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With three drownings in week, Spokane River safety starts with life jacket

With the weather warming up and Independence Day at hand, folks will be headed out in droves to area waters to boat, fish or just cool off over the holiday weekend. While any of those water-bound activities are approved, recommended outdoors recreation, they all come with necessary precautions to ensure a safe, healthy good time for all. 

Reader photo: Paddling into spring

With spring runoff starting to fill the Spokane River, kayakers take to the waterways. Melanie Williams took this photo of a group of kayakers west of Barker Road at the end of March.

Kayaking Canada’s Bunsby Islands

Join the Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club as John McKee describes a kayak trip to the Bunsby Islands in British Columbia, Canada.

Explore hidden marshland of Nehalem River on kayak tour

From the bridge overlooking the lower Nehalem River, there’s little evidence to suggest that it’s an interesting place to explore in a kayak. But there’s far more to the Nehalem, especially if you paddle into the mudflats and estuaries hidden from view.

Reader photo: Jumping ship – at Kootenai Falls

Brian Jamieson of Spokane was among 35 accomplished kayakers gathered on the Kootenai River downstream from Libby, Montana, last weekend to revel in the thrill of hucking themselves off Kootenai Falls.

Bend Whitewater Park attracts 2,200 floaters a day during summer season

RIVERS -- This year, in its first full summer season, more than 231,000 people floated the Deschutes River through the Bend, Oregon, Whitewater Park passageway channel on inner tubes, kayaks or paddleboards. The Bend Bulletin reports that’s roughly 2,200 floaters each day between May 15...

Families can try out kayaks, SUP at Paddle, Splash & Play

PADDLING – Paddling is a good thing for children as it’s applied each year by the Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club. The club’s 56th annual Paddle, Splash & Play, a free kids’ and family event, is set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5,...

Pend Oreille River Poker Paddle cancelled

PADDLING – The 36th annual Pend Oreille River Poker Paddle will launch on Aug. 5, but organizers are offering incentives to register before July 31. Formerly a two-day event, this sometimes zany gathering has been honed to one day on the Pend Oreille River Water...

Bonnie Lake full of water, discover for paddlers, anglers

The fishing is poor and the beavers haven’t tried to dam the outlet of Bonnie Lake this year, at least not yet. The high water of April has receded after flooding the rancher’s hay field and wetlands downstream from the basalt-canyon lake south of Cheney.

Field reports: Kayak guide dies rescuing client in Yellowstone

A kayak guide in his first season on the job in Yellowstone National Park has died while trying to rescue a park visitor who capsized on Yellowstone Lake. Initial reports have not indicated whether the guide or the client were wearing wet suits or dry suits in coldwater conditions.

Kayak guide dies while rescuing client in cold Yellowstone Lake

PADDLING – A kayak guide in his first season on the job in Yellowstone National Park has died while trying to rescue a park visitor who capsized on Yellowstone Lake. Initial reports have not indicated whether the guide or the client were wearing wet suits...