JOIN THE FLOTILLA
Note: Paddle route will differ from 2017
Friday afternoon, Sept. 7 and Saturday, Sept. 8 2018
Last year more than 400 people from throughout the Pacific Northwest came together and paddled 6 miles in support of the return of a free-flowing lower Snake River. This year, in recognition of the first Nimiipuu Tribal canoe in nearly a century, the Flotilla will focus on tribal land and tradition. Canoe families from sovereign tribes across the Northwest will gather on the Clearwater River, and paddle downstream through the heart of Lewiston and Clarkston toward Chief Timothy Park on the Snake River. There, hundreds of non-tribal salmon advocates will join them on the water for a display of solidarity and a resounding call to FREE THE SNAKE!
We are excited to announce that legendary environmental activist Winona LaDuke will be joining this year's flotilla as a guest of Nimiipuu Protecting the Environment and a keynote speaker. Winona's efforts rebuilding indigenous communities and fighting dirty energy projects have earned her international acclaim. Partnering with Winona LaDuke and Honor the Earth will help to bring Lower Snake River Dam removal into focus as a tribal treaty rights issue of great significance to indigenous communities the world over.
Join us on Friday for outdoor activities, educational opportunities, and music from artists to be announced. Stay tuned for details on Friday activities. Stick around after the flotilla on Saturday to hear Winona LaDuke speak and Nahko of Medicine for the People give an acoustic performance. Stick around the whole weekend to camp out with fellow river soldiers and salmon advocates.
Wild salmon, steelhead and pacific lamprey populations are trending toward extinction mainly due to the four lower Snake river dams: Ice Harbor, Lower Monumental, Little Goose and Lower Granite. Meanwhile, the minuscule amount of energy produced by these dams is being replaced by clean energy alternatives. Read the recently published study on energy replacement here
The dams' primary purpose, barge transportation, has also declined dramatically. And yet taxpayers are being forced to invest hundreds of millions of dollars to maintain and repair the dams. Removing the four lower Snake River dams would equate to the largest wild salmon recovery effort in the world, while revitalizing communities, economies and cultures throughout the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies.
Join us September 7 and 8, 2018 when we'll say with one clear voice: it's time to remove four outdated, low-value, deadbeat dams on the lower Snake River. It's time to free the Snake!
Please respond to all questions
Indigenous Canoe Families
The put-in will be at the Hogg Island Boat Launch 4 miles East of the Clearwater River Casino on Highway 12, before the first Bridge on the Clearwater River.
Please assemble there at 7:00 AM
Contact Julian Matthews 208-790-4296 or for more information.
Please indicate you want to volunteer when registering above
We are recruiting 40 volunteers for the water safety team. Duties include paddling and assisting water vessels in the flotilla. A mandatory pre-flotilla meeting will occur at 9 a.m. on Saturday near the boat launch at Chief Timothy Park. We will be off the water by 3 p.m.
We are also recruiting 30 volunteers for the land logistics team. Duties include welcoming flotilla participants at Chief Timothy Park entrance and facilitating traffic flow. Volunteers needed for both Friday evening and Saturday morning!
Please email us at with any questions
Boat (kayak, canoe, small motor boat, raft, drift boat...), paddles, lifejacket, whistle, flotilla sign/banner, rain gear, sunblock, sun hat, drinking water, food and snacks, camera, extra batteries, dry clothes/dry bag, extra pair of shoes, camping gear, cash camping, stoke
We have reserved more than 60 campsites at Chief Timothy Park for the evening of Friday, Sept. 7 and Saturday, Sept. 8. The campground is spacious with plenty of room for everyone. All tent sites and RV sites are first-come, first-served. You do not need to make a reservation with the park. Flotilla volunteers will collect $10 per tent and $20 per RV (per night) at the park entrance to help cover the cost of reserving the park. Cash only. All guests will be responsible for their own food.
If you need to rent a watercraft, these places may be of help. It is your responsibility to contact, rent, pick up and return all equipment. Kayaks, canoes, SUPs and rafts are acceptable watercraft. Keep in mind this is slack water with little current and strong winds. All boaters must wear a personal flotation device. Please arrange watercraft rental before Saturday, Sept. 8.
Walla Walla Washington 509-527-5965
Pullman, Washington 509-335-1892
Moscow, Idaho 208-885-6170
Lewiston, Idaho 208-792-2664
Moscow, Idaho 208-882-4555
(store locations in Lewiston, Coeur d'Alene, Moses Lake)
To Chief Timothy from Lewiston, Idaho and Clarkston, Washington:
Take Highway 12 west for 8.2 miles from downtown Clarkston. Turn right at Silcot Grade Road and cross a short bridge to Silcot Island and Chief Timothy Park.
Friday, Sept. 7, 2018
4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
The event will begin with a welcome from the Palouse and Nez Perce tribes, followed by speakers and music from local band Sweet Rebel D.
Flotilla participants are encouraged to join for camping both Friday and Saturday nights.
Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018
Meet at Chief Timothy Park boat launch parking lot in Clarkston, Wash. There will be parking lot volunteers to greet people, facilitate unloading watercraft and parking vehicles. Look for flotilla registration table to sign waivers. Coffee and light breakfast foods will be provided. A flotilla logistics and water safety team talk will follow.
Launch boats. You are responsible for your own water and snacks on the water - see Flotilla Essentials above. This year we will paddle only a short distance out to meet the canoe families.
Return to Chief Timothy Park.
Winona LaDuke will speak at Chief Timothy Park.
Nahko [of the band Medicine for the People] will play an acoustic performance, followed by a performance by hip hop artist Nataanii Means.
Camping available Saturday night.