Looking for a great escape in nature? The Inland Northwest is just that! With over 200 lakes and rivers within a short distance of downtown Spokane it’s easy to find the perfect one to suit you. And, you don’t even have to leave the city if you don’t want to.
The Spokane river flows right through the city center with the Centennial trail alongside of it, giving you miles of paved walking trails. The waterfalls are visible at multiple points in Riverfront park and from both the Maple Street and Monroe Street bridges. They are a sight to behold especially with the spring run off.
Just a short drive away is Lake Coeur d’Alene, probably the most well known lake in the area. It is over 200 miles long. You can stay at the Coeur d’Alene resort, other resorts or there are lots of great camping spots and inlets to explore. If you enjoy water sports there are also boat, kayak and paddle board rentals.
Lake Pend Orielle is another gorgeous lake in a much less populated area. Many of the shores around this lake have sand beaches and are part of state parks, allowing for lots of camping and wildlife.
Throughout this area there are also many other smaller lakes that offer boating, fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, public swimming and much more! Some of our favorites are: Williams Lake (south of Cheney), Silver Lake, Diamond Lake (north of Spokane) and the Little Spokane River. Many are great for day trips, hiking, biking and exploring!