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.


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 seven rowing shells and have access to five more.


PORPA 2021 activity summary

PORPA had another very active season in 2021. to view the detailed summary download the October 16th Board Meeting minutes. Together with the US Army Corps of Engineers we finalized the project of a non-motorized launch area at the "Mudhole". We had introduction to rowing sessions, flip tests on singles and PFD deployment drills.

On our web based registration system we had 173 singles registrations, 19 doubles and used our Yam Pah Pa four times and the Arthur Ericsson once.

With the addition of a Little River Marine Sea Shell double donation and yet another single donation we now have 8 singles and 3 doubles available in our fleet.

We are actively seeking funds to acquire oars and riggers to be able to row our four as a Quad for expanded junior rowing.

Overall a very succesful season. A detailed summary of activities is documented in the October 16 Board Meeting minutes posted on this site or via email to [email protected] porpa.org.


Priest River Sprints

The Priest River Sprints in 2021 scheduled for mid August 2021, were cancelled due to PORPA's weather safety policy to not hold events if lightning is forecasted.

Participants, volunteers and sponsors were advised of the cancellation and this was well received since it was for the participants and the spectator safety.

We are working on the 2022 version of the Priest River Sprints to be held at the Mudhole. It will be a day of fun for anybody wanting to race with rowing shells, kayaks, canoes, SUPs or rafts. We plan to hold both sprints at shorter distances and a longer course up the Priest River for larger rowing shells and paddlers desiring a longer race.

We hope our sponsors will be generous again in 2022 so we can offer free registrations for all youth participants.





Latest News

2021 Warren Foersch Award

The selection of the person to be recognized with the Warren Foersch Award for 2021 was very easy. All members of the committee chose...

By Pend Oreille Rowing and Paddling Association

October 16th 2021 Board Meeting minutes uploaded

THe minutes of the PORPA Board Meeting held on October 16th 2021 have been uploaded to our server. To access them, sign in to...

By Pend Oreille Rowing and Paddling Association

PORPA's eight person shell the Arthur Ericsson's first time on the water in two years!

Nine POPRA members enyoyed a training row on the calm waters of the Pend Oreille this first Saturday of a spectacular Inland NW September....

By Gayne Sears

2021 PORPA Newsletter is here

The PORPA Spring 2021 Newsletter is hot off the press Click here is you would like to download it Thanks to Sheila and Sean...

By Pend Oreille Rowing and Paddling Association

PORPA visors for sale

PORPA visors are available and for sale for $10.00 If interested send email to [email protected]

By Pend Oreille Rowing and Paddling Association
Phone & Fax
Priest River Park
Priest River, ID 83856
Phone & Fax
PO Box 842
Priest River, ID 83856