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Spokane River advocates eye untapped recreational potential

The Spokane River flows past slack water near Harvard Road in Spokane Valley Tuesday, Mar. 23, 2010.  The concept of a
The Spokane River flows past slack water near Harvard Road in Spokane Valley Tuesday, Mar. 23, 2010. The concept of a "water trail" will be unveiled Tuesday at the Spokane River forum. Basically, river users work to improve recreational access and interpretative signs along the river, while getting citizens engaged in serious issues, such as water quality monitoring or thwarting poaching. So far, local flyfishing groups have united to report poaching. A map of access points along the Spokane River is also in the works. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

RIVERS – Like the water flowing through town, efforts are steadily and quietly progressing to improve the Spokane River corridor.

A new river access at the stateline being developed by multiple agencies could be finished by November, says Andy Dunau of the Spokane River Forum.

The access will provide a convenient 3.5-mile float for anglers to Harvard Road.

The Spokane Conservation District is teaming with Trout Unlimited to boost native redband rainbow trout near Starr Road, he said. Large woody debris structures are being installed to provide habitat for juvenile trout.

S-R columnist Sean Vestal on Wednesday pointed out several exciting trail projects and possibilities from Riverfront Park downstream that are beginning to realize the untapped potential of the river gorge.

Learn more:

Program: Dunau will reveal how to find groups connected with the Spokane River and demonstrate a new Spokane River Water Trail website mapping resource for detailed information about the river’s flows, access points, paddling routes and much more in a free program Wednesday, 7 p.m. at REI.

Sign-up online to reserve a spot,

Volunteer: Spokane River Centennial Trail work parties are set for today, Aug. 17, 25 and 31 to spruce up trailheads with painting, litter pickup, weeding and other light work organized by Friends of the Centennial Trail. Info: 795-4609. 

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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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