Island's Trailhead Boat Slide Is Underway

Sean Visintainer - 02/29/16

Island's Trailhead Boat Slide/Launch, Spokane River.

Your Money Hard at Work.

"Wow, way cool!" was the first words out of our mouths when we went on a short field trip to check out how the Island's Trailhead Boat Slide was coming along. Last Friday the Spokane Riverkeeper group, Mike and I headed over to the boat slide project and were pleasantly surprised to see that a lot of work had been done since the start of the construction earlier this month.

For those that don't know what's going on, the last couple year's we have hosted the International Fly Fishing Film Tour and Spokane River Benefit. The 2015 fundraiser helped raise money to build a boat slide on the upper Spokane River at the Island's Trailhead near Plante's Ferry Park. The boat slide was projected to cost a little over $100k which had mostly been secured through grants and hard work by the Spokane River Forum folks, the $10,000 raised at our event would be the final amount needed to complete the project.

This boat slide is hopefully the first a couple more that could potentially go in on the River. It will be predominately used at a take out location for drift boats, rafts, and kayakers that are putting in upstream at Barker or Harvard Rd. Kayakers and other "flat water" paddlers can use it as a put-in, taking out downstream near Boulder Beach, although there is no official take-out there for larger vessels.

Silver Bow will continue to keep you in the loop on it's progress. Can't for the slide to be completed this spring!

2015 Article about fundraiser.

  • Island's Trailhead Boat Slide development. Boat Launch development Site.
  • Upstream view from the river. Upstream view from the river.

  • Concrete Footings Boat slide concrete footings.
  • Island's Trailhead Boat Launch and Restoration Sign. Project Signage.