The water trails are great for small boat enthusiasts and paddlers. They offer an excellent opportunity to travel along a marked route along the river, providing access zones to ecological and historical sites. Traveling along these trails, you can also find special places for picnic and overnight stay. While traveling with a guide, you can listen to the environment, history and culture of the region. The water trails offer paddlers the opportunity to relax outdoors, do outdoor fitness and spend time with the family.
The Pend Oreille River Water Trail covers 70 miles of the Pend Oreille River. The Water Trail begins in Oldtown, Idaho state, then follows the river north through Pend Oreille County, in Northeastern Washington, all the way up to Boundary Dam, just one mile shy of Southeastern British Columbia, Canada.
The water trails of Northeast Washington
The water trails of Northeast Washington have been travelled for centuries. Northeast Washington is a land of water, from the mighty Columbia River and the northern Pend Oreille River to the pipe-friendly Kettle River and many of the region’s smaller rivers and tributaries. Right now, the Pend Oreille River Trail is the only official water trail in the area with signs and maps, but other trails are in the planning stages.
The North reach of the Pend Oreille River Water Trail
The North reach of the Pend Oreille River Water Trail flows by three small towns (Ione, Metaline and Metaline Falls), two dams (Box Canyon and Boundary), the Metaline Falls Rapid, amazing wildlife habitat, the striking Peewee Waterfall, and the lower 10-mile Canyon Reach with its impressive rock walls and unique geology. This 24-mile reach offers three developed campgrounds, two city parks, a private campground and cabin resort, a hotel, and a number of dispersed recreation sites.
Here is Pend Oreille River Water Trail Plan North reach.