Priest River – AUG 12
A great way to get out on the stunning Priest River is through the upcoming PORPA Sprints, put on by the Pend Oreille Rowing and Paddling Association (PORPA). This second-annual event is a day full of non-motorized races on the river, including watercraft demos and a free session from local Kalispel tribe members on the historical relationship of the Kalispel people with the Pend Oreille River.
Youth can participate in the paddling races for free, which can include stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, rowing shells, water bikes, or even boats made out of cardboard. Parking is free and camping is available on location at the Priest River Recreation Area (Mudhole).
This is an event for experienced and novice racers alike, so you can take the whole family and spend a fun day paddling and spectating. After racing, learn about and try sculling boats and paddle sports boats at the free watercraft demo in the afternoon.
Visit Porpa.org for more information, a preliminary race schedule, and to register.