Watersports

Coastal Adventuring on Vancouver Island’s West Coast

Our paddles moved together in practiced rhythm as we powered our Bellingham-based NuCanoe Frontier kayaks on phosphorescent water with the full moon’s glow at our …

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A River’s Journey: An Epic Paddle Put to Words

“The Columbia River is a thread of life in the Pacific Northwest. A journey down any portion opens another world of nature’s beauty, a history …

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Swimmers cool off in the Spokane River below Sandifur Bridge. Photo: Shallan Knowles

Is it Safe to Swim in the Spokane River?

On hot summer days, hundreds of people float, raft, and swim in the Spokane River. Yet the question still lingers. Just how safe is it …

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Spokane River Happy Hour

To add to the caravans of rafts, inner tubes and half-racks of Coors Light that parade down the Spokane River on hot summer days, ROW …

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Lake Pend Oreille. Photo: Aaron Theisen

Going to the Lake: Lake Pend Oreille–Beachside Camping for Hikers and Boaters

Northern Idaho’s Lake Pend Oreille is so deep that it supports U.S. Navy submarine tests and persistent reports of mysterious lake creatures. Its 111 miles …

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Brad Naccarato showing off his SUP style on Lake Coeur d'Alene. Photo: Shallan Knowles

Going to the Lake: Lake Coeur d’Alene–The Summer of SUP

With beaches and public access that wrap the city’s shoreline; a vibrant, laidback tourism scene; and an active water sports community, Coeur d’ Alene may …

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Racers at the start line of the 1st Annual Aloha Race. Photo: Shallan Knowles

Aloha SUP Race Series at Liberty Lake (July 17, 24, 31 and Aug. 7, 14)

Ever wanted to try stand up paddleboard racing? Here’s your chance. Mountain Gear is putting on five SUP races on Liberty Lake this summer (consecutive …

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Two children swimming on their bellies in a lake, with chins in the water, while wearing life jackets.

Lake Swim Spots for Kids: Fun Family Favorites

Waterfront Park at Medical Lake Fed by natural springs, Medical Lake west of Spokane is a tranquil gem that’s fairly shallow, with an average summer-time …

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Explore nature and history on one of the biggest lakes in Washington. Photo courtesy of National Park Service

Going to the Lake: Lake Roosevelt–Explore Nature and History

Named after President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 130-mile long lake is technically part of the Columbia River, although you wouldn’t know it by looking out …

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Rafters keeping warm paddling the Snake River. Photo: Jared Cruce, courtesy of ROW Adventures

Big Water, Big Fun: Early Season Rafting on Inland NW Rivers

If you’re waiting for warmer temperatures or mellow river conditions to book a river trip, don’t. Floating lazily down the river on 80 degree days …

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