Paddle the Palouse River


The Palouse River is a renowned canoe and kayaking destination. Scenic, sparkling channels meander through grasslands shaded by cottonwoods, willows, alders and tall pine trees. You’ll see deer, turtles, owls, occasionally moose, and stunning rock formations with colonies of nesting cliff swallows. Ideal flow levels occur in late spring.


Trip 1: Put in at the Palouse’s Hayton-Greene Park, take out at the Eden Valley Bridge after 2-3 hours.

Trip 2: (Highly recommended!) Put in at the Palouse’s Hayton-Greene Park, continue through Eden Valley, and take out at the city of Elberton after about 5 hours of paddling.

Trip 3: Put in approximately 3 miles upriver from Palouse at the North River Road bridge in Idaho. After about 3 hours you’ll glide under the city walking bridge, then take out at the Palouse’s Hayton-Greene Park.

NWS Palouse River Flow Rates
USGS Palouse River Flow Rates
(Near Potlatch at US95)

~ Our Thanks to Carie Saunders