Rafting, Kayaking & Canoeing

Got paddle? Spokane is a destination for water adventure enthusiasts. This center of the Intermountain Northwest is a hub for paddlers of every type with 76 lakes and dozens of rivers within the region to keep you coming back for more.

Find the Rapids

Riverside State Park encompasses parts of the Spokane River and Little Spokane River. Start here to reach stretches of the Spokane River that will test your paddling skills at the intermediate level. Advanced paddlers will also find challenging rapids recommended only for those with professional-level whitewater gear.

Novice paddlers will find safer, more enjoyable whitewater runs, too. You can float through Spokane neighborhoods for a relaxing and scenic time on the water.  Bring a cooler and enjoy time in and out of the water as you take in urban wildlife.

Check out Fun Unlimited, with locations along the Spokane River in downtown Spokane and Post Falls, Idaho, for kayak rentals by the hour, day, or week. Instruction is included with every rental, so anyone can confidently approach the water, even if it’s your first time. Make sure you bring your wallet and rest for a while on the riverside patio of No-Li Brewery where you can enjoy a Spokane-style craft beer.

Calmer Waters

Head to Farragut State Park to find paddling peace on the still areas of Lake Pend Oreille. As the largest lake in Idaho, there are a variety of water areas ranging from placid to active depending on the winds. It's ideal for canoes and kayaks as you can paddle for hours on end or do a quick trip around a picturesque stony beach. 

While you’re in the Idaho area, you’ll find the nearby waters of Montana beckoning. Venture into faster waters with Pangaea River Rafting. You can take a guided whitewater rafting trip through Clark Fork River or Blackfoot River. It’s a worthwhile day trip from Spokane that will quickly let you experience the region to the fullest extent.

Get Geared Up

Once you've spied your run, you might need to rent some equipment. Wiley E. Waters Whitewater Rafting will get you all set for whitewater rafting on the Spokane and Clark Fork rivers. Schedule a guided tour that includes wine tasting to sip local varietals while you float. 

For those with more advanced skills eager to get into the water right away, rent your gear ahead of time through SUPrents. The online outlet will send the inflatable stand-up paddleboard or collapsible kayak of your choice through the mail with a pre-paid return label to ship it back when you’re done.

Whatever floats your boat, Spokane is your gateway to endless possibilities for day of rafting, kayaking, or canoeing.

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