Rafting & Kayaking in Spokane
Got a paddle? Spokane is the destination for water adventure enthusiasts. We’re a hub for paddlers of every type with 76 lakes and dozens of rivers within the region to keep you coming back for more. From the professional river rafter to the thrill-seeker, Spokane, Washington doesn't disappoint with its wide array of rivers and streams such as Riverside State Park, Spokane River, Farragut State Park, and Lake Pend Oreille for all experience levels. Discover the best kayaking Spokane has to offer!
Where to Kayak in Spokane
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 Brewhouse where you can enjoy a Spokane-style craft beer.
Test the Waters
While you’re here, you’ll also find the waters of Idaho and 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 fully experience the region.
Spokane Kayak and Rafting Rentals
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.
Best Spokane Lakes to Kayak or Paddleboard
While smaller in size than other top kayaking lakes in Spokane, the peace and quiet you can find on the water makes a day of kayaking or paddle boarding on Bear Lake more relaxing than other more popular lakes. We highly recommend visiting Bear Lake in the early mornings for serene sunrise rides.
If you're looking for a scenic ride on your kayak or paddleboard near Spokane, Horseshoe Lake is a great option. Featuring a hidden waterfall and more wildlife viewing than any other lake on our list, Horseshoe is the best option for anyone seeking an easy lake paddle with amazing views near Spokane.
Best Spokane Rivers To Kayak or Raft
Whether it's your first time trying to paddleboard in Spokane or you are a veteran kayaker, you can have a great paddle on the Spokane River. Depending on what section of the river you launch at, you can charge through some white water rapids or have a mellow ride through easy waters. For those seeking an intense ride through white water, launch near Riverside State Park. For those looking for an easy ride on a hot day, launch between Upriver Dam and Boulder Beach.
Whatever floats your boat, Spokane is your gateway to endless possibilities for a day of rafting, kayaking, or canoeing.
Downtown Spokane Centennial Trail under the Division St Bridge, near the Convention Center, 334 W Spokane Falls Blvd Phone: (208) 620-9050