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Outdoors ripe for a memorable holiday weekend outing

Thu., May 25, 2017, 6:30 a.m.

Landslides are forcing closure of some Forest Service roads, such Prospector Creek Road in the St. Joe Ranger District. (U.S. FOREST SERVICE)
The stage is set for recreationists heading out to flex their muscles, launch their boats and pitch their tents for the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Some people may be packing skis as well as flip-flops in their travel bags. Don’t forget the camera to capture the spectacular wildflower bloom.

Spring weather brings on bicycling events

Wed., May 24, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

Riders crush some single track during the 24 Hours Round the Clock mountain bike race, an annual Memorial Day weekend event at Riverside State Park. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
Bicycling events are cranking up in a big way this week. The Spokane Bicycle Club is inviting the public on free weekday and weekend rides to become familiar with enjoyable local routes during May’s “Bike Anywhere Month.”

Reader photo: Final reflections on winter

Wed., May 24, 2017, 2:41 p.m.

Olivia Chantry pauses during a hike-up ski run for the spring-in-the-Selkriks view over Lake Pend Oreille during a May visit to the top of Schweitzer Mountain ski area. (OLIVIA CHANTRY / Courtesy)
Enjoying the view: Olivia Chantry pauses during a hike-up ski run for the spring-in-the-Selkriks view over Lake Pend Oreille during a May visit to the top of Schweitzer Mountain ski area. The experience is shared with her ever-ready dog.

Alan Liere’s fish and game report for May 25

Wed., May 24, 2017, 12:54 p.m.

The North Fork Coeur d’Alene River levels have dropped considerably and there is a lot of bug activity. Conditions are virtually the same on the St. Joe. The lower river is in excellent shape for floating or wade fishing.

Anglers put the bite on Columbia River bass

Sun., May 21, 2017, 6:30 a.m.

Washington removed catch limits on smallmouth bass in the Columbia River so anglers could harvest more of the non-native predators. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
Even with the Walla Walla River running high and milk-chocolate brown in mid-April, a couple of anglers casting crawdad jigs from a raft were hooking not-so-small smallmouth bass in the 2- to 4-pound range in nearly every significant pocket of soft, shallow shoreline water they could find.

Riverside State Park long-term planning begins with public meetings

Sun., May 21, 2017, 5:30 a.m.

Joe Beck, volunteer host at Nine Mile Recreation Area, hoses the goose droppings off the Riverside State Park dock on Lake Spokane. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
OUTINVOLVED – Riverside State Park is inviting the public to “brainstorm” potential changes and updates to the popular Spokane-area gem during long-term planning meetings that begin this week. Two initial planning meetings that will cover the same material will start at 6 p.m. as follows:

Ammi Midstokke: Vacation for the perma-campers

Sat., May 20, 2017, 6:30 a.m.

As my entire childhood was a long family wilderness vacation, I am not versed in this idea of organizing the mind-boggling logistics it takes to facilitate spending time

Canada’s lesser-known national parks good bet during 150th anniversary

Fri., May 19, 2017, 6:30 a.m.

GASP group hiking Abbot Ridge trail in Glacier National Park. (Alice Weber / Alice Weber photo)
It’s Canada’s turn to celebrate its national parks. As part of Canada 150 – the country’s sesquicentennial – admission is free in all national parks. For Americans, a car-camping trip to explore the parks north of the border looks like a great deal, especially when you add in the favorable exchange rate.

Spirit Lake chinook study needs anglers’ help

Thu., May 18, 2017, 6 a.m.

Anglers in North Idaho who catch chinook in Spirit Lake can help fisheries researchers by dropping off a tissue sample at drop boxes being installed at one or more boat access points.

Contest winner named for ‘Expedition Alaska’ film tickets

Thu., May 18, 2017, 5:30 a.m.

The winner has been chosen for the two free tickets The Spokesman-Review has offered for tonight’s screening and panel discussion of the “Expedition Alaska Adventure Race” documentary at the Bing Crosby Theater.

Field Reports: Chukar Challenge event for all gun dog breeds

Wed., May 17, 2017, 2:37 p.m.

The annual hunting dog event that pits flushers against pointers is set for June 9, hosted by the Spokane Bird Dog Association. It’s all in the name of good times, good-natured competition and another way to train dogs, said event organizer Dan Hoke.

Alan Liere’s fish and game report for May 18

Wed., May 17, 2017, 1:31 p.m.

Most rivers are on the high side of fishable this week. Lake anglers at Amber, Coffeepot, Sprague, Badger and other lowland lakes say fishing is “decent” but not fast and that the leech and balance leech game seems to be the most consistent.

Reader photo: Complimentary colors

Wed., May 17, 2017, 1:13 p.m.

Call of the wild prairie: A meadowlark belts out a call from an otherwise camouflaged position among blooming arrowleaf balsamroot west of Spokane. (Sharon Lindsay / Courtesy)
Call of the wild prairie: A meadowlark belts out a call from an otherwise camouflaged position among blooming arrowleaf balsamroot west of Spokane. On the web: Submit your outdoors-related photos for a chance to be published in our weekly print edition at

Expedition Alaska: Racers, crew and filmmakers took risks in adventure race

Sun., May 14, 2017, 6:30 a.m.

Jeni McNeal, professor of exercise science at Eastern Washington University, competed with a four-person team in the 2015 Expedition Alaska adventure race, among others. (Jeni McNeal / COURTESY PHOTO)
Using maps, compasses and vague directions, 20 teams of four endurance athletes tackled 300-plus miles of Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula in the 2015 Expedition Alaska adventure race. They traveled by foot, sometimes on snowshoes, and by mountain bike, kayak, raft and packraft in a grueling contest that ran non-stop for seven days.

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