Spokane River Reviews
Spokane River, A Diver's Perspective Feb 12, 2012
There are several places along the Spokane River for divers to enter and enjoy some views of a great local underwater environment.
For divers that enjoy drift dives, the entry point for this one is at Mirabeau Park, with the exit at Railroad Trail Head. There is a railroad track that goes across the river; this is NOT the exit point. There is only one bridge across the river, and if you go past this you actually passed the easier exit point. You can still make an exit anywhere along the river, though I don't recommend going past the bridge due to the high banks of the river when it's not flooded. I have done this before, so unless you know how to rig ropes or are in Navy SEAL shape to mountain climb with scuba gear, aim for the exit point upriver. Also, there is a dam further downriver from the bridge. However, if your dive time is taking longer than 2 hours (which is could easily do, depending on flow speed) surface and look around. I highly recommend taking someone that is familiar with the area or at least get information from the local dive shop or local divers.
Another great entry point is at Plantes Ferry Park, either from the park itself or slightly further down at Railroad Bridge Trailhead. During the spring and early summer, it is not recommended to dive due to the current speeds when the Post Fall dam is open; also, there really isn't anything to see due to silt, unless you're up for one wild ride! -- something else I have done once before after misjudging the water clarity. Fun ride, but the rapids in the early section of the dive got a little hairy because of the rate of speed of the current mixed with the rocks. NOT recommended unless you're a daredevil with great medical insurance...
Cons aside, this is still a great place to do some dives in the local area. There are bass, rainbow and brown trout, and crawfish to be seen on just about every dive. I've even seen a family of beavers swimming around.
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