Pend Oreille River - Z Canyon

Metaline, Washington 99152

Pend Oreille River - Z Canyon

Pend Oreille River - Z Canyon Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"After negotiating a quarter mile of churning eddies and hydraulics on the Pend Oreille River near Metaline Falls, paddlers can relax. The flow eases into a scenic canyon spiked with several waterfalls, inlets, and shallow caves before backing up into flatwater behind Boundary Dam. At one stretch, the river constricts into Z Canyon, created by the channel’s zigzag through towering rock cliffs. The premier attraction comes near the end of the trip at the wet, windy base of 200-foot Pewee Falls.

The falls don’t have nearly the volume of Palouse Falls, but they captivate boaters trip after trip. The Pend Oreille River runs 114 miles from Idaho’s Lake Pend Oreille through northeastern Washington and into Canada, where it flows into the Columbia River near Trail, British Columbia. The 12-mile stretch described here is by far the most scenic. This route was rarely visited by paddling campers as late as the early 1990s. But the secret couldn’t last, and several undeveloped campsites had been established by the late 1990s. Developed camping is available at the put-in and take-out. Anglers will find some fishing for trout, bass, and squawfish, although it’s not as good as the bass angling upriver in the less scenic stretches near Ione."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
5 hours or overnight
Best: Generally March through November
U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Spokane
Local Contacts
USGS Metaline, Metaline Falls, Boundary Dam
Local Maps

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