Spokane Lakes & Rivers

The Spokane River runs right through the heart of the city, but this waterway is just the beginning of the area’s freshwater recreation opportunities. From Spokane, you can head in any direction, including downtown, to take a dip, grab a paddle, or hit the wake. With countless lakes, numerous rivers, very little humidity, and late sunsets, summertime transforms the Spokane area into a freshwater playground.

Lakes in Spokane

Did you know that there are 76 lakes all within a 1-hour drive from Spokane? The lakes and surrounding environs offer a multitude of outdoor recreational opportunities, such as swimming, boating, fishing, cliff jumping, volleyball, hiking, biking, rock climbing, golf, and picnicking. And in the winter, the lakes and rivers become scenic backdrops for snowy adventures such as snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and skiing.

Even though the lakes are not far from the city, many offer a true immersion in pristine nature. You might even have the chance to glimpse some wildlife, such as bald eagles or moose.

Spending the day at the lake? Check the weather forecast before your trip.

Rivers in Spokane

Carving through the hills around Spokane are many creeks and rivers, the most famous of course is the Spokane River, a 111-mile long tributary of the Columbia River. The river is an important freshwater resource in the Pacific Northwest and a playground for fly fishers, white water rafters, canoeists, kayakers, paddle boarders, and other water sports enthusiasts. No visit to Spokane is complete without a visit to this mighty river or one of its tributaries, such as the Little Spokane River or Latah Creek.

Feel like staying the night? Check out one of the beautiful and tranquil campgrounds along the river, such as Riverside State Park.

Lakes & Rivers Public Access Map

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