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IF4 Film and Spokane River Access Fundraiser

Sean Visintainer - 02/23/15

IF4 Film and Spokane River Access Fundraiser

Help support us in raising money for public drift boat access on the upper Spokane River.

We are pleased to announce we have scheduled our annual Spokane River Benefit and IF4 Films for March 25th at the Bing Crosby Theater. This year we have partnered with Spokane River Forum, Spokane Trout Unlimited and Spokane Riverkeeper to help raise funds for a non-motorized boat slide access area at the Island's Trailhead just below Plante's Ferry Park. This new take-out area on the Upper Spokane will open up approximately 8 miles of river to drift boats, rafts, canoes, kayaks and other non-motorized boats. The boat slide will also serve as a launching site for those looking for a flat water paddling experience down to Boulder Beach. In addition to providing a safer put-in / take-out location, the plans include repairing 500 feet of riparian habitat near the boat slide area.

So what does this all mean for you the fly fisher? Well, it means if you are interested in floating the upper Spokane River in your drift boat, raft, or pontoon boat, you now will have an official take-out location providing access to the best section of trout fishing in the Spokane Valley. Drift boat anglers will be able to launch at the Harvard Rd access site or the newly improved boat launch at the state-line. Rafters or pontoon boaters will be able to launch at Barker as well for shorter floats.

Most of the funding has been provided by the state and other organizations, however, we still need to raise $6000 to complete this project. While the Upper Spokane River still needs a lot of help improving fish and invertebrate populations, spawning habitat and water quality this is just one step in improving the Spokane River for everyone. Last year was a huge success in raising $7400 for Redband Trout research on the Spokane River. Please help us make this years Spokane River Benefit another great event!

International Fly Fishing Film Festival Spokane River Access Fundraiser

Spokane River Islands Trailhead Drift Boat Access Overview. Spokane River Islands Trailhead Drift Boat Access.

Spokane River Islands Trailhead Trailer Loading Area and Riparian Repair. Spokane River Islands Trailhead Trailer Loading Area and Riparian Repair.

Profile of Islands Trailhead Drift Boat Slide. Profile of Islands Trailhead Drift Boat Slide.

Bank view of the Islands Trailhead Drift Boat Access site. Bank view of the Islands Trailhead Drift Boat Access Site.

Islands Trailhead Project Site. Islands Trailhead Project Site.

2015 IF4 Spokane River Access Poster.
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