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DIY packraft offers outdoors enthusiasts an affordable, lightweight boat

If you have enviously eyed the packable but expensive Alpacka packrafts made in Alaska, but just couldn’t commit to the $600-$2,500 price tag, there’s good news.

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, …

Reader photo: Calm before the storm of paddling

Moraine Lake, spectacular views and a fleet of rental canoes is ready for paddlers in Banff National Park, British Columbia.

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.

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 …

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 …

Riverside State Park long-term planning begins with public meetings

OUTINVOLVED – Riverside State Park is inviting the public to “brainstorm” potential changes and updates to the popular Spokane-area gem during long-term planning meetings that begin this week. Two initial …

In brief: Scientists’ presentation probes wildfires at the Bing

An hour-long, multi-media, traveling presentation that confronts the trend of huge wildfires, will be in Spokane on Thursday sponsored by The Lands Council and Vaagen Bros. timber company.

Idaho leads region’s increased aquatic invasive species boat inspection efforts

Boaters traveling in and out of Washington, Idaho and Montana are noticing increased emphasis this season on inspections for invasive aquatic species on watercraft ranging from yachts to kayaks, rafts …

Lake Roosevelt levels continue to drop; boat launching limited

The reservoir level was at 1,233 feet and still dropping on Wednesday. That means the only

UPDATED: Tue., April 4, 2017

Landslide blocks Porcupine Bay access possibly for months

A landslide that occurred Sunday north of Davenport will block access to Lake Roosevelt’s popular Porcupine Bay Campground and boat launch for weeks or even months, Lincoln County officials say.

Revolutionary rafts lower danger of extreme whitewater

It’s been raining for almost a week here on California’s northwest coast, and the Middle Fork Smith River has transformed into a raging, swirling, terrifying torrent of whitewater.

Lake Pend Oreille water level to rise this week

The level of Lake Pend Oreille will increase 1.5-2.5 feet by the end of February as the outflow from Albeni Falls Dam is decreased to assist with downstream maintenance work, …

Field Reports: Montana seeks $11 million to combat invasive species

To increase its fight against aquatic invasive species Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is requesting an additional $11.5 million from the Montana Legislature over the next two years.

In Brief: Nordic events at local venues

High-profile and low-key events will beckon heavier than usual activity at Spokane-Coeur d’Alene Nordic skiing areas this weekend.

‘Worst conditions in 20 years’ prompt closure of Washington wildlife areas in Asotin County

Two southeastern Washington wildlife areas totaling 11,000 acres are closed to public access through April to prevent human disturbance to deer and elk struggling through the worst winter conditions in …

Washington considers strengthening measures to protect waters from aquatic invasive species

Bad news is knocking at the door and Washington is behind the curve on dealing with aquatic invasive species. State officials say there’s an urgency to get up to speed …

Show season begins for RVers, boaters, sportsmen

The boat, RV and sportsmen’s show season is underway, giving outdoor enthusiasts a chance to see the latest products from manufacturers and make deals. Some of the shows feature seminars …

Alan Liere: Canoeing is a Devil Craft

Canoeing is the one warm-weather “outdoorsy” activity besides drowning I do not care for.

In brief: Yellowstone starts drawing for snowmobile permits

Beginning on Thursday, snowmobilers will be able to enter a drawing for permits to ride through Yellowstone National Park without a guide.

Out & about: Who’s responsible for recreational garbage?

OUTTRASHED – Garbage is a mountain of a problem at boating access sites close to populated areas. Public land managers have resorted to the “Pack it in, pack it out” …

Paddleboards are versatile, convenient and fun way to get on the water

While the power boating industry seems to be leaning towards finding ways to create bigger waves, another company is taking the human-powered boat sport closer to alpine lakes.

In brief: River access limited at Upriver Dam

Public access to the Spokane River below Upriver Dam has been scaled back because of vandalism, City Utilities staffers say.

Wake boats draw ire of property owners

Plowing the water may be one of the fastest growing sports of the boating industry, but the use of wake boats has also raised the ire of property owners, other …

Paddlers to play cards on Pend Oreille River

The 35th annual Pend Oreille River Poker Paddle, featuring nonmotorized vessels ranging from sleek kayaks to parade-float creations, is set for Aug. 13.

Once a chef, Jory Schmeling has found niche as wooden boat builder

In one moment, Jory Schmeling is general manager of a wooden boat business. In another he is a gopher for said business. Schmeling wouldn’t have it any other way. His …

In brief: North Idaho College floats open-to-public beach party

North Idaho College is offering a free opportunity to try out paddleboards, kayaks, canoes and catamarans, and awarding scholarships, too, at the school’s annual beach party, which is open to …

Hells Canyon boating fee proposal caught public off guard

The citizen’s council with the power to decide if a Hells Canyon river fee should move forward learned about the proposal more than 18 months before the general public.

Wake surfing catches attention of water sport enthusiasts

When ocean surfers want the perfect wave, they first have to wait for the correct tide and then paddle out and meet the roller at just the right time. But …