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Recreational Opportunities on the Spokane River

Spokane River Map

Explore the Spokane River Water Trail! The Spokane River Forum has developed the Spokane River Water Trail site, which provides detailed information about river access sites between Post Falls, Idaho and Lake Roosevelt in Washington.

The City of Coeur d'Alene, ID lies on the north shore of Coeur d'Alene Lake while the Spokane River flows through the heart of  Spokane, WA and other Idaho and Washington communities. Coeur d'Alene Lake, its tributaries, and the Spokane River and Avista's downstream reservoirs, Upper Falls, Nine Mile, and Lake Spokane offer abundant outdoor recreational activities in a variety of settings that cater to a wide range of interests. Whether you are recreating along the Spokane River, around Lake Spokane or Coeur d’Alene Lake, you will need to decide where to start having fun. Our recreation maps will show you many accessible spots and play areas throughout our Spokane River Project area, and can be used as a general guide for recreation.

Avista’s Spokane River Project lands, most of which lie along Lake Spokane, are generally open to the public and are accessible from both land and water for day-use recreational activities. Recreation opportunities include boating, water-skiing, swimming, picnicking, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, hiking, and wildlife viewing.  We also allow boat-in-only camping and hunting in certain areas.  Written hunting permits are required and have to be obtained directly from Avista in advance.  Additionally, and in an effort to manage Avista's Project lands in a manner compatible with that of the 10,000 acre Riverside State Park, Avista has entered into an agreement  with Washington State Park and Recreation Commission staff to manage the Project lands for public recreation.  As such, Washington State Park Discovery Passes are necessary to recreate on Avista's property. 

Nothing beats recreating on the water as a way to relax, have fun, and enjoy the outdoors. Remember, though, water can be deceiving and currents can be deadly. The Spokane River can be challenging for both experienced and novice users. Knowledge of river flows and local conditions are essential for your safety.

For more information on boating safety and boating regulation, please visit:

Idaho Parks and Recreation

Kootenai County, Idaho

Washington State Parks

Spokane County

U.S. Coast Guard's Boating Safety Division

As part of the Spokane River Project License, we have developed the Spokane River Project Recreation Plan, which includes plans for the following activities:

  • Trail enhancements including new signs, reconstruction and repair, access for disabled individuals, and trash removal.
  • Boat ramp development and improvement.
  • Dock construction and reconstruction.
  • Improvements of existing recreation sites.
  • New and improved scenic overlooks and interpretive displays with better access for disabled individuals and signs depicting the area's history and hydroelectric development.
  • Development of boat-in-only campsites.
  • Ongoing operation and maintenance of our recreation areas.

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Recreation Work Plans and Reports

As part of the Spokane River Project License, we are implementing the Spokane River Project Recreation Plan (Plan). The Plan includes a description of Avista’s obligations for all five of its Idaho and Washington Hydroelectric Developments.

We hold annual and semi-annual meetings with our partners to determine recreation project priorities, to go over the upcoming year’s plans, and to collaborate in the planning, design, and construction of new recreation projects.

Specific work plans and reports associated with the overall Plan, along with associated regulators, agency partners, and stakeholders include the following:

Spokane River Hydroelectric Developments (Upper Falls, Monroe Street, Nine Mile, and Long Lake)

Spokane River and Post Falls Developments Recreation Plan

Spokane River Project Recreation Monitoring Report 

Regulators, agency partners, and stakeholders: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Post Falls Hydroelectric Development

Spokane River Trailer Park Wave Assessment Report
Spokane River Trailer Park Wave Assessment Report Supplemental 
Submittal of the Lake Spokane Boat-in-Only Campsite Locations as required by FERC's 10/24/2011 Order                                            

Regulators, agency partners, and stakeholders: Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Kootenai County Parks and Waterways, Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, Idaho State Historic Preservation Office, U. S. Forest Service, Post Falls Parks and Recreation, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Interpretation and Education Plan

Avista’s Interpretation and Education Plan provides the basis for interpreting the natural and historic features associated with Avista’s Idaho and Washington hydroelectric developments. The Interpretation and Education Plan includes important public safety information that if followed will help provide for a safe and enjoyable experience while recreating.

Interpretation and Education Plan

Regulators, agency partners, and stakeholders: Idaho Fish and Game, Kootenai County Parks and Waterways, Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, Idaho State Historic Preservation Office, U. S. Forest Service, Post Falls Parks and Recreation, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Recreation Correspondence

Communication and correspondence between Avista, its agency partners, regulators, and stakeholders is essential as Avista implements its recreation programs to enhance recreation resources at the Spokane River Hydroelectric Developments.

The following documents and correspondences are provided for your reference:

Spokane River Hydroelectric Developments (Upper Falls, Monroe Street, Nine Mile, and Long Lake)

FERC Letter Requesting Additional Information on the November 19, 2012 Rec Plan Amendment
Avista Letter to FERC (dated May 25, 2010)
Avista Letters to Agencies (dated April 15, 2010)
WDFW Letter with Comments (dated May 14, 2010)
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Letter (dated May 6, 2010) 

Post Falls Hydroelectric Development

Avista Letter to FERC (dated May 25, 2010)
U.S. Department of Interior Letter (dated May 6, 2010)
Idaho Fish and Game E-mail (dated April 19, 2010)
Kootenai County Parks and Waterways E-mail (dated April 15, 2010)
Idaho State Parks and Recreation Letter (dated May 10, 2010)
Avista Letter to FERC Submitting Trailer Park Assessment (dated November 23, 2010)
Avista Letter to Idaho Dept. of Parks and Recreation (dated October 14, 2010)
Idaho State Parks and Recreation Letter commenting on the Trailer Park Wave Assessment Report (dated November 18, 2010)
Avista Letter to Idaho Fish and Game regarding Trailer Park Wave Assessment Report (dated October 14, 2010)
Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game E-mail approving the Trailer Park proposal (dated November 19, 2010)
Avista Letter to Kootenai County Parks and Waterways (dated October 14, 2010)
Kootenai County Parks and Waterways E-mail approving the Trailer Park Assessment (dated November 23, 2010) 
FERC Order Modifying and Approving Recreation Plan and Trailer Park Wave Access Site Assessment Pursuant to Articles 416 and 417 

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Recreation Contacts

The contact information including the web sites for the regulators, agency partners, and stakeholders that Avista works with as it implements the Spokane River Project Recreation Plan is provided below:

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission (Washington State Parks)

Washington Department of Natural Resources (Washington DNR)

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Idaho Department of Fish and Game

Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (Idaho DPR)

U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

Idaho State Historic Preservation Office (Idaho SHPO)

For more information about Avista’s Recreation Programs, please contact:

Rene' Wiley
Recreation, Land Use and Cultural Resource Specialist
Avista Utilities
1411 E. Mission Ave.,  MSC-1
Spokane, WA 99220-3727
Office: (509) 495-2919
rene.wiley@avistacorp.com

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Recreation management Settlement Agreements

The primary elements of the recreation management settlement agreements include:

Monitoring

Avista conducts extensive public use surveys at each of its hydroelectric developments every six years. These surveys allow Avista and the agency partners to assess public recreational experiences and to determine trends in behavior and use over the long term.

Management

Avista works with multiple partners to manage its recreation facilities. To accomplish this, Avista has entered into settlement agreements with the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Kootenai County Parks and Waterways, Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, and the City of Coeur d’Alene. Avista also has contracts with the City of Post Falls to manage Q’emlin and Falls Parks in Post Falls, ID and with Washington State Parks to manage public recreation its Nine Mile and Lake Spokane properties, located in Washington.

Submittal of the Nine Mile Falls and Lake Spokane Recreation and Land Use Management Lease Agreement to FERC 

Settlement Agreements:

R-36451  U.S. Bureau of Land Management 
R-37277 USDA Forest Service
R-35529 Kootenai County Parks and Waterways
R-36978 Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation
R-35677 Idaho Department of Fish and Game
R-35556 City of Coeur d’Alene Parks Department

Management Agreements:

2005-0564 City of Post Falls Parks and Recreation
R-20103 Washington State Department of Natural Resources
2007-0022 Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission

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