Outdoors

TUESDAY, NOV. 18, 2014

Pend Oreille River Water Trail detailed in program

PADDLING -- The Ins and Outs of the Pend Oreille River Water Trail will be detailed in a program for the Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club, 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 24, at the Mountain Gear Corporate Office, 6021 E. Mansfield in Spokane. Pend Oreille County...

FRIDAY, NOV. 7, 2014

Minimum 850 cfs Spokane River flows trouble users

RIVERS -- The Washington Department of Ecology's proposal to set a minimum allowable flow of 850 cfs is causing a stir among river users. The Center for Environmental Law & Policy is encouraging paddlers and anglers to review the proposal and comment on the state's...

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 22, 2014

Spokane runner up in online poll for America’s Best Riverfront

OUTDOOR CITIES -- Wilmington, N.C., generated enough votes to edge Spokane this week in a USA TODAY 10 Best Readers' Choice contest for Best American Riverfront. Wilmington "waged a tight but winning battle against Spokane for the top spot and landed the #1 slot after...

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 8, 2014


Don’t forget sea-kayaking basics

WATERSPORTS -- Fall is a fine time for sea kayaking around the region's waters, from Fishtrap Lake to the San Juan Islands. Even if you're an experience paddler, it's always wise to review the the basics of paddling safety Here are seven reminders from Boat...

FRIDAY, SEPT. 19, 2014

Roskelley talk to detail Columbia River paddling

WATERSPORTS -- John Roskelley, best know for his mountaineering achievements, is giving a free program on his new guidebook to Paddling the Columbia River at 7 p.m. on Sept.30 at the Spokane REI store. Seating is limited. Reserve a spot in advance. See my July...

MONDAY, SEPT. 15, 2014

TUESDAY, AUG. 26, 2014

This sort of paddling is appropriate for kids

WATERSPORTS -- The older Bauer boys know how to make a canoe go fast, and the younger nephews are clearly into the game even at the end of the Spokane River Classic endurance event on Saturday. Sponsored by the Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club, the...

SATURDAY, AUG. 23, 2014

Spokane River Classic attracts colorful flotilla

PADDLING -- Some very fast paddlers streaked across the Spokane River today in the debut of the Spokane River Classic, and they were followed by some not-so fast canoeists, kayakers, stand-up paddleboarders and one rowboat. But it appeared as though everyone had a blast, as...

TUESDAY, AUG. 12, 2014

Video: Whitewater kayaking carnage compiled

WATERSPORTS -- For every awesome video we've seen of kayakers skillfully negotiating whitewater rapids and waterfalls there are countless calamities, injuries and near-death experiences. Here's a sampling. P.S. Think twice about trying to replicate this stuff.

MONDAY, AUG. 11, 2014

Adventure Idaho racers on sleepless mission through Panhandle

ADVENTURE RACING -- Five teams started the Expedition Idaho adventure race from the Silver Springs Resort early Sunday morning on a seven day quest to be first to cover nearly 500 miles through some of the most testing and beautiful terrain in North Idaho. The...

FRIDAY, AUG. 8, 2014

THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2014

Spokane River access open at stateline site

WATERSPORTS -- A launch site for drift boats, paddling craft and rafts has been remodeled and reopened at the stateline just downstream from the I-90 Bridge. The Stateline access site includes parking and native landscaping planted by the Spokane Conservation District and volunteer groups on...

FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2014


Racers hit Blackfoot in open canoes

WATERSPORTS --The 2014 Open Canoe Slalom National Championship starts today and runs through Sunday (June 29) near Missoula on the Blackfoot River upstream of the Roundup Fishing Access Site off Montana Highway 200. Spectators can view the American Canoe Association event for free in the...


Lake Quinault reopens for fishing, paddling, recreation

WATERSPORTS -- Lake Quinault on Washington's Olympic Peninsula has reopened for summer activities including fishing and boating after a brief hiatus. Lake Quinault Lodge, located just steps from the lake and in the heart of a temperate rainforest, will again offer fishing, boat rentals and...

TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2014

Post Falls Dam gates close; Spokane River flows drop

WATERSPORTS -- The Spokane River's flows have subsided enough for the spill gates at Post Falls Dam to be closed, Avista Utilities reports. That has allowed river recreation to open for the season starting today in the area between the Spokane Street Bridge and the...

MONDAY, JUNE 16, 2014

Logs pose hazard to whitewater rafters in Marble Creek

WATERSPORTS -- Whitewater rafters and kayakers were greeted by hazards in Marble Creek last weekend. Logs from a logging operation apparently slid down a steep slope and into the tributary of the St. Joe River. This is prime time for river runners before flows become...

FRIDAY, JUNE 6, 2014

Outdoor recreational outings offered to disabled

OUTDOOR RECREATION -- The St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute's recreational therapy team is gearing up for a busy summer season of outdoor recreation fun for physically challenged adventurers of all ages. Outdoor Recreation Experience, June 21, features adaptive and regular fishing, handcycling, archery, kayaking and canoeing,...

TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2014

Payette River train serves whitewater rafters, paddlers

RIVER RUNNING -- Rafters and paddlers soon will be riding the rails to a popular floating and whitewater stretch of Idaho's North Fork Payette River. On Saturday, May 31, the Idaho Northern and Pacific Railroad, also known as the Thunder Mountain Line, will debut the...

MONDAY, MAY 12, 2014

Spokane paddlers offer canoe, kayak classes

PADDLING – The Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club is launching its annual series of paddling classes for canoeists as well as whitewater and sea kayakers starting next weekend. The classes are taught by qualified instructors as follows: May 18 ­– Flatwater solo and tandem canoeing....

Rich Landers

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.


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