Safety First !!
Remember, the Spokane River can be dangerous for both experienced and novice users.
- Wear a life jacket. Use a Coast Guard-approved type III-V, properly adjusted personal floatation device (PFD). A PFD is required at all times.
- Alcohol and drugs don’t mix with water. Alertness and clarity make for good water choices.
- Know the water flow and water level. Flows and levels differ dramatically based on season and river location. Click here for Spokane River information.
- Know local conditions. For general information, view paddling, rafting and fishing web pages. For more specific information, click on an access point, then select “Access details and Map.”
- Know your skill level and gear. Click here for links to guides and recreational groups dedicated to teaching and taking you out on the river safely.
- Water Safety Above and Below a Dam. There are seven dams on the Spokane River. Near a dam, swirling water, submerged objects and strong currents pose dangers for boaters and swimmers. Learn more.