Spokane Rivers

With a river running right through the heart of Spokane, no visit to the city would be complete without exploring at least one of the flowing bodies of water surrounding the region. Area rivers collectively span hundreds of miles, giving you a rich selection of locations to make your playground for the day or become a focal point of your vacation.

Tube Away the Day

Lean back into your tube and let all your cares float away. You're going to be relaxed after a day of meandering along the Spokane River, saying hello to deer and other wildlife along the way. The ultimate lazy day adventure, bring a cooler for snacks and beverages and let the river guide you along its natural path for hours at a time.

Since the Spokane River is only minutes from downtown, you can also paddleboard upstream and stop for beers at No-Li Brewhouse along the way, taking in the river scenery from their outdoor patio as you sip a frosty beverage made from local ingredients. Or get even more active by whitewater rafting downriver with the wind blowing in your hair.

Water Play

Thrills and a terrific workout await you at the St. Joe River, home to some of the region’s finest whitewater rapids. You can go kayaking, canoeing, or paddleboarding; just make sure you’re suited up with the right gear and advice for not tipping over—unless you want to take the plunge!

Cast a Line

North of town, the Little Spokane River is a 35-mile paradise for fly-fishing and standard angling. Paddling is also possible here, as is hiking the surrounding area where there are miles of trails. Whether you’re fishing or maneuvering a canoe, take a moment to look and listen for birds since the area is home to a variety of waterfowl, raptors, songbirds, and woodpeckers.

The Coeur d'Alene River is another renowned destination for fishers. Located just east of Spokane, you can camp out for the night or drive over for a daytrip of fishing and recreational river pursuits. Anglers can look forward to a bounty of native trout and maybe even some salmon.

Scenic Views

If activity in the water isn't your thing, a leisurely stroll around Riverfront Park will get you up close and personal with the historic Spokane Falls of the Spokane River. You might even catch a little of the mist in your face as you cross the walking bridges and stop at viewpoints to watch—and hear—the thundering roar of rushing water.

Make sure you consult the Spokane River Water Trail website. It's our top resource for the best picnic spots and scenic viewpoints along rivers in the region.

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