Safety & River Flows

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.