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Class II-III+

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County : Spokane
   Gauge Information (Professor Paddle updated levels from SPOKANE RIVER AT SPOKANE, WA at 7/15/2020 3:18:40 PM)
Gauge Forecast Height Current Flow Authority Physical Update
SPOKANE RIVER AT SPOKANE, WA n/a 18.4  2080 cfs  USGS - NWIS 07-15-2020 14:45:00
Minimum Recomended Level:  2000 cfs     Maximum Recomended Level:  30000 cfs 

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We ran this on the way back from the Selway. Due to the waste water treatment plant, I have no choice but to now dub this section "The SMELLWAY" because of the strange odor that accompanies you throughout the run. Other than that it is visually appealing, and we saw lots of wildlife in the form of birds.We saw more birds here than on our 5 day Selway trip. I wouldn't want to commercially raft this pungent waterway-though appartently there's a few companies that do.

  Fun Facts

There's a stinky flume of water pumping into the river from the wastewater treatment plant (the plant looks like an evil villain set design for a James Bond movie). This flume of greyish-brown water looks like a microscopic version of Sunset Falls! I tried to convince Leif to run it to no avail, promising him fame and fortune to rival Rob, but he didn't take the foul smelling bait. You may not want to flip downstream of here.

   Run Description

It was just under 6,000 cfs when we were there. Not much to this run in the form of whitewater.It's mostly class I, with some class II, and two "major rapids". "Bowl and Pitcher" could be called a class III-, but seemed more like class II. "Devil's Toenail" is a legit class III along R. Right, with more class IV-ish lines to the left. So if I happened to live in "Spocompton" (a nickname I've heard with surprising frequency), I'd hit this run up if it was all there was to paddle.

"Devil's Toenail" (WTF?- his eyeball is on the Wenatchee) looked straightforward down the far right, as stated above, and there's a variety of routes from the center all the way over to the far left side of this short, canyon-like rapid. In fact, There's a gnarly pillow move against the far left bank that looked downright class V-ish! (I didn't venture over there!)

At the very least, a novelty run folks should hit if they find themselves passing through town with a boat on the racks.


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