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UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

Take a trip to Camp Zag: Returners and newcomers built bonds at Gonzaga’s preseason retreat

Picture 6-foot-10, 260-pound Oumar Ballo and 6-11, 235-pound Pavel Zakharov scrambling to hang on while inner tubing on a lake.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

Snow camping, not as bad as it sounds

Snow camping is the perfect way to


When camping this summer, be bear aware or pay the price

Campers heading into the hills should remember to store their food and waste in bear-proof containers this summer.


Freeman Lake campground closed

Camping is no longer available at the Freeman Lake Access Site, located 5 miles north of Oldtown in Bonner County.


UPDATED: Thu., May 9, 2019

Happy campers: National parks offer scenic, cheap vacation options

Throughout our travels, we’ve stayed in some fantastic campgrounds, perfect for exploring some of the best national parks and monuments in the West. The following campgrounds are some of our …


Temporary campground closure

Visitors to the Palouse Ranger District of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests should be prepared for travel impacts and a campground closure due to a Latah County bridge replacement project …


Priest Lake’s Reeder Bay Campground closed for season

The Reeder Bay Campground, on Priest Lake, will be closed for the 2018 season while the campground is upgraded to flush toilets, according to a U.S. Forest Service news release.


‘Dispersed camping’ offers alternative to full campgrounds

Few things are more disheartening to the camping summer tourist than pulling into a campground and finding all of the sites full. It’s especially deflating when you’ve been on the …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 30, 2018

St. Joe Ranger District seeks volunteer campground hosts

The St. Joe Ranger District is looking for volunteer campground hosts.


As millennials take to roads, camping, RV industries pivot toward adventurous comfort

Younger Americans are hitting the road in search of adventure, but still want the comforts of home.


Feedback requested for Pioneer Park camping in Pend Orielle County

The Pend Oreille County Public Utility District and the Colville National Forest are requesting feedback from users about camping along the reservoir near Pioneer Park, according to a news release.


RVs at fairgrounds kick off outdoor sports show season

The boat, RV and sportsmen’s show season is getting underway for 2018.


Winter camping proves good way to reset internal clock, study finds

A University of Colorado sleep study sheds light on the benefits of winter camping.


The Gear Junkie: Wave good night in floating tent

Who needs a waterbed? The Shoal Tent from SmithFly blends a boat with a tent, and while not exactly practical, it looks pretty fun.


Out & About: Wildlife watching, fishing participation increases in U.S.

Wildlife watching, especially around the home, and fishing have gained popularity in recent years while participation in hunting has declined slightly, according to a report released last month.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017

Quetico answers canoe paddler’s quest for wild time

If you love to camp, fish and paddle a canoe, Quetico fulfills your wildest dream. Some 6,000 lakes, 32 waterfalls and 4,467 islands are waiting to be explored only by …


In brief: Hunters face fire restrictions at campsites

Hunters heading into the mountains this week still face restrictions on campfires and even generators as tinder-dry conditions persist through the region.


Pack goats take a load off elk hunter’s game

One bowhunter is walking briskly into his backcountry elk camp this week with a team of four-legged helpers that take a load off his back without adding work and worry. …


Gear Junkie: Canvas tent bombproof, one of kind

Nestled in a canvas cocoon atop a cush foam mattress, I feel cozy and warm. The world around me is shut out — no wind, no lights, and no pointy …


Field reports: Women in wilderness explored by panel

OUTDOORS – Four local women with wide-ranging experience in the great outdoors will join for a panel presentation on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Bowl and Pitcher amphitheater at …


Gear Junkie: Camping above the ground

Have you considered camping in the air? A growing trend, “hanging tents” meld hammock features with bug mesh, zippers, and a fly.


Gear Junkie: Airstream goes fiberglass with latest model

Coming in 2018, Airstream touts its latest model as aerodynamic, lightweight, and strong. But this isn’t your dad’s aluminum tow-behind. The company shifts to fiberglass for the Nest, a camper …


Gear Junkie: Packscooter just as it says; part pack, part scooter

The Packscooter looks like something you’d see a kid riding around the block. But the design belies a transformable conveyance that’s helped two explorers navigate more than 1,000 miles of …


Kid camping is a natural experience

Taking kids camping, you know instinctively that you are doing something right for your offspring. You have brought them to this semi-natural place and pitched the tents and created a …


Alan Liere: A camping evolution

When I was a kid, my Uncle Pat and Aunt Molly would gather up nieces and nephews for a camping/fishing extravaganza to the San Poil River right after school let …


Gear Junkie: Sweet dreams with the LaidBack camping pad

Car campers take note: You can get great sleep on the LaidBack Pad. It’s big, bulky, and expensive. But this ultra-plush foam pad can make your night a dream.


Field Reports: Evening outdoor programs at Riverside State Park

The summertime Wednesdays in the Woods programs at Riverside State Park continue this week with a


Handy man on Mount Spokane: Can-do state park manager Steve Christensen retiring

For 17 years, Mount Spokane State Park has been blessed, according to numerous testimonials, with a manager who’s handled user issues and conflicts as deftly as he’s dealt with power …


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 …


Outdoors ripe for a memorable holiday weekend outing

The stage is set for recreationists heading out to flex their muscles, launch their boats and pitch their tents for the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Some people may be packing …