Friday, March 29, 2013

Upriver, Spokane River, Spokane County Washington and Kootenai County, Idaho

UPRIVER - From the Idaho Post Falls Dam to Upriver Dam amd Reservoir

Upriver section of the Spokane River starts at the Post Falls Dam in Idaho and run westerly to Upriver Dam in Spokane County. The Post Falls Dam backs up the Spokane River into Lake Coeur d'Alene creating at times a very busy reservoir related to boat traffic. The Upriver Dam creates a reservoir (Upriver Reservoir) that backs up the Spokane river to about N. Argonne Rd. Bridge and sometimes to Denny Ashlock Bridge (pedestrian/bike bridge). On this reservoir rowing, kayaking is popular, and is used by the Felts Field Airport for Sea Planes. Residences along this reservoir power boat on this section of the river but no launch is available to the public. From the Denny Ashlock Bridge up river to the Post Falls Dam is several sets of rapids classified as Class II White Water. From the parks and access points to this river mentioned below you can kayak, canoe, row, raft, drift, motor, dinghy sail (Sail during low current times of the year, like mid or late summer and early fall when there is little or no river flow). Caution: During strong to moderate current times of the year stay away from the dams and know your limits before recreating on this river. Limits: Motors are only allowed between Plate's Ferry Park and Park Road (Park Road on the south side of the river is slightly up river from Boulder Beach).


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The Upriver Dam that is owned by the city of Spokane was built in 1894 to supply power and irrigation to the surrounding area. The impact this dam has on salmon runs is considered non-existent due to the fact that salmon and steelhead could not migrate past the Spokane Falls. Yet the flow from this dam is important to the survival of the fish that live above and below the falls, and for recreational activities. Avista does it's best to meet the power needs of the area as well as the water flow, which is not always an easy task to make all parties happy. Generally most people feel that Avista works well with the public and Spokane Indian Tribe. ATTENTION! There are no public boat launches on the Upriver Dam Reservoir; all launching is only suited for kayaks/canoes, sail yaks, and very light weight sailing dinghies such as the 50 lb. Super Snark. Click here for Spokane River water levels - http://www.avistautilities.com/environment/ourpart/recreation

LAUNCHES AND ACCESS POINTS


1. McGuire Park, Spokane river access point - Kayaks

McGuire Park is about a mile below the Post Falls Dam in Idaho and is the first access point on the river after the Post Falls Dam. This park has some picnic tables and a small parking area. It has no landing, but one can easily launch a kayak or raft by hand due to the fairly level shore area. The best time to kayak from this location is mid summer when the river is slow moving. This is not an ideal location to swim from as there are no pools. Directions: From I90 take Exit 2 (same Exit used to access Flying J) and proceed south to the stop light. At the stop light turn left onto Riverbend Avenue and go to the end of this street to the stop sign. Turn right onto McGuire Rd. Follow this road and after the sweeping turn to the left. Keep an eye out on your right for a gravel road (looks like a drive way to a private residence. The drive way to the park serves as the road to both the park and a private residence). Maps: To view a map click on http://www.mapquest.com ; Type in Post Falls Idaho and follow the above directions. Info: This is a day use park only with rules posted.

 
2. Corbin Park, Spokane river access point - Dinghies
CAUTION HAZARDOUS SWIM AREA - Even though Corbin Park river area is a popular swimming area, be advised of the following: Strong Undertow. Strong Current. Swim at your own Risk!

This park which is in Idaho has a paved launch ramp! It is also a fun location to swim and kayak from. In late summer and early fall it may also be a nice location for some sail yakking or even dinghy sailing. Due to the depth of this location, (20’ in some spots), and the flow of the river sometimes being really slow, this area kind of becomes like a lake/reservoir between the west and east rapids (1/2 mile long and 50'-150' wide in one section). There really needs to be about 10 knots of wind for the wind to get down into this canyon.

Note of caution: Several people have drowned here due to some nasty undertow. I swim at this park a lot and love it, but use common sense and know my limits. I actually swim at this park with my wet suite shorts (for extra flotation), or with a small boat fender with a leash connected to my arm. Or I just swim with my life vest on and employ these tactics with my kids; better safe than sorry. During middle or late summer it is best to swim here when the water is low and moving very slowly, thus the undertows will be less.

CORBIN PARK is located at the south end of Corbin Road off Riverbend Ave. This 28+ acre site, along the Spokane River, offers access for rafting or fishing, picnic areas, BBQ pits, a volleyball court, horseshoe pits, softball field, Frisbee, golf course & restrooms. Directions: From I90 take Exit 2 (same Exit used to access Flying J) and proceed south to the stop light. At the stop light turn left onto Riverbend Ave. Go down this road and look to your right; you will see a sign directing you to Corbin Park on Corbin Rd. Maps: To view a map click on http://www.mapquest.com and type exactly [470-599] S Corbin Rd Post Falls, ID 83854, US. You will see a red star indicating where the park is. Info: Post Falls Chamber of Commerce http://www.postfallsidaho.org


3. State Line Informal Launch

At the Idaho Washington state line and across the river (southwest direction) from Cabalas' is a primitive launch area next to the I90 freeway west bound bridge (on the north side of the bridge) commonly used by drift boaters and kayakers. This launch is officially in the state of Idaho but barley. This launch is either a take out point for those tubing/drifting from either Corbin or McGuire Parks in Idaho or a put-in site for those going down river to negotiate the various rapids. Drift boaters launching from this site will take out at Harvard Bridge primitive launch down river as this is the last launch site where trailers can be used to retrieve boats. There are no trailer launch sites until after Nine Mile Dam, however there are many spots to launch and retrieve kayaks and canoes from after Harvard Bridge launch. This site has no facilities, but just a short distance away is Gateway Park Visitor Center with restrooms, running water, and picnic area. Directions: On HWY 90 coming from either Spokane, WA. or Coeur d'Alene Idaho take exit 299. At the end of the exit off ramp turn north (N. Spokane Bridge Rd). Head toward the visitor center (there are signs pointing the way). Follow the road right as it turns to head to Idaho and Cabalas  (E. Appleway Ln. Turning left at this sharp curve in the road takes you to the visitor center/rest area). Just after the road turns sharply to the right right (east) heading toward Idaho and just before crossing the bridge you will see a gravel road to your right and an opening in a fence as well. Follow this gravel road to the primitive launch site. Maps: To view a map click on http://www.mapquest.com . Type in "Post Falls Idaho" and move left/west along HWY 90 on the map to the Idaho/Washington State border. This launch is located on the west side if the west bound I90 bridge, on the north side of the bridge. Pan in via aerial setting to view the launch site.


4. I90 Gateway Park Visitor Center-Rest Area/Weight Station Informal Launch

At this site behind the Gateway Park Visitor Center and across the Centennial Trail is a narrow and steep access point suitable for kayaks and canoes to launch from. This is a excellent site to access white water just down the river near Harvard Road Bridge. Right across the path and street there are restrooms, running water, and a picnic area. The visitor center is closed temporarily (as of the time this is posted ~ feel free to check it out to see if it is open yet) due to budgetary constraints. Directions: On I90 at the Idaho, Washington state line take Exit 299 north toward the river; follow signs to rest area. Behind the rest area before you turn into the rest area parking lot is a gravel parking lot; this is the place. One can portage the kayak from the gravel parking lot to the river. Maps: To view a map click on http://www.mapquest.com and type Post Falls, ID 83854, US. Pan west along I90 toward Exit 299 to view rest area and river access site.


5. Harvard Bridge Informal Launch

This access point to the Spokane River is one of the most accessible to boats that need a trailer such as drift boats. It would be best to launch upriver at the State Line primitive launch or further up river at the paved Corbin Park Launch (the only public paved launch on the river until Spokane Lake). This site also has a nice beach for sun bathing and swimming from. Launching from this site leads off to a white water area just before the McMillan Street Take Out and Barker Road Bridge access point. This site has a restroom and nice paved parking area. The river from this site to Barker Bridge is generally calm enough for recreational floating such as on inner tubes during lower river flows, but from Barker Bridge to the Islands Trailhead/Denny Ashlock Bridge the river is rated as Class II white water. Directions: Take Exit 296 off of I90 and proceed North on N. Harvard Rd toward the river. Pass over the Harvard bridge and immediately on the west side of the bridge there is a gravel road to the river. There are signs indicating a park. On the South side of the river next to the bridge, before you cross the bridge, there is another park for the Spokane Centennial Trail, you can park there and access the river by portaging your kayak to the river. But the previously mentioned park is far better for river access, and is the official river access site with gravel launch and rocky beach. Very easy to access the river from this launch and beach. Maps: To view a map click on www.mapquest.com and type Spokane Valley, WA, US. Pan east along I90 toward Exit 296 and follow above directions to view the river access site.


6. McMillan Street Take-Out

This access point is for take-out only and was designated when Barker Bridge was under construction. There is no parking lot at this site so one picks up their craft and leaves immediately. It is a good spot for those wanting to take their craft out of the river before the class II white water which is after the Barker Bridge, but then again its much easier to take out at the Barker Bridge take-out/put-in. There is a large orange Take-Out sign near the river edge. Directions:  Directions: On I90 east of Spokane Valley, WA. take Exit 296 and go north on N. Harvard Rd. after you cross the river bridge turn west onto E. Euclid Ave. a few miles down the road turn south onto N. Meyers Rd. follow this road when it turns west and becomes E. Buckeye Rd. Less than a mile down the road turn south onto N. McMillan Rd. At the end of this road is the access point via a small pedestrian gate down a path (fire lane) to the river. Maps: To view a map click on http://www.mapquest.com and type Spokane Valley, WA, US. Pan east along I90 toward Exit 296 and follow above directions to view the river access site.


7. Barker Bridge Informal Launch

This access point to the Spokane River is very popular to white water kayakers because it leads to a series of white water rapids, such as Judd's New Hole & the Mini Climax Wave. This is also the reason it's a take out point for many recreational and inexperienced kayakers wanting to avoid the rapids (see #6 McMillan Street as another take out before the Barker Bridge). There is a narrow gravel parking area and there is a wide gravel path to the waters edge. Across the river from the Harvard Bridge access site is the Centennial Trailhead with restroom and large gravel parking area. From Barker Bridge Access Site to the Islands Trailhead/Denny Ashlock Bridge the river is rated as Class II white water. Directions: Take Exit 293 off of I90 and proceed North on N. Barker Rd. toward the river. Before the Barker Bridge is a Centennial Trail large gravel parking lot. One can portage a kayak from this site to the river via a steep river bank, but on the opposite side of the bridge is a better place to launch from. Pass over the Harvard bridge and immediately on the east side of the bridge there is a gravel road/ramp to the river.  Maps: To view a map click on http://www.mapquest.com and type Spokane Valley, WA, US. Pan east along I90 toward Exit 293 and follow above directions to view the river access site.


8. Flora and Montgomery Corner Access

This access point to the river is not well known. Parking along the road is limited. There is a paved trail and large grassy path that lead almost to the river. There is a narrower gravel path to the river. It is recommended when portaging your kayak to the river that you do so via the grassy path so as not to block the paved path. As compared to the Mission and Sullivan access points this site is free of large boulders at waters edge making launching and retrieving from this site much easier than at the Mission Ave. access site. This site is also more centrally located with the rapids of this section of the river. Sullivan Hole, Mini Climax, and Judd's New Hole white water rapids are all rated class II and are all down river of this access point. Directions:  Take Exit 293 off of I90 and proceed North on N. Barker Rd. toward the river. Before the Barker Bridge is E. Riverway St.. Take this road west a short distance and then turn west onto E. Montgomery Ave./Dr at approximately the corner of this road and N. Flora Rd. Maps: To view a map click on www.mapquest.com and type Spokane Valley, WA, US. Pan east along I90 toward Exit 293 and follow above directions to view the river access site.


9. Mission Avenue Access

This access point is suited for kayaks, canoes, and small rafts. From the parking area one will portage their water craft across the Centennial Trail down a fairly steep gravel trail to a boulder like beach. This access point is next to the Sullivan Hole and Mini Climax; Judd's New Hole rapids are just up the river. All these rapids make up a popular wave area for white water kayaking and are rated class II. There is an open area used as a parking area at this site but there are no restroom or other facilities available. The river in this area from Harvard Bridge to the Denny Ashlock Bridge is rated as Class II white water. Directions:  Take Exit 293 off of I90 and proceed North on N. Barker Rd. toward the river. Before the Barker Bridge is E. Mission Ave. At the end of this road is the area you park to access the river. Maps: To view a map click on http://www.mapquest.com and type Spokane Valley, WA, US. Pan east along I90 toward Exit 293 and follow above directions to view the river access site.


10. Sullivan Park

On this part of the river some mistakenly think that Sullivan Park (which is right off of Sullivan St.) is the access point to the river in this area, but this is not the case. This park has a large parking, picnic area, with restrooms, and running water.  To access the river do so across the street from the park on E. Flora Pit Rd. Driving a short distance down this road and to your right (south) you will see a short gravel road into a small gravel parking lot. In this parking lot you will see a trail which leads to the waters edge. There is a nice wide gradual descending path almost to the waters edge. At the end of the path you will have to portage over some big boulders and rocks. This site gives you access to some nice rapids and to the popular Zoon Hole wave area. From Harvard Bridge to the Denny Ashlock Bridge the river is rated as Class II white water. Directions:  Take Exit 291B off of I90 and proceed North on N. Sullivan Rd. toward the river. Right after you cross the river bridge to your right (east) is N. Flora Pit Rd. Take this road to the small gravel parking lot on your right (south) to access the river. Maps: To view a map click on http://www.mapquest.com and type Spokane Valley, WA, US. Pan east along I90 toward Exit 291B and follow above directions to view the river access site.


11. Mirabeau Point Park

This a large public park near the Spokane Valley Mall. The Centennial Trail passes through the park. The park has ball fields, picnic and hiking areas, restroom, and running water. The river access point parking area is right across the street from the parks sole artificial water fall. From the parking area you portage down a hill that can be steep at times but generally is not that bad to the waters edge. From Harvard Bridge to the Denny Ashlock Bridge the river is rated as Class II white water. Directions: In the city of Spokane Valley take Exit 291A off of I90 and proceed North on N. Evergreen Rd. toward the mall. At the end of this road where it T's into E. Indiana Ave. at the stop light turn left/west onto E. Indiana Ave. Proceed a short distance down this road and then turn right/north onto S. Mirabeau Pkwy. The parking lot to the river access site is after you pass the YMCA across the street from the artificial water fall park area next to the Centennial Trail. Maps: To view a map click on http://www.mapquest.com and type Spokane Valley, WA, US. On I90 locate Exit 291A and follow above directions to view the river access site.


12. Plantes Ferry Park

This is a popular swim area and soccer park. Just before this park's main entrance when traveling East on Upriver Drive or just past the main entrance going west, there is a spot you can unload from (10 minute parking limit) and walk down the park to a little beach to launch from. The swim area has a nice spot to launch a kayak from but there is a small 3' high fence you will need to step over. After unloading your boat you can drive to the park to park your car and then walk back to your craft. Down river from this access point there is short series of rapids that are then followed by lake like conditions into Upriver Dam reservoir. Even with these lake like conditions the current can be very strong during spring run off, etc. Floating from this park to the dam is generally calm enough for recreational floating such as on inner tubes during lower river flow. From Harvard Bridge to the Denny Ashlock Bridge the river is rated as Class II white water. ATTENTION! There are no public boat launches on the Upriver Dam Reservoir; all access points are only suited for kayaks/canoes, sail yaks, and very light weight sailing dinghies like the 50 lb. Super Snark. Restrictions: Watercraft with motors are only allowed between N. Park Rd. on the south side of the river on the east end of Felts Field and just up river of Boulder Beach to Plantes Ferry Park. Wearing a PDF is required. Directions: In the city of Spokane Valley take Exit 289 off of I90 and proceed North on N. Pines Rd (HWY 27). Where this road intersects with E. Trent Ave. (HWY 290) turn right/east. After you proceed down this road a short distance and cross a bridge over the Spokane River turn left/north onto N. Mcdonald Rd. At the end of this road turn left/west onto E. Wellesley Ave. A short distance down this road and it turns into E. Upriver Dr. Plantes Ferry Park is only a shot distance down this road as well. Maps: To view a map click on http://www.mapquest.com and type Spokane Valley, WA, US. On I90 locate Exit 289 and follow above directions to view the river access site.

Denney Ashlock Bridge and trail to river

Denny Ashlock Boulders and River Access

13. This area where the Islands Trail Head & Denny Ashlock Bridge meet, is an excellent access point to the river. Across the river from Islands Trail Head of the Centennial Trail is a popular swimming area after crossing the Denny Ashlock Bridge (bicycle bridge). This spot is a fabulous swimming hole and place to dive off the large boulders that extend some 10 feet out of the water. The Bank is rather steep on the north side of the river so most people who want to launch their kayak/canoe use a dolly or carry their craft across Denny Ashlock Bridge (please watch out for cyclists and stay out of their way the best you can). You will find several good locations to launch from right after you cross the bridge ends or by walking up the trail a little near the large boulders in the water or turning right onto the dirt trail after you cross the bridge to the waters edge. The boulder area is an awesome location to launch from due to the boulders creating a protected cove. The river from this site and above is generally calm enough for recreational floating such as on inner tubes during lower river flows. From Harvard Bridge to the Islands Trailhead/Denny Ashlock Bridge the river rated as Class II white water. ATTENTION! There are no public boat launches on the Upriver Dam Reservoir. All access points are only suited for kayaks/canoes, sail yaks, and very light weight sailing dinghies like the 50 lb. Super Snark. Restrictions: Watercraft with motors are only allowed between N. Park Rd. on the south side of the river on the east end of Felts Field and just up river of Boulder Beach to Plantes Ferry Park. Wearing a PDF is required. Directions: In the city of Spokane Valley take Exit 289 off of I90 and proceed North on N. Pines Rd (HWY 27). Where this road intersects with E. Trent Ave. (HWY 290) turn right/east. After you proceed down this road a short distance and cross a bridge over the Spokane River turn left/north onto N. Mcdonald Rd. At the end of this road turn left/west onto E. Wellesley Ave. After a short distance, this road turns into E. Upriver Dr. Plantes Ferry Park is only a shot distance down this road and once you pass this park another mile or so down the road to your left/south you will see a Centennial Trail parking lot; this is the place. Maps: To view a map click on http://www.mapquest.com and type Spokane Valley, WA, US. On I90 locate Exit 289 and follow above directions to view the river access site.


14. Maringo Drive Trailhead

This access point that is down river from Denny Ashlock Bridge is generally not used as an access point but because of its distance from the river and white water features of the river. However, its just downriver from the only marsh on this section of the river which is an excellent spot to view water foul at. For touring kayakers. canoeist, and rowers this is a nice low congested launch site and is the first point of access to the lake like conditions on the Upriver Dam reservoir. Make sure to bring some type of a dolly as again the parking area is several hundred feet from the river. Portaging over the bank into the water can be difficult due to it being steep and covered with small brush, but again if you are using a dolly one could walk further down the trail to the march area where the incline is much less. Be quite at this point to not disturbed the water foul. ATTENTION! There are no public boat launches on the Upriver Dam Reservoir all access points are only suited for kayaks/canoes, sail yaks, and very light weight sailing dinghies like the 50 lb. Super Snark. Restrictions: Watercraft with motors are only allowed between N. Park Rd. on the south side of the river and on the east end of Felts Field and just up river of Boulder Beach to Plantes Ferry Park. Wearing a PDF is required. Directions: In the city of Spokane take Exit 287 off of I90 and proceed North on N. Argonne Rd. You will cross E. Trent Ave. (HWY 290) on your way to the river. After you cross the bridge over the Spokane River immediately turn right/east onto E. Maringo Dr. Proceed down this road to the end of the road. Unload in the circle area of the end of the road but do not park here. Park along the road in front of the houses so your vehicle isn't towed away. Maps: To view a map click on http://www.mapquest.com and type Spokane, WA, US. On I90. Locate Exit 287 and follow above directions to view the river access site.


15. Boulder Beach Park

This is a popular swim area with boulders that many enjoy sun bathing on or jumping off of. There is a paved parking area with restrooms (no running water). There is no launch at this site but one can carry their kayak or canoe down the beach to the waters edge. The section of the river is more of a lake/reservoir then a river due to the dam backing the water up to this beach and beyond. ATTENTION! There are no public boat launches on the Upriver Dam Reservoir. All access points are only suited for kayaks/canoes, sail yaks, and very light weight sailing dinghies like the 50 lb. Super Snark. Restrictions: Watercraft with motors are only allowed between N. Park Rd. on the south side of the river on the east end of Felts Field and just up river of Boulder Beach to Plantes Ferry Park. Wearing a PDF is required. Directions: In the city of Spokane take Exit 287 off of I90 and proceed North on N. Argonne Rd. to the intersection of N. Argonne Rd. & E. Upriver Drive. Turn left/west onto E. Upriver Drive. Proceed down the road a few miles until you see Boulder Beach Park on your left/south. Maps: To view a map click on http://www.mapquest.com and type Spokane, WA, US. On I90 locate Exit 287 and follow above directions to view the park.


16. John H. Shield's Park

This great rock climbing park is near the dam and across the street (Upriver Dr.) from the reservoir. There are two places across the street from the park to launch a kayak or canoe from. The best location is next to the large red regulatory buoy and Dam warning sign. This site has a nice gradual slope to the water but the grass can be a bit deep during the summer. The second launch site is almost directly across the street from the restroom via a steep primitive trail to the waters edge. Once you launch from either spot you will be in the widest part of Spokane River on this section of the river. It is very open to the wind (which can be a negative to some, but a positive for sailors). This access point is in a non motorized section of the river/reservoir from the Dam to Park Street on the south side of the river just down river from Boulder Beach. CAUTION must be applied as this non-motorized area is the place where sea plains land and is also where the Spokane and Gonzaga University rowing teams train. Keep clear of the plains and rowing teams. Restrictions: Watercraft with motors are only allowed between N. Park Rd. (road does not cross the river. This road is on the south side of the river, and on the east end of Felts Field and just down river from Boulder Beach. Wearing a PDF is required. Directions: In the city of Spokane take Exit 287 off of I90 and proceed North on N. Argonne Rd. to the intersection of N. Argonne Rd. & E. Upriver Dr. Turn left/west onto E. Upriver Dr. proceed down the road a few miles until you near Upriver Dam. John H. Shield's Park is directly across the street from the Dam. Beach Park is on your left/south. This park is also across from the Spokane & Gonzaga Uni. rowing facility and the Felts Field Sea Plane river access site, so when boating here watch out for Sea Planes and rowing teams, both of which have the right of away over you no matter what you are on. There are no public boat launches on the Upriver Dam Reservoir; all access points are only suited for kayaks/canoes, sail yaks, and very light weight sailing dinghies like the 50 lb. Super Snark. Limits: Watercraft with motors are only allowed between N. Park Rd. on the south side of the river on the east end of Felts Field and just up river of Boulder Beach to Plantes Ferry Park. Maps: To view a map click on the following link http://www.mapquest.com and type Spokane, WA, US. On I90 locate Exit 287 and follow above directions to view the park.

 17. Felts Field Launch primarily used by the Float Planes


18. Spokane River Rowing Association/Gonzaga University Rowing Team

If you have wondered how power boats get on this portion of the river from Upriver Dam Reservoir to the designated (legal-power-boats allowed) power boat area between Park Rd. and Denny Ashlock Bridge, the answer is Felts Field Airport. This paved launch and the one at the Upriver Dam (see picture of Dam and launch at the beginning of this section) are the only ones suited for launching power boats on the Upriver Reservoir and the Felts Field Launch is only one available to residents along this portion of the river. This launch is designed for Sea Planes in association with Felts Field Airport. Next to Felts Field and this launch is Spokane River Rowing Association/Gonzaga University Team Rowing facility (http://www.spokanerowing.org) that they lease from the Felts Field Airport. We mention this launch and facilities as a note of interest as its not available to the general public. It also might be possible to launch a sailing dinghy from the rowing club facility via permission by visiting their website and emailing them @ http://www.spokanerowing.org . Approval comes via Gonzaga University officials and so far our requests have been denied. It is sad they will not work with the local community, particularly with the SAIL disAbled sailing program as it would be great benefit to them. Without permission the only place to launch into the Upriver Dam Reservoir would be via John H. Shield's Park via a steep bank or up river at Boulder Beach, or Maringo Dr. Trail Head, or Denny Ashlock Bridge. Can only launch kayaks or very small sailing dinghies via manually portaging to the waters edge. Restrictions: Watercraft with motors are only allowed between N. Park Rd. on the south side of the river on the east end of Felts Field, and just up river of Boulder Beach to Plantes Ferry Park. Wearing a PDF is required. Directions: In the city of Spokane take Exit 286 off of I90 and proceed east on E. Broadway Ave. Follow this road a short distance then then turn north onto N. Park Rd. On N. Park Rd. you will cross over I90 and the railroad tracks. Also on N. Park Rd. you will be able to see Felts Field Airport. At the end of N. Park Rd. you will turn left/west on to E. South Riverway Ave. toward the Airport. You will come to a gate at the airport. At the gate and beyond is a gravel road that will take you to the paved launch and rowing facility. For permission to access this site go to the Spokane River Rowing Association at http://www.spokanerowing.org . Maps: To view a map click on the following link http://www.mapquest.com and type Spokane, WA, US. On I90 locate Exit 286 and follow above directions to view the launch and rowing facility. You can view a map of the rowing facility and get detailed directions from various locations by visiting their website @ http://www.spokanerowing.org

19. Upriver Dam Launch... This launch is used by the Sheriffs Department and for other county uses and is not available to he general public. You can see a picture of this launch in the large and first picture in this section next to the dam.

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