July 21, 2013 in Outdoors

List of wild options for treating summer guests

By The Spokesman-Review
 
Rich Landers photo

Hillary Landers shares the top of Scotchman Peak with mountain goats above Clark Fork, Idaho.
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Don’t let relatives or friends get lazy, trash your house, empty your refrigerator and fry your patience when they visit during summer vacations. Get them out:

• Biking paved trails, such as Fish Lake, Centennial and Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes

• Inner tubing Spokane or North Fork of Coeur d’Alene rivers

• Picking berries near Priest or Sullivan lakes or Lookout Pass

• Day hiking to the top of Mount Spokane or through Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge

• Stand-up paddle boarding on any of the many area lakes with rentals available from stores like REI and Mountain Gear

• Paddling canoes or kayaks down the Little Spokane River

• Rafting Clark Fork River whitewater through Alberton Gorge

• Climbing at Sheilds Park (Minnehaha Rocks)

• Fly fishing the St. Joe River

• Shooting sporting clays at Double Barrel Ranch

Photgraphing mountain goats on Scotchman Peak

Local outfitters

• Spokane Parks and Recreation offers kayak, canoe and paddle board trips on area rivers and lakes from $29-$50 per person. Contact: (509) 363-5418, email rgriffith@spokanecity.org.

• ROW Adventures offers a splashy one-day whitewater rafting trip through the Alberton Gorge area of the Clark Fork River at $79-$96 per person. Contact: (208) 765-0841.

• Kayak Coeur d’Alene rents kayaks and paddle boards and delivers the vessels free for renters to the north shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene. Contact: (208) 676-1533.

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