The Spokane River, a local favorite for Centuries

The Spokane River Today

The Spokane River is truly a site to behold.  Being voted #2 for the Best Riverfront Cities in America was no surprise to locals as we have been adoring our river for centuries.

The Liberty Building being adjacent to Riverfront Park gives us a year round view of this glorious river.  Today, like many others we took advantage of the spring sunshine and ventured down to one of Riverfront Park’s pedestrian bridges to feel the hydraulic power of the falls and be misted from the raging waters below.


Spokane River March 2016

Early History of the Spokane River

In it’s heyday the Spokane River produced some of the largest salmon (50-80 pounds) and in some of the greatest numbers and was hailed as one of the most productive salmon streams in the entire Columbia system.   For this reason people came great distances to fish these prolific salmon runs.  It is said that 200 and 5,000 Indians gathered on the Spokane every year, some of them coming from hundreds of miles away.

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Lithograph of the Spokane River 1853 (via the Wa State Historic Society)

The salmon camps persisted even after the city of Spokane Falls was established in 1881. The camps lasted until 1915 when the Long Lake Dam was built blocking the upper three-quarters of the Spokane and ending the run of the salmon.

Although, no longer packed with salmon, the Spokane River is still a site to behold and a favorite among anglers, adventure seekers and nature lovers.

Three Ways to Explore the Spokane River

  • Walk the Centenial Trail which is a 37.5 mile paved trail running from the Idaho/Washington Boarder to Nine Mile Falls, Wa.
  • Silverbow Fly Shop offers guided fishing tours which generally begin in June and their experienced guides can teach you all about our native Redband Trout.
  • For the more adventurous spirit, sign up for a whitewater rafting trip with Row Adventures.

What are some of your favorite ways to explore the Spokane River?


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