Welcome To The Northwest Whitewater Association!

Welcome to the website of the Northwest Whitewater Association. We are a whitewater rafting club based in Spokane, Washington. Our goal is to promote whitewater boating, safety, and conservation. We've been around since 1989 – now over 25 GREAT years and counting – helping unite river runners across the region.

Northwest Whitewater Association members are private recreational boaters that share a common interest in floating the great rivers of the Inland Pacific Northwest. JOIN US! Your 25 bucks annual dues for families and kids 18 & under gets you involved in floats and events on and for the local rivers, prizes and entertainment galore, and of course our entertaining and informative newsletter, The NWA News!

Go ahead...click here to pay your 2016 dues.

NWA meetings are generally held every 1st Wednesday of the month at the world famous Jack & Dan's Bar and Grille – voted one of America's Top-10 sports bars by Sports Illustrated. J & D's is at the corner of Hamlton and Sharp in Spokane.

NWA Facebook: Connect with other river users on the club's Facebook page. Click here to find us.

Join our NWA Yahoo Users Group: This is a great way to keep in touch with our membership and other boaters. Learn about events and trips. Post your own trip info for members. To become a member send us an E-mail and we'll get you invited.

NWA is proud to be an affilliated club with American Whitewater

Upcoming events and activities:

Our 2016 calendar is posted – Click Here

Wednesday, April 6 – NWA Meeting on overnight/extended trips

We invite you to be sure to attend our April NWA meeting that will bring in some of our many experienced boaters in the club to present a program on extended and overnight trips. They will provide tips on all things related to that experience that can only be had on wilderness river trips.

Want to provide your expertise? Have something you want covered? Email presenters Larry Johnson (biglar@ieway.com), Wayne Benjamin (go2waynesworld@roadrunner.com) or Bart Rayniak (jbrayniak@hotmail.com).

We also invite any local/area vendors to participate and we’ll toss in some swag as door prizes, too with EXTRA tickets to all 2016 paid members.

(REMEMBER, we are always looking for meeting programs and invite your thoughts and input).

Sunday, April 10 – Indoor Flip Clinic and Whitewater Safety Day

NWA returns a popular event when we present another edition of our indoor flip clinic. This is a vital "insurance policy" for those of you who have not enjoyed the challenge of righing a flipped boat. While it take splace in a warm indoor swimming pool, hopefully what you learn will help you if and when it take splace in moving and cold water.

We bring a variety of boats for you to practice on. In addition we plan to offer some basic river first aid and do some rescue rope practice as well. The clinic is FREE to 2016 NWA members or $25 for non-members (The fee covers a year's worth of club dues).

To RSVP of for Info: Email


Wednesday, April 13 – Reel Paddling Whitewater Film Festival

Our whitewater friends at the Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club — and NWA — are bringing this event to Mountain Gear's headquarters in the Spokane Valley. We'r e in the process of selecting a variety of films foor the night, PLUS, we'll have some vintage whitewater videos.

To RSVP of for Info: Email


Thursday, April 28 – Wild & Scenic Film Festival

The Spokane Riverkeeper, Mountain Gear and Patagonia are thrilled to bring the Spokane community together around local and global issues in a venue where environmental groups are able to help new activists take action. Whether depicting the struggle for environmental justice or an educational tale about an endangered species, the films expose people to forward-thinking ideas and global awareness.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival: South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) is a watershed advocacy group that was started in 1983 by a small group of concerned citizens who banded together to fight against several proposed dams. The festival’s namesake is in celebration of achieving Wild & Scenic status in 1999 for 39 miles of the South Yuba River. After twenty-eight years, thousands of supporters and 700 active volunteers later, SYRCL is one of the largest single-river organizations in the nation and the Wild & Scenic Film Festival is the largest film festival of its kind in the United States.

Movies at 7:00 Doors open at 6:00 for beverage and conversation.

Thank you for your support! All proceeds benefit the Spokane Riverkeeper: For a fishable and swimmable Spokane River. Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/819695761486130/


Save the date for Water To Wine:

The Water to Wine Auction Site is now live www.spokaneriver.net/watertowine
People can purchase auction tickets here as well as Spokane River Red. You can also purchase Spokane River Red by going directly to www.spokaneriver.net/red


Special quick links

Find us on FaceBook
Click the logo to find out about Raftararian gear!
Visit our friends at NRS.
NWA members receive a discount at River Dance Lodge.
Visit our friends at Mtn. Gear

Check out the snowpacks



The Spokane River Forum serves as a clearinghouse and information exchange for all things Spokane River: Visit them at: www.spokaneriver.net.

Also be sure to visit the Rivere Forum's Spokane Water Trail website at:http://www.spokaneriver.net/watertrail/ to learn all about what the Spokane River has to offer.

Are you part of our NWA Yahoo Group?

If you are STILL not a p art of our NWA Yahoo Group you should sign up as most of our club communication is distributed via this e-mail group. Plus it allow members to communicate with one another regarding floats, and other activities. Yahoo does require you to want to be part of the group so you need an invite from the administrator. If you are not signed up and want to send an e-mail to : spokanerafterguy@comcast.net.


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Upcoming NWA Events

  NWA meetings:
The year without water has made life a little challenging for us. NWA is focusing planning and events around our upcoming upper Spokane River clean-up day. Stay tuned to email updates and the NWA Facebook page or contact spokanerafterguy@comcast.net or text/phone: 509-220-8018.

Wednesday, April 6 at 6 p.m. Overnight and extended river trips is the focus. Get tips from some of our most experienced boaters on how to have a better experience on that wilderness river trip.
Our meeting programs will be announced through our Facebook page, as well as in emails so stay tuned.

As usual we meet at Jack & Dans (corner of Hamilton and Sharp in Gonzaga Dist.) with social time starting at 6 with meeting to follow about 7. If you plan to attend or have a suggestion for an event or activity email: spokanerafterguy@comcast.net
or text/phone: 509-220-8018.

Info or to RSVP: spokanerafterguy@comcast.net or text to 509-220-8018.


Most meetings are held at one of America's Top-10 sports bars.

Click Here To Visit Jack & Dan's Website or Click Here for Directions.


How to reach us:
Northwest Whitewater Association • P.O. Box 7458 • Spokane, WA 99207 • (509) 220-8018

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