The Little Spokane River is only a short drive from downtown, yet you enter an amazing little ecosystem that makes you feel you are a million miles away. This is a great place to take all levels of paddlers because the current is almost lake like in the summer. No coasting on this river if you want to move along you will be paddling. Put in a St Georges to Painted Rock is about 3 miles (half way point) and you can continue to take out on 291 for a total of about 6 miles. Depending on how you like to float or paddle, this whole route can take about 2 1/2-4 hours. The first half has a bit more current and requires a bit of navigating. The second half starting at Painted Rock is a more leisure float. The river is more exposed in this section and gets hot in the summer afternoons.
The Little Spokane is a natural area which means that inter tubes, dogs, alcohol, swimming are not allowed. This is not where you want to party, but instead, enjoy the peaceful and serene experience that this area offers. Becuase it is protected it is common to see the beaver, blue heron, deer, raccoons, moose, marmots and other resident wildlife. Please refer to “Things to Do” for more details and history of the Little Spokane River.
Ken spends many hours horseback riding and boating in the park. Since his property adjoins the park his daily access is a way of life. Ken is a founding member of RSPF and has been a key contributor in representing the equestrian interests and facilities in the park. Ken is also involved with Friends of Mt. Spokane State Park, Lake Spokane Association and Back Country Horsemen of Washington.