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.

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Lakes Near 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.

Top 3 Lakes Near Spokane

Lake Spokane (Long Lake)

Lake Spokane, also known as Long Lake, is a reservoir located on the Spokane River near Riverside State Park. Many refer to this lake as Long Lake, due to the Long Lake Dam which created the reservoir. The dam was built in 1915 and is now a historical landmark in the city. For those looking for a relaxing day boating, fishing, or sitting on the beach near Spokane, Long Lake is the perfect choice.

Rivers Near 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. Find the best rivers near you in Spokane!

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

Spokane River

When it comes to rivers near Spokane, none are more iconic than the famous Spokane River. Winding its way through the heart of the city, this river is what you see when in Riverfront Park, Spokane Falls and much more. To experience the power of the Spokane River, find the best place to view the falls with our Spokane Falls map.

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