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.
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.