Posts tagged: Little Spokane River
TRAILS — The Spokane REI store is trying to round up a crew of several hundred volunteers for a brief but massive effort to reroute a portion of a popular Little Spokane River trail off private land.
Join the group! These service projects are fun and satisfying.
In cooperation with Riverside State Park, the store’s annual family-friendly Service Day project is set for 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday (June 1), National Trails Day.
Helpers will redirect the Valley Trail downstream from Indian Painted Rocks onto state park land.
Individuals should preregister at the REI website.
Larger groups contact Carol Christensen at the store, 328-9900.
CONSERVATION — Members of the Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club are joining with St. George's School on Friday to pick up the summer season's accumulation of littler from the shores of the Little Spokane River.
The volunteer work project is being organized by one of Spokane's most accomplished senior paddlers: Pat Harbine, 468-0954, email email@example.com
PADDLING — The Little Spokane River's flows are still unseasonably high, but they've dropped to a pleasant level. I joined a group of canoeists Sunday at flows of 300 cfs and we effortlessly floated from St. George's School to the takeout near the confluence of the Spokane River in 2.5 hours — that includes a little slough exploring.
Some trees were down on the water, but we found big gaps and easy maneuvered past them.
Remember, Washington's new Discover Pass is required for parking at facilities along the Little Spokane River and other state park facilities.
The Little Spokane River is a natural area with additional rules beyond those at most state parks.
1. All use of the river must be by a device that keeps passengers out of the water. In other words, canoes, kayaks, and rafts are acceptable; inner-tubes, air mattresses, or swimming are not.
2. No alcoholic beverages are allowed on the Little Spokane.
3. Keep your pets elsewhere. They do not belong in the Little Spokane Natural Area.
4. Of course, please take home whatever you bring. Do not litter. Isn't that obvious?
5. Because it is a natural area, please do not disturb the wildlife in any way. Fishing is allowed (guess they aren't considered wildlife…) but not from shore.
6. Wear your personal floatation device at all times.
Don't have your own canoe or kayak? Here are sources for renting them:
- Mountain Gear, 325-9000.
- REI, 328-9900.
- Riverside State Park, (509) 465-5064.
HIKING — A reader who frequently hikes out of the Painted Rocks trailhead along the Little Spokane River just emailed and said he was surprised last week to see two new signs indicating that dogs are not allowed on the trails.
The rule prohibiting dogs dates back to the original designation of the Little Spokane River as a natural area. The rule was mentioned in my original late 1980s version of the guidebook, “100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest.”
I have a friend who took her Lab into the area against the rules 10 years ago and paid dearly for it: rattlesnake bite. Dog survived.
I think the original rule had a lot to do with the now defunct heron rookery. I love dogs, but it's reasonable for some areas to be dog-free.
WILDLIFE — Much like some people you might have seen on New Year's Eve, the immature bald eagle was grounded, wings spread with its head face-down in the snow along the Little Spokane River.
It was rescued after an ordeal and it's still alive Monday evening in the hands of veterinarians.
The Michaelis family spotted it on their land on Dec. 31 just before sunset. They called local birding enthusiast Tina Wynecoop and said they could tell the large bird — they weren't' sure of its identity at the time — was still breathing.
Wynecoop and her husband, Judge, grabbed bath towels, a quilt and leather gloves and responded in their car.
“On our way we called all the numbers of all the wildlife rescue people we could - what an evening to try to find someone home and available to handle the situation!” Tina said.
Read on for the story and the latest report on the eagle's status.