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Whitewater Play Spots

For those of you who like to play in the waves, here's a guide to the best water flow levels for the most popular play spots nearby. 

 

Questions? Bucky Sturgeon

 
SPOKANE RIVER

MAP OF PLAY SPOTS AND ACCESS: with notes

Gauge Information for POST FALLS

Gauge Information at SPOKANE

Gauge Information for HANGMAN CREEK

 

Trailer Park Wave:  Good  at  3300-7000  cfs,  prime  from  4500-6000.

     Gets better as it gets bigger. Hole-like when north channel of

     dam is closed. Wave-like when north channel is open.

 

Corbin Park Wave:  17,500+ cfs

     Corbin Wave gets  bigger and  better  as  the  water  level  rises. It

     can be tough to get out onto, so be ready to work. Be very care-

     ful here as the whirlpools are wicked!

 

Dead Dog:  11,000 (tiny and shallow) - 25,000 cfs

     Dangerously sticky around 20,000. When it's at its dangerous

     levels, Corbin Park is in.

 

Zoo Wave:  2350 - 2700 cfs

     Best at higher levels. Hole on surfer's left, breaking wave in

     the middle, green wave on surfer's right. Take your pick and

     throw down!

 

Sullivan Hole:  2000 - 3500 cfs

     Best levels for hole are 2900 - 3000. Wave-like above 3100.

     Greens out at 3500. Can hit the rock below 2800.

 

Mini Climax:  Best range is 6400 - 6800 cfs, but surf-able from

     5700 - 7500.

 

Duplex:  6000 - 9000 cfs

     Top wave (far river right) is better at the lower range,

     bottom wave better at higher range.

 

Devil's Eyeball:  High water park and play does not get any

     better than this! Although it is large, it is really flushy, so

     watch the corners of the wave on the surge, as they tend to

     disappear. Not for the faint of heart, this feature comes in at

     35,000 cfs and gets better with more water. Be sure to bring

     a camera.

 

HANGMAN CREEK

Flour Power:  4.4 - 4.7 ft. 

Flat Water Paddle Spots

 

InlandNWRoutes.com: has a comprehensive list of launches for Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Canada. Go to the menu item Routes->Paddle and then select the state you are interested in for a list of launches and write ups about them. If you know the name of the lake you are looking for you can use the search box on the home page to quickly navigate to it.

The Spokane River Water Trail: has an interactive map that includes boat launches, campgrounds, picnic areas, restrooms and more.

The Pend Oreille River Water Trail: The Pend Oreille River Water Trail covers 70 miles of the Pend Oreille River.  The Water Trail begins in Oldtown, ID, then follows the river north through Pend Oreille County, in Northeastern Washington, all the way up to Boundary Dam, just one mile shy of Southeastern British Columbia, Canada.  And yes, we said north – the Pend Oreille River is one of a handful of major rivers in the U.S. that flows north … it seems that up in Pend Oreille County, even our river goes against the grain.

FunToSail: The most comprehensive site to find places to sail, kayak, fish and boat within the Inland Northwest.

Guide Books

 

Paddling Washington: by Rich Landers, Dan Hansen, Verne Huser, and Doug North

 

  • 112 routes in rivers, streams, lakes, and bays in the Northwest

  • For paddlers of all skill levels

  • Maps, safety tips, equipment requirements, and a route comparison chart


This uniquely comprehensive Washington paddling guidebook combines the best of three previous books--Paddle Routes of the Inland Northwest, Paddle Routes of Western Washington, and Washington Whitewater--into one volume. Detailed locator maps and instructions on safety are included, as well as appendices on equipment, map sources, and a useful route comparison chart for selecting the right trip level for any paddler. Paddling Washington covers water routes in western and eastern Washington, British Columbia, North Idaho, and Montana, and has enough trips to keep northwest paddlers busy for years to come.

Map of Paddle Spots from Paddling.com