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Landers: Convention Center project affects trail, boat access

Tree-lovers, Centennial Trail users and Spokane River paddlers will be the first to notice if preliminary construction for the $55 million Spokane Convention Center Completion Project begins as scheduled next …


Spokane area cornucopia of outdoor access

I was an outsider in the best sense of the word when I moved to Spokane 36 years ago. I enjoyed hiking and biking, hunting and fishing, skiing and paddling …


Field reports: Requirements enacted for fishing guides

FISHING – Washington sport-fishing guides will have to meet basic requirements for first aid training, boat and business licensing and insurance under a law that takes effect July 28. Gov. …


Landers: River access should be natural part of project

The Spokane River shouldn’t have to speak up for itself. Like a hero who saves the day before 500,000 onlookers, the river ought to naturally have our attention and appreciation.


Landers: River access should be natural part of project

The Spokane River shouldn’t have to speak up for itself. Like a hero who saves the day before 500,000 onlookers, the river ought to naturally have our attention and appreciation.


Gear Junkie: LuminAID provides portable light source

It looks like a pillow with a cell phone glued on the side. Closer up, you see a solar panel and a tiny red light. Odd products come across my …


G-Prep wrestlers build, raffle off cedar canoe

Gonzaga Prep wrestlers are pinning their annual fundraising goals on a 17-foot, cedar-strip canoe they built with their own hands. “We started during summer and we’re just doing the hand-caned …


Out & About: Getting out game with muscle power

OUTHUNT – Even in 2012, muscle power remains a workable alternative to horsepower when it’s time to pack big game out of the backcountry. A few Inland Northwest hunters stood …


Recreation supervisor Aho gave Spokane years of service

The founder of the city’s outdoor recreation program is heading down the trail, leaving a warehouse full of bikes, kayaks, skis, snowshoes and camping gear he built up during 32 …


Landers: Now’s the time to put off procrastination

If you’re too busy to be fully prepared for a hunting, fishing or camping trip, join the crowd. Modern lifestyles aren’t necessarily conducive to being a complete outdoorsman.


Grande Ronde River boating tips

Following are considerations for matching vessels with flows before floating the lower Wallowa and Grande Ronde rivers. The flow information and details on negotiating notable rapids are from the U.S. …


Cheap trips promote knowledge of river

Spokane’s Meet Me at the River summer trip program is gearing up for the fifth year, offering the public a convenient opportunity to connect with the entire length of the …


Out & About: Group working to translate fishing rules into Russian

OUTDO – A group of anglers is trying to get Spokane River anglers speaking the same language on fishing restrictions to protect struggling native redband trout. The group has worked …


Tips for safe canoe hunts

The canoe is a time tested, inexpensive and efficient way to hunt waterfowl on certain waters, ranging from the Clark Fork River in Montana and Idaho to the Winchester and …


White Salmon River not ready for floaters

The lower White Salmon River is laced with woody debris that “look like shish kebabs facing upstream ready to spear you,” said the rafting guide who recently made the first …


Landers: Board will hear challenge to Coyote Rock development

Every regulator with a clue seems to agree that plans to build up to 30 docks at the Coyote Rock development are a bad idea for the Spokane River. The …


Out & About: ‘Paddle, Splash and Play’ set to launch

OUTDO – A boat-load of fun is awaiting youngsters during a new free event that will let them paddle canoes, whitewater kayaks, sea kayaks, inflatable kayaks and stand up paddle …


Adventure Day offers gear, help for public to try outdoor sports

The annual Sekani Adventure Day is built around the principle that no child should be left out of outdoor recreation. No adult, either. Especially in the outdoor mecca of the …


Out & About: Canoe classic moves from river to lake

OUTPADDLE – The annual Spokane River Canoe Classic, normally set on its namesake stream, has been moved to Liberty Lake this year because of the dangerously high river flows. The …


2010 Outstanding in their field

Andrew Graham is goose-calling ace, Alexander Martin canoes across the USA, Kim Thorburn is named Fish & Wildlife volunteer of the year…


Outstanding in their field

Andrew Graham, 15, a freshman at Cheney High School, traveled to Easton, Md., in November and stepped onto the elite stage of waterfowl communication. He honked away most of the …


Canoeist paddles, totes across U.S. in long oardeal

PORTLAND, Maine – An extreme paddler who launched a cross-country canoe trip in Portland, Ore., traveled 3,500 miles through rivers, lakes and other waterways before arriving Friday in Portland, Maine. …


A tough sell

Several families with farms south of Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge are upset with a long-term state plan to preserve a corridor of wildlife habitat stretching from Chapman Lake south around …


How to survive opening day

OUTFISH – We have the scoop on the best fishing waters in Idaho, as well as in Washington, where dozens of the Spokane region’s trout lakes will open to fishing …


Winchester Wasteway a hot spot for spring paddling

Camped on a sand dune, our paddling group was rousted by a haunting chorus of coyotes just outside the tent. I was thrilled to be lured out under the sprawl …


Paddlers ring in new year on Little Spokane

Neither rain and snow nor ice and cold can stop diehard paddlers from joining in the Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club’s annual New Year’s Day float down the Little Spokane …


Canoe hunter’s six tested rules

With 35 years of canoe hunting experience under my boat, I have solid list of guidelines learned from my own trial and error and the mishaps of my buddies. Among …


Paddling option

Our hopes were quickly confirmed as we beached our canoes on an island soon after launching on the Missouri River near Fort Benton. We’d removed our lifejackets, readied the dogs …


6 ways to savor the river

This may be the best summer to get into the flow of the Spokane River. Clubs, groups, businesses and agencies are joining as stewards of the river’s health as well …


CRITTER WATCH: Little Spokane River blooms with wildlife

Paddlers aren’t the only ones checking out the feral iris that was bursting in bloom last week along the Little Spokane River. The ruffed grouse above, photographed from a canoe, …