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Boating with your bud

There’s nothing like water to relax you.


Spin Control: Almost everything gets a special spot on the calendar. How about orcas?

Proposal to declare a National Orca Protection Month may be a whale of an idea, but fans of the marine mammals shouldn’t get their hopes up.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 3, 2018, 4:27 p.m.

Construction of Peaceful Valley boat launch planned for 2018

A boat launch will likely be built in Peaceful Valley in 2018 using money from a popular, but doomed, river gorge project.


Proposed Washington legislation could jeopardize waterway access for boaters, anglers

Two Washington bills, targeting trespassers in Clark County, could have statewide implications for anglers and boaters.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 21, 2017, 9:17 p.m.

Boat wakes, illegal buoys on the Spokane River cause a splash that ripples all the way to Boise

There are more than 70 illegal, unpermitted buoys on the Spokane River from Lake Coeur d’Alene to the Post Falls Dam that homeowners have put out to try to slow …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 24, 2017, 9:07 p.m.

State study says Priest Lake needs $5M worth of work on channel, outlet dam, breakwater

Priest Lake needs $5 million worth of work, to keep the narrow, 3-mile-long Thorofare between the upper and main lakes open to boats. That’s the conclusion of a $300,000,


Field reports: Idaho youth pheasant hunters can pursue stocked roosters

Idaho youth pheasant hunters will get a chance to pursue stocked roosters through the pheasant season, starting this weekend through Dec. 31, on 810 acre Access Yes! parcel on the …


Reader photo: Jumping ship – at Kootenai Falls

Brian Jamieson of Spokane was among 35 accomplished kayakers gathered on the Kootenai River downstream from Libby, Montana, last weekend to revel in the thrill of hucking themselves off Kootenai …


In brief: Water study, Thorofare topic of Priest Lake meeting

An open house meeting to explain alternatives for managing Priest Lake water levels and navigation through The Thorofare is set for Friday at 4-7 p.m. at Priest Lake Elementary School, …


Field reports: Boundary Dam forebay closed for camping improvements

Canoeing, kayaking and camping through Z Canyon on the Pend Oreille River downstream from Metaline Falls has been tough to pull off since July 10 when Seattle City Light closed …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 1, 2017, 8:35 p.m.

Former advertising executive pleads not guilty to causing fatal Lake Coeur d’Alene boat crash

Spokane advertising executive Dennis Magner pleaded not guilty Friday after an Idaho grand jury filed charges against him for the deaths of three people killed in a boat collision last …


Idaho loans life jackets on Kootenai River

Boundary County has added a measure of safety for people who forget to bring their life jackets to a popular Kootenai River watersports area.


Out & about: Boaters still unaware of state line boat inspections

Some drivers with watercraft, especially in vehicles with kayaks or stand-up paddle boards, are missing the boat inspection signs on Interstate 90 in Washington just west of the Idaho state …


Field reports: Northern pike expanding in Lake Roosevelt

Despite a tribal gillnetting effort and a sportfishing bounty, non-native northern pike continue their downstream invasion of the Columbia River and Lake Roosevelt.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 10, 2017, 6:59 a.m.

Trio stands up to paddle Spokane River’s 112-miles in four days

A trio has become, as far as they know, the first adventurers to run the entire 112-mile length of the Spokane River on stand-up paddleboards.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 7, 2017, 10:20 a.m.

Prosecutors seek harsh sentence for Idaho boat builder

Prosecutors are seeking a sentence of more than five years in prison, $3.2 million in restitution and a $3.7 million forfeiture judgment for a former Boise businessman.


Rich Landers: Human-powered vessels catching up to power boaters in fatalities

With eight weekends of summer remaining and a lot of hot weather attracting people to the water, Washington State Parks’ Boating Program is making an effort to emphasize boating safety …


In brief: Fishing lake along Tucannon River gets makeover

Rainbow Lake, a popular fishing destination in the Wooten Wildlife Area of Columbia-Garfield counties, is closed for a makeover designed to improve both angler experience and salmon and steelhead habitat …


UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017, 11:24 a.m.

Glacier loosens boating restrictions under Zinke directive

Glacier National Park officials, under pressure from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, have loosened boating restrictions enacted when invasive mussels were found in Montana reservoir about 100 miles from the park.


Field reports: Meetings set to consider Priest Lake fishery management

Public meetings are scheduled to discuss Priest Lake fishery management options and solicit input from the public. The first public meeting is scheduled for Thursday.


Matt Liere: Father’s Day all about teaching – and learning

This past Father’s Day, I had the rare opportunity to teach my kids something they didn’t already know, or at least profess to know.


Field Reports: Little Spokane River shuttle resumes July 1

Spokane Parks and Recreation will begin its annual service on Saturday to shuttle canoes, kayaks or SUPs from the Nine Mile take-out of the Little Spokane River to the put-in …


Crews searching for man who fell in Snake River

Search crews say they are still searching for a 42-year-old man who reportedly fell out of a boat and into the Snake River over the weekend.


In brief: ‘Take Me Fishing’ trailer coming to North Idaho lakes

The “Take Me Fishing” trailer geared up with free loaner rods, reels, tackle and bait is heading to Idaho Panhandle lakes this month staffed by Idaho Fish and Game and …


Rich Landers: Life jacket requirement renders tubers disposable

Tubers have a right to be stupid while floating on the Spokane River within the City of Spokane. A stand-up paddleboarder who is brave, skilled or foolish enough to paddle …


Are you prepared for reacting to a drowning incident?

Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. On average, 3,533 people die as a result of drowning each year, and most of those deaths …


Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club offers paddling classes

A series of paddling clinics for canoes, kayaks, sea kayaks and recreational kayaks on flatwater and rivers will get underway in June as part of an annual skills program offered …


Montana requiring anglers to buy new invasive species pass

Montana has taken a different twist on the regional fight against aquatic invasive species (AIS). All anglers are required to buy the state’s new AIS Prevention Pass, according to legislation …


Woman dies in boating crash on Columbia River

Authorities say a woman died after the boat she was on crashed into a pylon on the Columbia River.


Montana Blackfeet leaders reopen 4 lakes to motorized boats

Blackfeet tribal leaders have reopened some reservation waters to motorized boats after approving new regulations in response to the threat of aquatic invasive mussels.