Paddle Spot: Spokane River

For those of you in our neck of the woods, the Spokane area, we discovered a convenient paddle just on the edge of town. It took us about 2.5 hours, but that included a rock-skipping competition and a side-journey through a shallow outlet to search for turtles.

Where to Start:

13026 Mirabeau Parkway, Spokane, WA, 99216

If you drive out to Mirabeau Springs there is a parking lot by the river that is the perfect place to put in. We left one of our cars there.

The Journey:

The paddle is only a few miles and is the perfect distance to kill an extra couple hours after work, that way you don't have to wait for the weekend to roll around to get on your SUP. While it does run near town, it feels surprisingly isolated and is a testament to our area's natural beauty, even near the city. The river is not too intense, so don't worry about running into whitewater, but it is still shallow and fast enough to keep things interesting. On our trip we saw lots of wildlife, most notably a large sturgeon and countless river turtles. There are many opportunities to explore shallow areas where the river breaks off into small streams.

Ending your Journey:

7414 E Upriver Drive, Spokane, WA, 99212

We got off the river at Boulder Beach, where we left our first car waiting for us. There we just rolled up our paddleboards and headed back for the second car before going about our evenings. No better way to transition out of work mode than to go for a quick paddle. 

If you decide to try this out, which we recommend, reach out to us and let us know how it goes! Paddle on!

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