About Us

The Pend Oreille Rowing and Paddling Association exists to promote safe and responsible rowing in the Pend Oreille River valley of Idaho and Washington. We are located in Priest River Idaho and currently row from the Priest River Recreation Area “The Mudhole” in Priest River, Idaho.

The Pend Oreille Rowing and Paddling Association (PORPA) acknowledges that we are in the homelands of the Kalispel people. Today, we offer our respect for their history and culture, and for their wisdom in caring for this place for the generations to come.”

Our Mission

PORPA is a non-profit organization that exists to promote safe and responsible rowing in the Pend Oreille River valley of Idaho and Washington. We base our operations at The Mudhole Campground in Priest River. We have a fleet of eight singles, 3 doubles, a four, and two eights.


Priest River Sprints- 2024

The Pend Oreille Rowing and Paddling Association (PORPA) announces the third annual PORPA SPRINTS on the Priest River at the Priest River Recreation Area (Mudhole) on Saturday 3 August 2024

Bring your kayaks, canoes, stand up paddle boards and rowing shells  for a day of non-motorized fun races. All ages and abilities welcome. The highlight event is a multi-craft relay race. A professional sports photographer will be on the water taking amazing action images of participants while racing!

One of PORPA's goals is to encourage youth enjoyment of our spectacular Inland Northwest water recreation in a safe atmosphere, so youth register and participate for free and receive a free event t-shirt. PORPA now has two youth-sized kayaks for loan to participants under 100 lbs. Prizes awarded to youth racers and the winning relay team. Spectators are welcome, with great viewing of races from the beach and the Hwy 2 bridge.  Registrations will open soon, for information contact [email protected].

PORPA applies donations from businesses and individuals to free registration and t-shirts for all youth, insurance costs, and safety equipment.  Past donors: Kalispel Tribe Charitable Fund, Aerocet, Inc., Eagles Nest Motel, Selkirk Ace Hardware, Priest River Ace Hardware, Priest Gardens, Mary’s Feed, Expect-A-Lot Signs, Synergy Design Studio, Inc., Ivory Dental, J. Elsaesser, Safeway, Mitchell's Harvest Foods, Timbertown Brewery. Two Rivers Storage and others.

To donate to this great event, see campaign flag above.



PORPA Rowing in 2024
PORPA celebrates 10 years as a rowing and paddling organization this year! Join this small, friendly, welcoming group to learn a new water sport and enjoy some fantastic social events!  PORPA owns a fleet of four single rowing shells, two doubles, a quad, a four, and an eight and we can teach or re teach most anyone how to enjoy this lifetime sport!
Want to Learn to Row?
PORPA provides opportunities for all levels of experience. We have taught many brand new rowers the sport with our free introduction to rowing courses, consisting of one session to review safety and basic rowing technique on a rowing machine, and two additional sessions (depending on progress) in our stable single or double sculling shells, all in a friendly, personalized atmosphere! Find out more by sending us an email at:  [email protected]
PORPA and Long Bridge Swim Association Offer
Free Swim Lessons to Kids!

PORPA has partnered with the Sandpoint Long Bridge Swim Association (LBS) to provide free water safety/swim lessons to kids in the Priest River/Oldtown/Newport area again in 2024.  In 2023, fifty kids ages 1-15, gained valuable water safety and swimming skills. If you have a child age 1-17 who needs to become more comfortable and capable in the water, find out more about these free water safety and swim lessons at https://www.priestriverswimlessons.com/.


Donations are welcome.









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Phone & Fax
Priest River Park
Priest River, ID 83856
Phone & Fax
PO Box 842
Priest River, ID 83856