May 27, 2012 in Outdoors

OUT & ABOUT: Something for everyone coming up outdoors

 

Spokane Summer Parkways clears vehicles off the streets Thursday, noon-3 p.m. for families to bike, skate and enjoy events in a vehicle-free environment in the Chief Garry-Logan Neighborhood. The next Summer Parkways event is 6-9 p.m. June 20 in the Comstock-Manito Neighborhood. Info: summerparkways.com.

Fly-fishing schools: Two dozen two-day fly-fishing schools begin this week running into September based out of Coeur d’Alene. The schools are sanctioned by Orvis Co. and taught by Stann Grater of Spokane. Cost: $470.

Sign up: Orvis.com.

Butterfly walk, Saturday, 9 a.m., at Turnbull Wildlife Refuge, with presentation and field trip led by John Baumann. Sign up: 235-4531, email looeezoleary@netscape.net

Elk Creek Falls nature hike, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday near Sullivan Lake will be led by Colville National Forest wildlife biologist Mike Borysewicz. The 2-mile trail takes in a prescribed burn site heavily used by elk, cascading waterfall and wildflower meadow. Bring lunch. Elk Creek Trailhead is 5 miles east of Metaline Falls at the Mill Pond historic site northwest of Sullivan Lake. Info: (509) 446-7500.

Free Fishing Days: No fishing license is required in Idaho on June 9 or in Washington on June 9-10. All other rules apply.

• Idaho will celebrate with 11 free fishing clinics for novices across North Idaho (details next week).

• Washington is holding a two-day fishing clinic for novice adults, June 7 and 9. Best to sign up soon for the limited spots: (509) 892-1001.

Sprague Lake Trout Derby is set for June 9. Info: (509) 257-2332.

Take Your Daughter to the Range Day, June 9, shooting clinics especially for girls age 6-18 at Sandpoint Outdoor Range sponsored by Bonner County Sportsmen’s Association. Sign up: (208) 266-0141, email jcmalison@gmail.com.

Family Trails Day project: A National Trails Day project geared to families will give trees more breathing room at Riverside State Park.

Kids will get a free Adventure Journal as groups gather 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday to help thin and prune small trees in an event sponsored by the park and REI.

Sign up: rei.com/Spokane.

ChaFE 150 bike ride: A few slots remain open in Saturday’s catered Gran Fondo ride with 150- and 80-mile options out of Sandpoint. Ride can be linked to the TriSandpoint event series. Info: chafe150.org.

Route of Hiawatha opens for season

OUTPEDALThe Route of the Hiawatha rail trail, a 15-mile route on the Montana Idaho border near Lookout Pass, opened for the season Saturday. The unpaved route for cyclists features 10 tunnels and seven trestles as high as 230 feet on a gentle grade.

Trail passes, shuttle tickets, mountain bike rentals and lunches are available at Lookout Pass Ski Area, just off I-90.

Info: (208) 744-1301.


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