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Out & About: Join group effort on Little Spokane River trail project

Volunteers of all ages help with REI public land service projects. (REI)
Volunteers of all ages help with REI public land service projects. (REI)

OUTDO – Volunteers signing up to help re-route portions of a popular trail in the Little Spokane River Natural Area will be rewarded with food, refreshments and music.

The National Trails Day project is set for 1 p.m. on June 1, sponsored by REI and Riverside State Park.

Food, music and beer will be provided following the work, said Carol Christensen of REI.

The Knothead Trail that leads up from the Little Spokane to an overlook of the Spokane River must be redirected off private property and onto state park land.

Individuals and groups can join this family-friendly project. The first 130 volunteers get T-shirts.

Preregister online at RiversideStatePark.org.

Discover Passes for vehicles are not required. Parking and the after-party will be at the Little Spokane River Events Center, 13712 N. Nine Mile Road.

Other Trails Week volunteer work projects include:

• Iller Creek Conservation Area – May 31 and June 7, in Spokane Valley by Washington Trails Association. Info: wta.org.

• Star Peak Trail – June 7, northeast of Lake Pend Oreille by Friends of the Scotchman Peaks. Info: Sandy Compton, sandy@scotchmanpeaks.org.

• Little Spokane River – June 8, by WTA. Info: wta.org.

Spokane River on the fly

OUTFISH – Spokane River fly-fishing guide Sean Visintainer will give insights to fly fishing the Spokane River during a two-hour program starting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at  Silver Bow Fly Shop in Spokane Valley. $20.

Preregister, (509) 924-9998.

Idaho serves novice anglers

OUTHOOK – An Idaho “Take Me Fishing” trailer full of loaner fishing tackle is geared up for another season of introducing people to the sport of fishing at Panhandle lakes.

Next stop: Rose Lake on Wednesday, 3 p.m.-6 p.m.

Kids and adults, residents and nonresidents, can fish without a license during the hours of the events if they sign in with Idaho Fish and Game staff at the trailer.

Info: (208) 769-1414.

 Other dates, running 3 p.m.-6 p.m. unless otherwise indicated, include:

• May 28, Perkins Lake.

• May 31, Steamboat Pond, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

• June 3, Dawson Lake.

• June 5, Hayden Lake, Sportsman Park.

• June 7, Hauser Lake, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

• June 10, Smith Lake.

• June 12, Jewel Lake.

• June 14, Rathdrum City Park, 9 a.m.-noon.

• June 17, Kelso Lake.

• June 19, Fernan Lake.

Hunting applications due

OUTTAG – Special big-game hunting permit applications for 2014 seasons are coming due in the Inland Northwest. Upcoming deadlines:

• Washington –Thursday.

• Montana – June 2.

• Idaho – June 5.


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