Spokane, WA is uniquely situated in an area with beautiful, rugged natural areas that offer great rafting, kayaking, and canoeing. The Spokane River flows through the heart of the city, with scenic views, great rapids for adventurous rafters, and gentle areas for relaxing floats. You might see deer, beavers, great blue herons, and even moose. There are several local guided tour operators who can help you have an amazing time on the water.
ROW Adventures is great for anyone wanting to get out on a raft. Experienced guides take small groups on whitewater trips or meandering floats throughout the spring and summer. Rates range from $54 to $69 per person. Reserve your spot on the website or call 1-800-451-6034 for more information.
Pangea River Rafting offers fun floats two times a day. Their website describes rafting through Riverside State Park as “rafting whitewater through a Picasso museum. The surging river, sculpted volcanic rocks, and unmatched beauty make rafting whitewater in Spokane an unmatched rafting vacation.” Guides liven things up even more with boat games and squirt guns. Rates are $55 to $59. Pangea also offers wine floats, in which you get to sit in a raft sipping wine and eating appetizers while your guide rows your down the river through gorgeous scenery. Wine floats are $95 per person. Click here for reservations for all trips.
FLOW Adventures provides rafts, inflatable kayaks, and tubes for their guided Spokane River trips, depending on the group’s preference. An optional lunch or dinner is available. FLOW also conducts instructional classes to help you get more out of your adventures. Floats are offered throughout the summer; click here for the calendar. Three Wednesdays in June, FLOW will offer discounted floats that will be followed by dinner and drinks at the Flying Goat. Regular rafting and kayaking rates are $64 and $69. Tubing packages are $20. Call 509-242-8699 to book.
Wiley E. Waters is a Post Falls, ID based rafting company that offers whitewater rafting on the upper and lower Spokane River as well as gentle scenic trips perfect for families with young kids. Rates range from $44 to $59, and trips are available throughout the summer. Wine and dine floats, featuring Spokane area wineries, are also available. Call 208-457-1092 for details and reservations.
Spokane Parks and Recreation offers several affordable guided water trips for all ability levels on area waterways throughout the summer. You can kayak, canoe, raft, or even paddle board. A few of the fun options are evening paddles, a kayaking trip with a cave tour, and a morning coffee and pastries paddle. Classes are also available. Click here for a schedule and to register.