Pend Oreille River Water Trail
The Pend Oreille River Water Trail covers 70 miles of the Pend Oreille River. The Water Trail begins in Oldtown, ID, then follows the river north through Pend Oreille County in Northeastern Washington, all the way up to Boundary Dam, just one mile shy of Southeastern British Columbia, Canada. And yes, we said north – the Pend Oreille River is one of a handful of major rivers in the U.S. that flows north.
The Pend Oreille River is home to abundant wildlife and offers natural, historical, cultural, and scenic points of interest including the Kalispel Indian Reservation, home to the Kalispel Tribe the original paddlers of the Pend Oreille River. The water trail provides an opportunity for people to become reconnected to the river and learn the rich historical and natural resources stories of the valley. The creation of a formalized water trail can protect natural resources by dispersing use, identifying appropriate public access points, and encouraging leave-no-trace ethics.