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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...

Joining Roskelley clan widened Allison’s appreciation for ‘sufferbuckets’

ADVENTURE -- Allison Roskelley is expanding her range of joy and fulfillment through misery. After becoming one of three paddlers to ride stand-up paddleboards the 112-mile length of the Spokane River, Roskelley reflected on the self-improvement concept. For background, she was already a fitness buff...

Easy Paddler: 6 choice flatwater trips near Spokane

With summer temperatures soaring, the Spokane-area’s wealth of water routes are suddenly more attractive. Even less-active people who don’t own a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddle board can get the urge to venture onto a lake or stream when the thermometer reads 85 or higher.

Spokatopia offers intro to variety of muscle-powered sports

The best opportunity of the year to sample land- and water-based muscle-powered sports in one location is set for Saturday at Camp Sekani along the upper Spokane River. The second annual Spokatopia Outdoor Adventure Festival will be a giant playground for learning about recreational activities, gear and skills.

Idaho reminds paddleboard operators to have safety gear

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation is reminding paddleboard users that the increasingly popular crafts are considered vessels when operated outside of marked swimming areas and are required to have safety equipment. The state agency says a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket must be on board as well as...

Paddleboarding appeals to exercisers of all ages

SALT LAKE CITY – Colorful paddleboards and pictures of people practicing the sport in beautiful settings filled the exhibit halls at the world’s largest outdoor retail trade show this month in Salt Lake City in the latest illustration of the sport’s exploding popularity. They make long, skinny boards for racers. They make wide, sturdy ones for more casual users, some of whom do yoga or fish off the boards. They even make inflatable boards for people who want the convenience to be able roll them up and put them in a bag.

Try out watersports at NIC Summer Splash

WATERSPORTS -- North Idaho College is offering a free opportunity to try out paddleboards, kayaks, canoes and catamarans. What: North Idaho College Cecil’s Summer Splash When: 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, July 16 Where: NIC campus beach on Lake Coeur d'Alene The event is open to...

Sailfest to roll out boats, SUP at CdA beach

WATERSPORTS -- Looking at the weather forecast, Saturday might be a good day to try out sailing or paddling at Lake Coeur d'Alene. Check out this event. The 11th Annual Sailfest is a celebration of sailing and paddling and and opportunity to try out variety...

Landers: Next-level paddling, making the jump from cruising to serious sport

Anyone can move a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard over the water, but precious few have savored the joy of paddling efficiently. When you see paddlers zigzagging up the Thorofare to Upper Priest Lake, bumping into logs and frittering away calories, they probably don’t have a clue that there’s a better way.

Emphasizing access

The Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club is reviving a paddling event of fun and competition to help refocus community attention on the importance of recreational access to the Spokane River. The Spokane River Classic is set for Aug. 23 on a stretch of the river from the Don Kardong Bridge near Gonzaga University downstream to the Division Street Bridge and back.