Trailer Park Wave has been a favorite wave/hole in the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene area for years and this year it is just getting better. Avista is working on developing a new parking area directly across the river from the wave that would eliminate today’s ferry and quarter to half mile hike that paddlers currently do to access the site. The word from Avista is that the project could potentially break ground this summer and be complete in time for the fall/winter drawdown of the lake.
Ever since I started surfing at trailer park I had heard stories of a wave that came in once or twice at higher flows. Just last week a Post Falls kayaker was driving by the area and saw a large amount of whitewater that was not normal for the flow of 13,000 CFS. A group of boaters went out to explore and found some sweet Play!! There was a good trashy wave on river right and a steep tall wave on river left. Both are eddy fed and a blast to surf! Trailer Park Wave is not just affected by the CFS of the river due to being just upstream of where the north and south channels meet. If the ratio of water flowing through the gates of the dam of the North Channel vs. the gates of the dam of the South Channel is off, then the pool height behind the wave can wash out the feature. Traditionally flows over 6,700 CFS have washed out this feature. After a few phone calls to Avista we have found out that they are and plan to continue flows of a larger volume of water through the south channel than they have in years past. Their intent is to help raise the oxygen levels in the river due to the aeration created by the rapids in the south channel and overall create a better balance of the gases in the water to help fish habitat/health. Currently both waves have been surfed between 12,500-13,200 CFS. There will definitely be many more surf sessions to explore what the range of these new features will be!! Should be sunny and warm this week! Can’t wait to see all of the paddlers out checking this feature out!