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Little Spokane River Shuttle

River Shuttle

Leave the driving to us! We will provide you and your canoe or kayak transportation from the 9 Mile Take Out of the Little Spokane River to the put in at St. George’s. The shuttle runs on Saturdays and Sundays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., July 3 – September 5. You can show up anytime throughout the day. $10.

NEW THIS YEAR: SEASON PASSES! That's right, for the first time ever, we're offering season passes for the Little Spokane River Shuttle. A single person pass is just $85 for the entire season. Like paddling with a buddy? We've got you covered with our special "You +1" pass where for just $100, not only can you use the Rive Shuttle for the entire season, but you can bring a companion as well! NOTE: Season passes may only be used by the person who's name the pass is purchased under.

Pre-register online or pay on-site with credit or debit (sorry, no cash or checks). Please call 509.363.5418 for operating information. No inner tubes, rafts, dogs or alcohol allowed. PFD’s required (Life Jacket). Youth 17 & under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Discover Parking Pass required for your vehicle. You can purchase a Discover Pass today by visiting discoverpass.wa.gov.

Driving directions to Little Spokane River Shuttle Meeting Location at 9-Mile Take Out:

  • From I-90 take Exit 280A Maple St.
  • Go North on Walnut St. .2 miles
  • Slight left to stay on Walnut St. .2 miles
  • Continue on to N. Maple St. 1.5 miles
  • Turn left on W. Northwest Blvd. 2.4 miles
  • Continue onto N. Assembly St. 1.0 miles
  • Turn left onto W. 9 Mile Rd. Also known as Hwy 291 6.8 miles
  • Just after the sign for the Spokane House Turn left onto N. Shoemaker Ln.-.25 miles

Look for our shuttle signs and our van and kayak trailer with our staff waiting outside of it. If the shuttle isn't there when you arrive, don't worry it will be back!

The shuttle operates from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., last shuttle leaves the 9mile take out at 4 p.m.

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.
Safety

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.
https://parks.state.wa.us/832/Paddlesports

WildLife

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.

Strainers

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

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).