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What is the weather like in Spokane and Coeur d'Alene?

Summer is great for recreation with many mountains and lakes nearby.  Many people confuse this area with Seattle/Portland type weather where it constantly rains.  Spokane and Coeur d'Alene boast 260 sunny days out of the year and the average annual rain fall is just 16 inches! The average temperature in July is 83 degrees F. 

Winter days are often foggy and the average temperature in December is 35 degrees F. The average snow fall is about 46 inches a year in lower elevations. The near by mountains are great for the skiing and snowboarding season.

Is the water cold in the lakes and rivers?

During the summer both the lakes and rivers warm up nicely and are very pleasant especially with the warm sun and beautiful blue skies!

What activities are there for families with children?

The ROW Adventure Center welcomes families of all sizes!  Some activities have minimum age requirements but most kids can go rafting on the Clark Fork River, while teens can join us on the St. Joe or fly-fishing.  These activities help kids get outside, play and truly explore the region!

Are there beaches in the area or other places to swim?

Coeur d'Alene has a big beach and park where travelers and locals flock to daily.  It's just a couple blocks west of the ROW Adventure Center!

The Spokane River has a few parks up and down the river where people swim, rock jump and have lunch.  A few of the popular ones are: Minnehaha on Upriver Drive, Riverside State Park, and Sullivan Park in the Spokane Valley.

How long has ROW Adventures been around?

1979 was our first guided trip!  The founders and owners still today, Peter Grubb and Betsy Bowen, have been guiding trips for over 40 years.

How do I get to the trip? Is there a shuttle?

There is not a shuttle service from Coeur d’Alene or Spokane Area. You will meet your guides at your specific trip meeting location near the river, specified in your reservation letter. ROW will then transport you from your vehicles to the river and at the end of the trip from the river back to your vehicles.

I want to remember the fantastic river trip, do you have any souvenirs for sale?

Guides will have souvenirs set out for sale prior to your river trip and upon return to your vehicles. Merchandise varies upon location; you can expect to see Chums (eyeglass retaining straps), waterproof phone cases, t-shirts, hats, etc.

Where can I keep my phone? I want to take pictures.

Pictures are a great way to remember the great trip you had. Electronics and water do not go well together, so keeping your phone dry is a priority. There are waterproof phone pouches that have a connecting lanyard; these are great inexpensive options. We sell these at each river outpost. You can also buy a specific waterproof phone case for your phone. A third option is to use a dry bag and clip that into the boat and only open it when you want to take photos, then be sure to seal it and re-attach it to the boat.  

We like to say the river has expensive taste; if it is valuable to you, the river will want to take it. Each river has its own collection bucket for car keys and we suggest locking any other personal items in your car.