Adrenalin-fueled whitewater, serene mountain lakes, meandering rivers – the inland northwest has it all, and the Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club offers the perfect way to experience all of them. Dedicated to promoting paddling of all types – canoes, kayaks (whitewater, sea, recreational) rafts, even paddle boards – the SCKC welcomes all paddlers of non-motorized craft.
If you’re new to our area, check out our calendar for an idea of the kinds of group adventures we offer. You’re welcome to join us on a Wednesday evening whitewater paddle or a Thursday evening flat water paddle to get a taste of the activities we offer. Check the calendar for times and locations. Go to the “What’s New?” page to download a printable PDF of this year’s trip schedule, revised and updated as of August 4th.
Look over the paddling clinics information. One of the SCKC’s goals is to promote the knowledge and basic skills necessary to be safe on the water and to ensure a positive paddling experience. Each summer our clinics provide paddlers an opportunity to train with ACA certified instructors to learn basic canoe and kayak skills. These classes are structured both for new boaters and for those wanting to brush up on their skills. You must be a member of SCKC to participate in these clinics. Pre-registration is required.
Once you see the fun and friends that await you on the water with the Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club you’ll want to join. It’s quick and easy!
Words from the President – September 2014
What a month August was for SCKC reaching out to the paddling community! August 1st saw 35 SCKC members, family and friends join together for a Spokesman-Review “photo-op”/paddle, promoting the upcoming Spokane River Classic. On August 9th, Paddle, Splash & Play introduced at least 50 persons, mostly children, to the enjoyable sport of paddling; free of charge! A couple of members answered REI’s call for swimmer safety at the Wunder Woman Triathlon on the 16th. On August 23rd the much anticipated “Spokane River Classic” took place with 134 paddlers, and 37 volunteers enjoying the celebration. (See article and images.) Wednesday and Thursday Night Paddles were in full swing. The numbers of people involved in paddling during August was staggering! Each and every SCKC member and selfless volunteer can take pride in the way your club has vigorously promoted the sport of paddling. And if you were involved in any of these activities in any way, hold your chin up even higher! I am truly honored and fortunate to have you serving with me. Thank you, many times over.
As awesome as this is, we have some challenges immediately in front of us. Most notable is one of leadership, or scarcity of it. (Oh-Oh! Here he goes again!) Leadership emanates from the Paddle Board. For years we have been carrying entirely too many vacancies on the Board. The “Classic” took hundreds of hours of planning to “Get it Right”, which it succeeded in doing. But the toll on the few dedicated members “packing the freight” is becoming apparent. Some have served for a decade or more, holding multiple positions simultaneously. We can anticipate the departure of more than a couple of talented and driven members at the end of their terms in October. Without replacements and additional members for the Paddle Board, SCKC cannot sustain its outstanding performance. On a positive note, Bonnie Mandel has stepped up to carry on in the capacity of Eddy Line editor, a vital position. Thank you Bonnie! We have a proud club history going back to 1971. But only with your involvement can this legacy continue onward into the future. Only you can make it happen.
Stan Mrzygod – President
Spokane River Classic – A Huge Success!
The most ambitious SCKC sponsored event in decades came off almost flawlessly on a picture perfect Saturday morning. Activities centered on the sprawling McKinstry Station campus along the banks of the Spokane River half a mile east of downtown Spokane
The Don Kardong – Centennial Trail Bridge was the start and finish line for both the 5.4 mile Endurance and 1.3 mile Citizen’s courses which featured a challenging buoys slalom course. Among the 134 paddlers enjoying the festivities were participants from Canada and Slovakia – Read more by clicking here.
Paddle Board meetings – are held at Mountain Gear’s corporate office, 6021 E. Mansfield, Spokane, on the first Monday of each month during the fall and winter. Next meetings are Sept 8th and Oct. 6th both at 6:30pm (open to all SCKC members)
Upcoming events! -
- September 26th, 6pm – Awards Potluck/Short Paddling Film Festival – Mountain Gear’s corporate office, 6021 E. Mansfield, Spokane
Come to the Awards Potluck with your own awards for fellow club members. This is your chance to awards your fellow paddlers with awards such as “Best Swimmer”, “Most days on the water” or any others you can think of. Have FUN with it! There will be a raffle with great prizes. Each SCKC member gets a free raffle ticket. There is also the 4th annual Paddling Short Film festival, where members highlight short films of their year paddling. Just come with your favorite potluck item and beverage of choice (BYOB – we will have a liquor license) and see all you paddling buddies for a night of great fun!!
General meetings - SCKC general meetings are held at Mountain Gear’s corporate office, 6021 E. Mansfield, Spokane, on the fourth Monday of each month during the fall and winter. Check the calendar for details on upcoming meetings, starting again in September. Next General meeting is Monday, October 27th, 7 PM. Author John Roskelley, presents his new book “Paddling the Columbia” and Paddle Board elections, Mountain Gear Corporate Office 6021 E Mansfield
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