Lakes

With 76 lakes in the Spokane area, you can head in any direction to take a dip, grab a paddle, or hit the wake. Stay active with water sports and activities sure to leave you happily exhausted, or relax lakeside with a book after a cooling swim. However you want to spend your days on the lake, Spokane’s many options will accommodate you.

Lake Roosevelt is one of the many great places for fishers to cast a line. The waterway spans a 130-mile stretch of the Columbia Basin and its levels are controlled by the Grand Coulee Dam. Keep your eyes peeled, because it's home to more than 30 species of fish, including rainbow trout and white sturgeon. You can fish from your boat or just as easily stand on the banks and see what you come up with.
 
A little closer to the city center, Long Lake/Lake Spokane is stocked annually with rainbow trout. You'll want to pitch a tent at the campground

and make sure you're up early to catch a bite. Boat-in campsites equipped with nearby fire pits and tables make this even easier to accomplish.
 
If you’re more into active water sports, Spokane lakes have you covered. Get your thrills on at Lake Coeur d'Alene or Lake Pend Oreille, among others.
 
Lake Coeur d'Alene has over 100 miles of shoreline with almost 20 boat launches for your personal watercraft. Cruise along and take in the stunning views around the lake or catch some big air on the wake left behind by boaters. Calmer waters invite kayakers and paddle boards to push off from any spot along the beach.
 
Lake Pend Oreille is a waterskier's dream. At 43 miles long and with 111 miles of shoreline, it's Idaho's largest lake. It's also the deepest at 1,158 feet! Visit this huge water playground to spend the day kayaking or canoeing on a guided tour, learning to wakeboard or waterski from an expert, or even enjoying a private charter or public cruise.
 
Whether you have days or just hours to spend, make it a point to enjoy the many lakes in the Spokane region. No matter which activity you choose, the region has some of the best places to get wet and stay cool on a hot summer day.

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