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Monday, October 26, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Rafters hitting big water on Spokane River

A Peak 7 Adventures groups rafts down the Spokane River. (Courtesy photo)
A Peak 7 Adventures groups rafts down the Spokane River. (Courtesy photo)

RIVER RUNNING --  The Spokane River is running big, but waves didn't stop Peak 7 Adventures from taking a group down this weekend for their first whitewater fun trip of the season. 

Here's a scouting report just posted on the Whitewater Northwest forum:

Bowl & Pitcher is straight through shot, rapids pretty much washed out. 

Devil'sToenail is open on river right; looks like keeper reversal behind pour over rock just left of the right chute.  Middle run looks doable left of the big center rock. Tongue over the pourover, looks like a chute to left of tongue, maybe a chute hugging left side of rock also but the rock prevented seeing the whole flow.  Couldn't tell if this pourover hole/reversal at downstream foot of pourover tongue rock was a keeper but it looked like at this flow (23,000cfs) it was pushing through.  Surf's up, ripping right along.  If carnage at Toenail, swim will be ~600 yards downstream to usable eddy river left & may need help getting into it. 

Didn't see any wood at left side of Toenail rapid as per earlier reports.  May be under water, but appears to have gotten flushed through.
Meenach Bridge put-in gate is unlocked; unfettered easy launch.
Plese Flats takeout carry is about 6-7 feet to the road from water!
If you want to watch, Peak 7 is running the river again Tuesday, 4 p.m. starting from Meenach Bridge.

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