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Wed., Aug. 3, 2011, 2:25 p.m.

PDO Water Trail to be unveiled at open house

A sea kayak contingent of the Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club paddlers gathers on the Pend Oreille River downstream from Cusick, Wash., boat ramp to learn about wildlife habitat projects underway by the Kalispel Tribe and the Pend Oreille County PUD. (Rich Landers)
A sea kayak contingent of the Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club paddlers gathers on the Pend Oreille River downstream from Cusick, Wash., boat ramp to learn about wildlife habitat projects underway by the Kalispel Tribe and the Pend Oreille County PUD. (Rich Landers)

BOATING -- Three years in the making, a Pend Oreille River Water Trail plan covering 70 miles of the river in northeastern Washington will be served up -- along with snacks and beverages -- at an open house meeting Thursday (Aug. 4), 5 p.m.-7 p.m., at the Camas Center, 1821 N. LeClerc Rd., northeast of Usk, Wash. (See map.)

This the plan focuses on the Pend Oreille County stretch of the river, including Z Canyon and Peewee Falls. The entire river is 130 miles long originating from Lake Pend Oreille in the Idaho Panhandle flowing northwesterly -- unusual for a major U.S. River -- until it joins the Columbia River in southeastern British Columbia.  

Maps of the Water Trail will be on display and smaller maps will be shared.

Kayaks will be displayed by Bear Naked Adventures of Newport, Wash..

Other exhibitors include U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, PORTA, WSU Extension, Map Metrics, National Park Service, Kalispel Tribe and Pend Oreille PUD -- all partners of interest to future Water Trail users.

The concept plan for the Pend Oreille River Water Trail will be available.

Take a survey during the August public comment period.

Info: Susan Harris of PORTA (509) 447-5286, email susan@porta-us.com.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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