The Spokane River’s headwaters begin at Lake Coeur d’Alene in Idaho and continue into the Columbia River. The Spokane River is home to the largest urban waterfall in the United States. Of all the outdoor activities near Spokane and Coeur d’Alene, floating or rafting the river is usually a popular choice. Our whitewater or scenic raft trips begin just downriver of the Spokane Falls in Riverfront Park, only a few minutes from downtown!
This route is the most adventurous on the Spokane River! We meet in Peaceful Valley and suit you up with all necessary equipment, including wetsuits when needed. We will instruct you with essential equipment and safety techniques prior to getting you on the river. Before you hit your first set of rapids, the Spokane River provides an abundance of wildlife and plenty of opportunities for swimming and or relaxing. Your guide will navigate you through two Class III rapids. First up is “Bowl and Pitcher.” This rapid will take you through exciting whitewater while going under Riverside State Park’s wood swinging bridge. Next up is “Devil’s Toenail,” another exciting class III rapid with plenty of splashes and heart-pumping fun! Drinks are provided after the trip. Leave the noise and responsibility behind and allow us to create these live-in-the-moment memories that can be so rare and last a lifetime!
This tour is ideal for families with young children, beginners, or large groups looking for a relaxing day on the river. We often accommodate girl/boy scouts, youth camps, church outings, parasports, and business/corporate groups. We launch in Peaceful Valley and take out before the rapids at Bowl and Pitcher in Riverside State Park. This section of the river will have a few class II rapids we like to call the “Splash & Giggle.” Drinks and games are provided by your fun-loving tour guides, along with plenty of opportunities to swim and gaze at the views and wildlife this river offers. This option is great if you’re visiting the Spokane or Coeur d’ Alene area and looking for a relaxing adventure surrounded by the beauty of the Inland Northwest.
Relax while taking in the views that surround you as Wiley E. Waters spoils you from start to finish! We include a charcuterie board to pair along with fine wines produced locally in the Spokane area. Who can think of a better way to float the Spokane river in class? Must be 21 and ready to have fun! Minimum group of 8 or more. Please call for all available options.
We meet at 1701 W. Water ave in Spokane, Wa. This is where you will meet your rafting guide and put in on the river. We have dry bags available for belongings you do not wish to leave in your vehicle while on the river. Street parking is available. There are no bathrooms or changing facilities on site. Please note that this is just a river/parking access point and not our physical place of business.
While on the Spokane River, we will be passing by Hangman’s creek, “The Big Bend,” Downriver disc golf course, the Spokane Rifle Range, and Fairmont Memorial Park, to name a few. While going around the “Big Bend,” you will see a beautiful wall of swallows nests. On a typical day, there is plenty of wildlife to be seen, such as ducks, geese, deer, and even the occasional moose. And to think- you can take in all these sights while still in the city limits of Spokane.
This popular spot is made from lava rock that water eroded to look like a pitcher about to pour. Bowl and Pitcher is a class III rapid; get ready to paddle together! Plenty of splashes and laughs on this one. This section of the river has Riverside State Parks’ infamous wood swinging bridge. Suppose you are looking for a picnic spot or camping grounds to visit after your rafting trip. In that case, this is a beautiful place to explore on its many loop trails [To reserve a campsite, click here] For more information, here are some helpful sites: Washington Trails Association, Washington State Park
It may have an intimidating name, but there’s nothing to fear! This is one of the area’s most popular and exciting rafting areas, boasting class III rapids along the whitewater route. This is a great opportunity to get in some bigger white water. Be ready to get wet!
After roughly two hours on the river, we pull off at Plese Flats, inside Riverside State Park. At this time, feel free to grab a drink from the cooler or use the facilities while guides load boats and gear. Once the equipment is loaded, we’ll have you jump in the Wiley van for a 20-minute shuttle ride back to your vehicle.
Need time away from the city and all the noises that come with it? These tours have plenty of flat water and leisure time to help you unwind. Also, an excellent opportunity for swimming and playing games on the raft if you desire, making this the perfect family fun adventure. Choose Wiley for one of the best outdoor activities or things to do in the Spokane/ Coeur d’ Alene area. Trip Advisor’s #1 ranked rafting company in Spokane. We strive to make you feel the same and mark this as one of the highlights while you’re visiting or traveling through the area!
Wiley E. Waters will raft unless there is lightning on the forecast. We will provide the proper gear for all other weather conditions and get you out on the river for your scheduled trip. Same-day cancellations or no-shows charged in full.
We know things come up that require you to re-schedule your trip; Wiley will always do our best to accommodate a preferred date. If you need to cancel your trip entirely, we will provide a full refund if given 48 hours’ notice. If you cancel within 48 hours or do not show up, you will be charged in full. We have a 10% cancellation retainer fee for any groups over 20 canceled within two weeks.
From I-90 W, take exit 280B
Merge then onto S Lincoln St for 0.7 mi.
Turn left onto W Main Ave for 0.3 mi
Continue straight to stay on W Main Ave for 0.3 mi
Turn right onto N Ash St for 259 ft
Turn left onto W Water Ave
Park on street (no permit required)