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- 2023

The Pend Oreille Rowing and Paddling Association (PORPA) is excited to announce the Second Annual PORPA SPRINTS on the Priest River at the Priest River Recreation Area (Mudhole) on Saturday 12 August 2023. The event is a day of non-motorized fun races for stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, canoes, rowing shells, water bikes, and even boats made of cardboard! All ages and abilities are welcome at the beautiful Priest River. Like last year, the highlight events will be multi-craft relay races and paddling in the Kalispel Tribe’s dugout canoe.

One of PORPA's goals is to encourage youth enjoyment of our spectacular Inland Northwest water recreation so, youth register and participate for free and receive a free event t-shirt. Prizes will be awarded to youth racers and the winning relay team. Free parking and no entry fee for spectators, who can watch from the beach or the Hwy 2 Bridge. For registration and information go to www.PORPA.org. Donations from individuals and businesses have been received and more are welcome- they help cover costs like free registration for youth.

 
PORPA 2022 activity summary
 
PORPA members enjoyed some very fine days on the water in 2022. Our fleet of small boats, four singles and two doubles, provided rowers with opportunities to scull nearly every hour of the day. The big boats (eight and four) were also taken out for several sessions. The large boat sessions allowed rowers to build and refine skills with their stroke. Several members competed during PORPA Sprints on the Priest River in the 1000-meter races. What a beautiful August day to be on the water. 
 
PORPA provides opportunities for all levels of skill. If you’re an experienced rower or someone just learning how to row, we can help with safety, training and guidance.

 

 

 

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Latest News

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