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Paddling access to Spokane River not so easy near Upriver Dam

A full moon rises over the Upriver Dam in the Spokane River.  Waste and tailings from over 100 years of mining in the Silver Valley has been carried by the rivers and has piled up behind the dam to the point where the EPA is considering having to dredge out behind the dam to mitigate the contamination.  (Christopher Anderson)
A full moon rises over the Upriver Dam in the Spokane River. Waste and tailings from over 100 years of mining in the Silver Valley has been carried by the rivers and has piled up behind the dam to the point where the EPA is considering having to dredge out behind the dam to mitigate the contamination. (Christopher Anderson)

WATERSPORTS -- My Thursday Outdoors story on 6 Flatwater Paddling Routes in the Spokane Area needs an update regarding the Hidden Spokane River trip.

The gate to the city access to the south side of the river below Upriver Dam apparently is no longer regularly open. The access can still be used, but it requires hauling boats down a gravel path and an immediate vehicle shuttle since no parking is allowed. 

To reach the access from Havana Street, drive east on Trent Avenue 0.3 mile and bear left on Waterworks. Drive 0.4 mile to the green river access gates on the left.

I'm working to get more information on what's going on with this access.



Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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