Stand-up paddle boards banned from popular Spokane setup
Kayaks will be available for hire at the Saint George Garage for the first time this summer.
SPOKANE, Wash .– Saint George’s facility on the Little Spokane River in Riverside State Park has banned paddleboards this summer.
The change is in accordance with Washington Administrative Code 352-32-15001. This limits certain activities that could damage the habitat of the park. It is a popular place for many Spokanites to paddleboard in the summer. Since the rise in popularity of paddleboards, park staff have noticed a decline in natural resources, according to Washington State Parks and Recreation.
When the code was first written, paddleboards weren’t very popular. However, paddleboard users are more likely to be in the water like inner tube users. This makes them unlike other licensed personal watercraft like canoes, rowboats, kayaks or rafts, according to Washington State Parks and Recreation.
For the first time, kayak rentals will be available at the discount. Spokane Parks and Recreation has partnered with the state to provide the service. Rentals will begin later this summer.
Don’t worry, there are other places in Spokane where paddleboarding is allowed:
- Please apartments on the Spokane River
- Nine Mile Recreation Area on Spokane Lake
- Installation of Carlson Road at the top of the dam
- Spokane Lake Day Use Area on Spokane Lake
There are also a number of other things that are prohibited in the Little Spokane Natural Area. They are:
- Business development or activities
- Consumption of alcoholic beverages
- Fires or fireworks
- Ride a horse
- Motorboats, personal watercraft or boats propelled by means other than oars or paddles; the use of canoes, rowboats, kayaks and rafts is specifically permitted
- Pets, including all dogs except assistance dogs for the disabled.
- Swim or use inner tubes, air mattresses or similar flotation devices
- Travel on foot, on skis or snowshoes off designated trails or outside designated lanes
This does not apply to search and rescue, emergency drug response, law enforcement or firefighting activities. Washington State Parks and Recreation said it is a natural area where recreation is not the priority.