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Little Spokane River Shuttle

River Shuttle

NOTICE: The Little Spokane River Shuttle is canceled for 2020 due to staffing impacts of COVID-19.

Paddler Information

NOTICE: The Little Spokane River Natural Area is operated by Riverside State Park. Visit their website for more information about the park.

Natural Area

The Little Spokane River Natural Area was established by the commission to conserve a unique natural environment in a nearly undeveloped state for passive low density outdoor recreation activities. To conserve the natural resources, scenic beauty and tranquility of the area, the following are prohibited within the Little Spokane River Natural Area:

  1. Bicycles.
  2. Camping.
  3. Commercial development or activities.
  4. Consumption of alcoholic beverages.
  5. Fires or fireworks.
  6. Horseback riding.
  7. Hunting.
  8. Motorized boats, personal watercraft, or boats propelled by means other than oars or paddles; use of canoes, rowboats, kayaks and rafts is specifically authorized.
  9. Pets including all dogs except assistance dogs for persons with disabilities.
  10. Swimming, or use of inner tubes, air mattresses or similar floatation devices.
  11. Travel by foot, skis or snowshoes off designated trails or outside designated corridors.

Please watch this general safety video produced by the Professional Paddlesports Association (PPA) and American Canoe Association (ACA).

Personal Floatation Devices

Washington State Law states that ALL persons on the Little Spokane must wear a coast guard approved, and correctly fitted Personal Floatation Device (Life Jacket) and have an attached signaling device (whistle).

Wear a life jacket. State law requires all vessels, including canoes, kayaks and stand up paddleboards, to have at least one properly fitted Coast Guard-approved life jacket for each person on board. All children, 12 years of age or younger, are always required to wear life jackets. Modern, comfortable life jackets are tailored specifically for paddlesports. Inflatable life jackets are only allowed for persons 16 years of age or older. No matter your age and skill level, you're encouraged to wear a life jacket every time you go out on the water.


This unique little river and natural area is home to 100’s of species including but not limited to moose, deer, blue heron, ducks, beavers, trout, bass, and numerous other animals. Please give the wildlife space! Warn other paddlers of hazards when you can.


The Little Spokane River has or may have trees along the shoreline that overhang into the water as well as downed trees in river called strainers. This can pose a danger to you if you’re not fully aware of what to do when and if a strainer is encountered.

Paddlers on rivers must be particularly cautious around fallen trees or other obstacles in the water that permit water to pass through while retaining solid objects (people, gear, boats etc.). The current can push boats or swimmers toward the strainers, causing them to become entrapped. All paddlers must understand the potential risks of such obstacles, be able to recognize these hazards, and have the skills to avoid them.


Bathrooms are available at the 9-mile take out, as well as at the St. Georges Put-In. If you need a bathroom break half way, there are also restrooms available just up the trail from the Indian Painted Rocks put-in (NOTE: our shuttle does not service this area).