under the overpass, turn right onto W 4th Ave. Proceed to the end of the road into the parking lot. After unloading you water-craft at the north end of the parking lot you will see a paved single lake road. Walk this road .5 mile to a chain link fence, turn right and walk down the steep unmarked trail to the put-in. Caution this part of the trailer is slick with lost of loose gravel and rocks. At the put-in site the water is deep. Maps: To view a map click on http://www.mapquest.com ; Type in Post Falls Idaho and follow the above directions. A detailed Google map is coming soon. Info: This is a day use park only with rules posted.
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Parking at the park is paved with some accessible parking (no designated trailer parking); PATHS/TRAILS...  The access road which is used by Avista Utility vehicles only from the parking area is paved and level (half mile long), however the trail from the paved road to the put-in is not accessible at all to persons using wheelchairs, etc. The rough trail to the waters edge is about a 10 % grade with loose rocks and gravel, there are large areas of slick rock; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES… One in Falls Park is fully accessible. There is no restroom at the put-in site; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments. DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… No docks. Put-in is next to deep water and fast moving water. Beware of dam sudden water releases; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices;  TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; CAMPING... None; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Nothing unusual; Terrain: Level to no more that 5% slopes on paved roads and trails in Falls Park. As noted trail to Put-in is about 10% grade with loose gravel and rocks, and slick rock; H2O/Water: Water in the river is normally pretty clear. Water temperature in the summer can be around 70 degrees; Environmental Conditions: No issues other than fast moving water and white water; Resources: Food and gas in the town of Post Falls.


2. Trailer Park Wave Access Put-In, Kayaks/Canoes Only


This put-in is the newest on the Spokane River and fairly
unknown. This facility includes a paved parking lot, restroom, overlook, and long trailer to the Spokane River. There are benches to rest on and take in the views. This is a perfect site to launch your kayak/canoe from. As it gives you direct access to the river and its white water. The put-in is

right down river of the point where the two channels of the river meet. Each channel of the river directly comes out of the Post Falls Dam spill ways. If you cross the river to the south portaging up river takes you to a nice rapid and fishing area, go above the rapids and you will find a lake like inlet with slow moving current that is to the south of the spill way. Very beautiful area with cliffs on one side and forest on the other. At the furthest south end of the inlet there is a 3rd small spill ways that seldom has water flowing from it. Directions: From
I90 take Exit 2 at the City limits of Post Falls and proceed south. As you head south away from HWY 90 on S Pleasant View Rd, turn left onto W Riverbend Ave. Proceed to the end of the road where it T's into S McGuire Rd. Turn right onto this road, then turn left almost immediately onto W Cannon Ave. Follow this road to where it T's into W Lundy
Blvd. Turn left on W Lundy Blvd. Go almost to the end of this road where it goes slightly up a small hill, at this point you will see the Trailer Park paved parking lot. After unloading your water-craft, proceed west in the parking lot at which point you will see a narrow gravel trail along a small fence. Take this trail to the put-in. As the trail goes down to the river its about a 5 to 7% grade with loose gravel. The river water is fast and there is lots of white water. Maps: To view a map click on http://www.mapquest.com ; Type in Arundel Trailer Park, Idaho and the park is right at the entrance to this trailer park. A detailed Google map is coming soon. Info: This is a day use park only with rules posted.
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Paved parking area, is level. There is no designated trailer parking, but if you have a trailer one could potentially park along the road; PATHS/TRAILS...  The trail from the parking area is gravel. The trail heads east along a small wood fence, that switch backs down to the river, with a 5 to 7 % grade. If using be advised of loose gravel. One must come with a friend if you are using a wheelchair as it would be difficult to go down or up this trail without assistence; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES… Fully accessible single stall. No running water; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments. DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… No docks. Put-in requires one to step through small to medium sized boulders, some sand, and small rocks. There is a flat area near the waters edge to sit ones water-craft; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices; TRANSFER SYSTEMS...  None; CAMPING... None;  O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Nothing unusual; Terrain: Level to about 7% slopes trail to put-in; H2O/Water: Water in the river is normally pretty clear. Water temperature in the summer can be around 70 degrees; Environmental Conditions: No issues other than fast moving water, and white water; Resources: Food and gas in the town of Post Falls.


3. McGuire Park, Spokane river access point - Kayaks
McGuire Park is about a mile below the Post Falls Dam in Idaho and is the third 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 slower 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 http://www.mapquest.com ; Type in Post Falls Idaho and follow the above directions. Google interactive map coming soon. Info: This is a day use park only with rules posted.
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Gravel parking area, is fairly level. There is no designated trailer parking, but if you have a trailer one could potentially remove if there are not to many vehicles in the parking lot; PATHS/TRAILS...  The trail from the parking area primarily dirt, gravel, pine needles mix. The trail is fairly level but getting rougher as you get to the river. River shore line is small and large boulders; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES… None; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments. DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… No docks. Put-in requires one to step through small to medium sized boulders, some sand, and small rocks. No beach area; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices; TRANSFER SYSTEMS...  None; CAMPING... None;  O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Nothing unusual; Terrain: Fairly level but rough; H2O/Water: Water in the river is normally pretty clear. Water temperature in the summer can be around 70 degrees; Environmental Conditions: No issues other than fast moving water, and white water; Resources: Food and gas in the town of Post Falls.



4. Corbin Park, Spokane river Put-In/Take-Out - 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! However the ramp can be difficult to get to during the summer when cars are blocking off the ramp as there is nothing preventing them from blocking it, such as signage and markings indicating no parking. Also the ramp easily gets covered in sand and small rocks. Once I tried to launch when this debris was on the launch and started to slide down the ramp. So bring a broom and sweep off the launch before trying to trailer launch your watercraft. It is 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 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 the canyon which this section of the river lies.

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 http://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 http://www.postfallsidaho.org
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Gravel parking areas are level to about 3% grade. There are lots of place to park. There is no designated trailer parking, but if you have a trailer one could potentially park along the road in several places; PATHS/TRAILS...  There is one paved walk way that gives some access to picnic areas, but other than that it service no purpose, gives no access to the water or beaches. Also does not connect well with any of the parking areas. So if you are using a wheeled mobility device to get around make sure you can handle lots and lots of gravel and sand; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES… Old but accessible. See previous paragraph about other facilities at this site. There is running water; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments.  DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… No docks. One narrow small paved cement launch at about 5% grade. Bring a broom to brush off the sand and gravel, if you do not your vehicle may slide into the river. There is a sharp drop off at the end of the cement launch pad into the river; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices. Highly recommend not using the launch due to its steep grade with sand that is easy to slide on; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; CAMPING... None;  O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Nothing unusual. Lots of rocks, sand, extreme currents; Terrain: Level to about 7% slopes. Some small cliffs, steep banks, and natural features; H2O/Water: Water in the river is normally pretty clear. Water temperature in the summer can be around 70 degrees. Extreme currents and undertows; Environmental Conditions: Extreme undertows that is dangerous for swimmers. No issues other than fast moving water, and white water, and undertows; Resources: Food and gas in the town of Post Falls.



5. State Line Informal Launch
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 http://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.
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Gravel parking area about 200 ft from launch area. Fairly level. There is no designated trailer parking, but there is room in the gravel parking area for vehicle and trailer; PATHS/TRAILS...  There no paths or trails leading to and from the launch area. The paved bike trail, Centennial Trail crossed the gravel road leading to the launch; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES… None; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments. DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… None; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices; TRANSFER SYSTEMS...  None; CAMPING... None;  O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Nothing unusual; Terrain: Level to about 5% grades to and from launch; H2O/Water: Water in the river is normally pretty clear. Water temperature in the summer can be around 70 degrees. Fast currents with white water up and down river of the launch; Environmental Conditions: No issues other than fast moving water, and white water; Resources: Food and gas in the town of Post Falls.



6. 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 http://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.
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Paved and gravel parking area, is level; PATHS/TRAILS...  No developed trails or paths. Single track primitive trailer to river; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES… Fully accessible at HWY Getaway rest area. Has running water; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments. DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… None; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; CAMPING... None;  O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Nothing unusual; Terrain: Steep banks at river edge; H2O/Water: Water in the river is normally pretty clear. Water temperature in the summer can be around 70 degrees; Environmental Conditions: No issues other than fast moving water, and white water; Resources: Food and gas in the town of Post Falls.



7. 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 wadding from. Not suitable for swimming due to this site is shallow. 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.
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Large gravel parking area, is level. There is space for trailer parking; PATHS/TRAILS...  No designated trailers. Gravel parking lot services as access to launch; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES… Fully accessible single stall. No running water; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments. DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… No docks. Gravel runs to waters edge with small small boulders; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices. With assistance one in a wheelchair could navigate the small boulders and loose gravel get to the water; TRANSFER SYSTEMS...  None; CAMPING... None;  O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Nothing unusual; Terrain: Level to about 3% grade to put-in; H2O/Water: Water in the river is normally pretty clear. Water temperature in the summer can be around 70 degrees; Environmental Conditions: No issues other than fast moving water, and white water; Resources: Food and gas in the town of near I90 exit.




8. 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 http://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.
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Parking along the paved road at trailhead; PATHS/TRAILS... Trail is not well defined, no pavement, etc.; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES… None; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments. DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… None; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; CAMPING... None;  O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Nothing unusual; Terrain: Level to about 7% grade to put-in; H2O/Water: Water in the river is normally pretty clear. Water temperature in the summer can be around 70 degrees; Environmental Conditions: No issues other than fast moving water, and white water; Resources: Food and gas in the town near I90 exit.



9. 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 http://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.
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Gravel parking along road near and at launch. Parking along road is level to about 2% grade. There is no designated trailer parking, but one could parking off the road on the shoulder. Do not park in singed no parking areas; PATHS/TRAILS...  There are no trails, the gravel access path to the put-in serves as the trailer, is about a 5% grade to the water; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES… None; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments. DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… No docks. Put-in requires one to step through small to medium sized boulders at waters edge, some sand, and small rocks. There is a fairly flat area near the waters edge to sit ones water-craft; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices; TRANSFER SYSTEMS...  None; CAMPING... None;  O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Nothing unusual; Terrain: Level to about 5% grade. Gravel, sand, small boulders; H2O/Water: Water in the river is normally pretty clear. Water temperature in the summer can be around 70 degrees; Environmental Conditions: No issues other than fast moving water, and white water; Resources: Food and gas in the town of Post Falls.



10. Flora and 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 Centennial Trail paved bike path and 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 that cyclist use. As compared to the Mission and Sullivan access points this site is free of large boulders at water's 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.
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Paved parking area limited along the road. Parking is on level ground. There is no designated trailer parking, but if you have a trailer one could potentially park along the road; PATHS/TRAILS...  The trail from the limited parking along the road is paved as part of the Bike Centennial Trail of about 5% grade. Right next to the paved path leading to the bike trail and river is a wide grass path of about 5% grade, it is recommended one use this grass path so as not to imped cyclists. Once at the bike trail move your watercraft quickly across the trail so as not to imped cyclist. There is a gravel trail that leads to the river. The gravel trail widens as you get close to the water, which is mostly free of large boulders making accessing the water easier than at other access points near this site; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES… None; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments. DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… None; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; CAMPING... None;  O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Nothing unusual; Terrain: Level to about 5% grade; H2O/Water: Water in the river is normally pretty clear. Water temperature in the summer can be around 70 degrees; Environmental Conditions: No issues other than fast moving water, and white water; Resources: Food and gas near I90 Exit. 



11. Mission Avenue Access
This access point is suited for kayaks, canoes, and small rafts. From the parking area one will portage their watercraft 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 up 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 for parking 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 whitewater. 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 http://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.
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Large dirt gravel combo parking lot, that is full of pot holes; PATHS/TRAILS... Across the parking lot and across the bike Centennial Trail you will see a well defined rough dirt trail of up to 7% grade.  The trail will lead to a boulder field that one has to cross to get to the water; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES… None; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments. DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… None; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; CAMPING... None;  O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Nothing unusual; Terrain: Up to 7% grade trail, Large boulder field; H2O/Water: Water in the river is normally pretty clear. Water temperature in the summer can be around 70 degrees; Environmental Conditions: No issues other than fast moving water, and white water; Resources: Food and Gas near I90 exit.



12. 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 Zoo 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 http://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.
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Moderate sized dirt gravel combo parking lot, that is full of potholes; PATHS/TRAILS... On the southwest side of the trail you will see a well defined rough and wide dirt gravel trail of up to 7% grade leading to the water. The trail leads into some large boulders you will have to cross to get to the water; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES… None. However as noted in the across Sullivan Str. there is the Sullivan Park with fully accessible restroom, etc.;  SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments.  DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS…  None;  
DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; CAMPING... None;  O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Nothing unusual; Terrain: Level to about 7% grade trail to put-in. Large boulders to cross to get to the water; H2O/Water: Water in the river is normally pretty clear. Water temperature in the summer can be around 70 degrees; Environmental Conditions: No issues other than fast moving water, and white water; Resources: Food and gas near I90 exit.


13. 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 waterfall. 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 whitewater. 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 http://www.mapquest.com and type Spokane Valley, WA, US. On I90 locate Exit 291A and follow above directions to view the river access site.
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Paved parking at trailhead and bike Centennial Trail; PATHS/TRAILS... You start out on the Centennial trail, as you look toward the river you will see several dirt rocky trails of up to 8% grade leading to the water. The trails end at some large boulders you will have to cross to get to the water; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES… Fully accessible restrooms north of the parking lot along the Centennial Trail;  SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments.  DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… None;  
DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; CAMPING... None;  O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Nothing unusual; Terrain: Trails to the water of up to 8% grade. Large boulders to cross to get to the water; H2O/Water: Water in the river is normally pretty clear. Water temperature in the summer can be around 70 degrees; Environmental Conditions: No issues other than fast moving water, and white water; Resources: Food and gas at various sites in Spokane.


14. Plantes Ferry Park
This is a popular swim area and accessible 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 from 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 watercraft. 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 runoff, 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 lightweight 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 http://www.mapquest.com and type Spokane Valley, WA, US. On I90 locate Exit 289 and follow above directions to view the river access site.
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Paved parking lot at the soccer park; PATHS/TRAILS... There is an unloading area by a small fence that one needs to carry their watercraft over. There is a paved path going west from the parking area to grassy area that leads to the put-in/take-out site. One has to walk across the grass and to a little dummy/sandy beach (if water is low) to launch from; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES…  Fully accessible restrooms at the soccer park; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments. DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… None; 
DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; CAMPING... None;  O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Small 3 ft high fence that one has to cross over to get to the grassy area to get to the water; Terrain: Level to about 5% grade. Mud,  Sand, and rocks at the waters edge; H2O/Water: Water in the river is normally pretty clear. Water temperature in the summer can be around 70 degrees; Environmental Conditions: No issues other than fast moving water, and white water; Resources: Food and gas near I90 exit.


Denney Ashlock Bridge and trail to river
Denny Ashlock Boulders and River Access
15. Denny Ashlock Access
This area where the Islands Trail Head & Denny Ashlock Bridge meet, is an excellent access point to the river. Across the river from Islands Trail Head 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 http://www.mapquest.com and type Spokane Valley, WA, US. On I90 locate Exit 289 and follow above directions to view the river access site.
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Paved parking lot. No trailer parking; PATHS/TRAILS... Trail from parking lot to put-in/take-out site is primarily paved as part of the bike Centennial Trail system. The for part of the trail from the parking lot is about a 5% grade, then levels out as you head and cross the river bridge, and onto the water. Once you are on the opposite side of the river from the parking lot there are several short gravel trails to the waters edge. We recommend putting it at the small bay next to the large rocks that sit in the river; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES…  Fully accessible restrooms at parking lot; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments. DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… None;  

DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices. Due to the short distance from the trailer to the waters edge with assistance a person using a wheelchair can get to the water at the bay area next to the large rocks in the river. The bay area is ideal for swimming. This is likely the most accessible site currently on the upriver portion of the Spokane River, besides Corbin Park in Idaho; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; CAMPING... None; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Nothing unusual; Terrain: Level to about 5% grade. Sand with rocks at the waters edge; H2O/Water: Water in the river is normally pretty clear. Water temperature in the summer can be around 70 degrees; Environmental Conditions: No issues other than fast moving water, and white water; Resources: Food and gas near I90 exit.




16. 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 http://www.mapquest.com and type Spokane, WA, US. On I90. Locate Exit 287 and follow above directions to view the river access site.
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Small paved parking next to restroom; PATHS/TRAILS... The paved bike Centennial Trail leads from the parking lot toward the river. There is no well defined trail from the Centennial Trail along the river. Access is via portaging over the vegetation and down a steep short bank. Not accessible!; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES…  Fully accessible restrooms at the parking lot; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments. DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… None; 
DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; CAMPING... None;  O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Steep bank to portage over to get to the waters edge; Terrain: Level to about 5% grade. Portage over bank with about 10% grade or more; H2O/Water: Water in the river is normally pretty clear. Water temperature in the summer can be around 70 degrees; Environmental Conditions: No issues other than fast moving water at times of the year during spring and early summer, etc.; Resources: Food and gas within Spokane.



17. 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 http://www.mapquest.com and type Spokane, WA, US. On I90 locate Exit 287 and follow above directions to view the park.
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Small paved parking next to restroom; PATHS/TRAILS... There is a sidewalk at this site. To get down to the beach one must go down the stairs, or steep sandy incline of about 5% grade. The paved bike Centennial Trail runs right by the parking lot. Once you get your watercraft down the stair you will then be on a sandy beach. There are some boulders in the water by the beach (which this beach gets its name from) that do not get in the way of launching; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES…  Fully accessible restrooms at the parking lot; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments. DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… None;  
DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices. With assistance one in a wheelchair could access the sandy beach on into and out of the water; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; CAMPING... None;  O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Steps and sandy beach; Terrain: Up to 5% grade; H2O/Water: Water in the river is normally pretty clear. Water temperature in the summer can be around 70 degrees; Environmental Conditions: No issues other than fast moving water at times of the year during spring and early summer, etc.; Resources: Food and gas within Spokane.




18. 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 downriver from Boulder Beach. CAUTION must be applied as this non-motorized area is the place where seaplanes land and is also where the Spokane and Gonzaga University rowing teams train. Keep clear of the planes 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 http://www.mapquest.com and type Spokane, WA, US. On I90 locate Exit 287 and follow above directions to view the park.

ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Paved parking at John H Shields Park; PATHS/TRAILS... There is a sidewalk at this site. To get down to the water their are to sites, both of which are not accessible in the least (see description above); RESTROOMS/FACILITIES…  Fully accessible restrooms at the park parking lot; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments. DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… None; 
DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; CAMPING... None;  O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Very Steep banks to water and lots of deep vegetation; Terrain: Up to 10% grade; H2O/Water: Water in the river is normally pretty clear. Water temperature in the summer can be around 70 degrees; Environmental Conditions: Both access sites to the water are very near the Dam keep-out regulatory buoys. Do not access this part of the river until mid summer and/or when there is little current. Beware of sudden drops in river levels via Dam spillways; Resources: Food and gas within Spokane.


 19. Felts Field Launch primarily used by the Float Planes
If you have wondered how powerboats get on this portion of the river from Upriver Dam to the designated legal-power-boats allowed area between Park Rd. and Denny Ashlock Bridge, the answer is Felts Field Airport float plane launch. Boats kept on this reservoir/portion of river are owned by those who docks on this portion of the river. There are no public powerboat launches on this portion of the river. There is also a paved launch at the Upriver Dam used only by maintenance and emergency watercrafts. 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 http://www.spokanerowing.org . Maps: To view a map click on the following link http://www.mapquest.com and type Spokane, WA, US. On I90 locate Exit 286 and follow above directions to view the launch and rowing facility.
ACCESSIBILITY: No Access!


20. Spokane River Rowing Association/Gonzaga University Rowing Team
Rowing Association/Gonzaga University Team Rowing facility (http://www.spokanerowing.org) is the last access point on the Upriver portion of the Spokane River. This site consists of a club and storage building, large grassy area with trees, and old wood docks. This club/Gonzaga leases the land from the Felts Field Airport. This facility is next to the Felts Field Airport launch. We mention this 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 at http://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 those with disAbilities who need a site to access this portion of the river. 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, which one 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 http://www.spokanerowing.org . Maps: To view a map click on the following link http://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 @ http://www.spokanerowing.org
ACCESSIBILITY: PARKING... Gravel parking;  PATHS/TRAILS... None; RESTROOMS/FACILITIES…  One bathroom, not accessible; SENSORY... No sensory tactile markers for those with visual and other impairments.  DOCKS/LAUNCHES/PLATFORMS… Non accessible docks; DIRECT WATER ACCESS… No access for wheeled mobility devices; TRANSFER SYSTEMS... None; CAMPING... None; O.T.H.E.R… Oddities/Barriers: Nothing unusual; Terrain: Level; H2O/Water: Water in the river is normally pretty clear. Water temperature in the summer can be around 70 degrees; Environmental Conditions: Do not access this part of the river until mid summer and/or when there is little current. Beware of sudden drops in river levels via Dam spillways; Resources: Food and gas within Spokane.


21. Upriver Dam Launch
This launch right next of the Dam. This launch is used by the Sheriffs Department, dam maintenance personnel, and other county uses and is not available to the general public.
ACCESSIBILITY: No Access!

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