Outdoor Recreation offers rentals for summer fun

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Outdoor Recreation has a plethora of both outdoor adventures and equipment to make your summer more enjoyable and get the work done faster so you can get to the fun stuff quicker. We rent lawn and garden equipment from full size aerators and thatches to mini-rototillers and lawn mowers and everything in-between.

We also rent trailers to haul this and that in sizes that range from 6X10 utility trailers to our "Big Tex" which is an 18' flatbed trailer or the "Wells Cargo" which is our enclosed 18' box trailer.

Camping season is upon us and to help make things comfortable, we have everything you will need to make the experience more enjoyable. We have sleeping bags, tents, grills, cots and so much more. For those who prefer to "rough it" without having to sleep outdoors, we have our extensive line of fully contained camper trailers. Our trailers run from our 16' "Fun Finder" to our largest 19' Nomad. Each contains a shower, toilet, kitchenette and sleep system as well as AC for when it gets too hot.

If you want to play on the water, look no further. We have everything from 14' fishing boats to an impressive 20' Tahoe speed boat with a 135hp supercharged motor to really get your fun off and moving. To add to your fun in the sun and on the water, you can incorporate any one of our wake/ski/tube packages, as well as our newly incorporated wind sail board.

If you prefer to play on land, we have everything from basketballs to tennis balls, as well as croquet, horseshoes and bocce ball. We even sell discounted tickets to Fairways golf course. If you don't have clubs, no worries because we rent those too.

Now for the adventures we offer! We lead whitewater rafting trips from beginner to advanced levels. If you're interested in kayaking, we offer both trips as well as lessons to either learn the basics or improve your skill level. If you want an adventure away from water and higher up, try our rock climbing or rappelling classes and trips. In addition to our classes, we sell Wild Walls Climbing Gym passes. If you want to relax in nature, try our horseback picnic dinner ride where you will be treated to a real western dinner out on the relaxing mountain trails. Or spend the evening out on Clear Lake where you have your choice of either tubing or wake boarding behind our 20' Tahoe and then treated to a nice dinner shore side; all the fun and no responsibility. We drive the boat and make the dinner- you just relax and have fun. If you are interested in fishing, come out with Mike and fish until dark with you and one or two of your buddies. If you don't have the gear, no problem we do!

For a more individualistic touch, we can customize a package just for your group or squadron to make it even more fun. Just give us a call or come on in and we will work with you to ensure the perfect trip.


    Whitewater Kayaking: The OAP will be offering a "learn to kayak" series of classes this spring and summer. This series of classes is intended to help a new, inexperienced boater learn how to kayak. Subjects covered will include river hazards, proper equipment, reading the river and basic paddling skill. Some of the basic paddling skills to be covered will be the different strokes, rolling, J lean, ferrying, eddy turns and more. The first class in the series is Intro to Kayaking. This class will introduce you to all the basics of whitewater kayaking in a safe setting of a pool, from the gear you use to some basic paddling techniques. The next class in the series is Roll Clinic I. This class works more on paddling skills and the "Eskimo Roll." The third class in the series is Kayaking Basic Moving Water (BMW). It is a prerequisite that each person has attended the Intro and one Roll Clinic before attending this class. See Ryan Murphy for questions about attending. 
In BMW, we will head for the Spokane River. Here is where you will use the skills we have worked on in the pool: the river section we run is very mellow with some rapids. This run is to introduce the kayaker to how moving water affects the boat. The final class in the series this year is the Kayaking Advanced Moving Water. It is a prerequisite that each person attend and complet the BMW class before taking the advanced class. This class will build off of the skills of the last class and give the student more time on the river to perfect their skills. Attending and passing a class is up to the discretion of the instructor. If the instructor feels that it is to dangerous for you, then for your protection, you will be asked to attend lower level class before trying a more advanced class.
*Class schedule is subject to change based on interest, skill level, and river levels. For updates, call Ryan Murphy. Package deal available! 

Rafting Trips: It's time to hit the river! OAP will be organizing rafting trips all summer. There are four main rivers that we will have raft trips on. The first will be the Lochsa River. The Lochsa River, located in north central Idaho's Clearwater National Forest, is one of the premier whitewater rivers in the west. Snow melt in the spring creates one of the wettest and wildest rides in the country within this steep granite valley. Three Rivers Rafting company will be our guide for this trip. They bring you the opportunity to experience the intense Class IV+ whitewater of the Lochsa in a guided paddle raft. This one day trip covers about 22 miles and 40 class III-IV+ rapids. Included with the trip price is a full lunch on the banks of the river and a wetsuit, booties, helmet, etc. to wear in the boat. You will be expected to paddle. 

The next trip we will be doing is the Clark Fork River in Montana. Located just minutes from Missoula, Mont., is the Alberton Gorge of the Clark Fork River. With its friendly and fun Class III whitewater; the "Gorge" is a fun-filled day of roller coaster rapids, quiet pools for swimming and the opportunity to see Montana's abundant wildlife. This trip is excellent for new rafters who are looking for a thrill and don't want to take big risks. This trip will be guided by your experienced OAP staff. The trip includes transportation, lunch and all the safety gear you might need. Participants may need to use some personal items. It's a great way to spend a day with the family and friends. 

Close to home is the Spokane River. Your very own OAP staff will guide you through either the upper or lower sections of the Spokane River. The Upper section is a nice mellow run with some small rapids, perfect for the beginner rafter who isn't too sure if they will like it or not. The Lower section has some much bigger rapids. This section goes through Riverside State Park. We will go through the Bowl and Pitcher and then the Devil's Toe Nail; both are Class III rapids. This is a step up from the Upper section and still a ton of fun for someone who is a beginner. This one is also fun for people who have been rafting a few times. At the end of each trip there will be lunch served at the river. 

Relax and enjoy the quite of the park after a adrenaline pumping experience. Work up an appetite and we will feed it as soon as we get off the river. The trip includes transportation, lunch and all the safety gear you might need. Participants may need to use some personal items. It's a great way to spend a day with family and friends.
The Wenatchee River is a great river and is a ton of fun and goes through the beautiful orchards of Leavenworth. This river has many big Class III rapids and is 18 miles long. There are some great rapids and long wave trains that provide a ton of adrenaline pumping excitement. The trip includes transportation, lunch and all the safety gear you might need. Participants may need to use some personal items. 

Squadron Raft Trips: Here is a fun activity for the whole squad: come do a raft trip with the OAP. The OAP will be glad to make special arrangement for squad raft trips. This trip is the same as the Upper and Lower Spokane Trips with a meal at the end. What a great way to spend a day with your squadron! 

Whitewater Raft Guide Training: Adrenaline junkies and adventure seekers apply within! This program will teach you how to be a whitewater raft guide and run big whitewater! What will you be doing with your weekends this spring? Sitting at home or rafting big whitewater? Come out have a great time and learn to guide. After finishing the program new guides are eligible to help run regular rafting trips with the Outdoor Adventure Program. 

The program is four weekends long and we do four different rivers. Each weekend is a new adventure on a new river! We will be rafting the Clark Fork in Montana and the Spokane and Wenatchee Rivers here in Washington and one final secret river! Guaranteed to be one of the coolest things you have ever done! The program also offers certification in Whitewater Rescue Technician (WRT) from Rescue 3 Int. and Whitewater Raft Guide certification from the American Cone Association (ACA). For those who want the certifications, the program cost is $350 and the cost for in house certifications is $150. Call and talk to Ryan for details and to sign up. 

Rock Climbing and Rappelling: The OAP will be running two "Learn to Rock Climb" series. These classes are available to anyone who wants to learn how to rock climb. No experience necessary. The first class in the series is Intro to Rock Climbing. This class will cover all the basics of rock climbing, which include learning knots, how to use climbing equipment the right way, climbing techniques and how to belay. This is a perfect beginner class and a great introduction to rock climbing. You can learn all the basics in a safe and educational environment. The next class is Climbing Anchors I. In this class, you will be shown the basics for setting a top rope and more advanced techniques for climbing. This class will be held outdoors at a local climbing area and we will climb. The best way to learn is by doing. So we will climb as much as possible in the time given. The final class in the climbing series is the Climbing Anchors II class. This class will go into more detail and wider range of skills than the Anchors I class while building your basic skills. We will also be doing some rappelling in this class. It is a prerequisite that you have completed both the Intro and Anchors I classes before taking this course. After this class you will have been shown the necessary skills to be able to set your own top rope and climb at the local climbing areas. There are many great climbing areas within a short drive time from Fairchild. 
*Class schedule is subject to change based on interest, skill level, and weather. 

Horse Back Dinner Rides: Enjoy the cool evening air and tranquil mountain trails for about an hour's ride. You will be met by our horse drawn chuckwagon and the mouth watering aroma of steaks frying, coffee perking, warm homemade bread and all the trimmings to complete a truly western meal. Kick back, enjoy that last cup of coffee and dessert before you mount up and ride back to the barn. In September, when the days are shorter, we start as early as possible and usually come back to our barn area to enjoy dinner and an alluring campfire. Trail Rules: Minimum age of 8 years old
* No riding double
* No persons weighing over 250 pounds
* Horses to be ridden at a walk at all times
* Backpacks are discouraged 

Fishing w/ Mike @ Clear Lake: Let Mike take you to his favorite spots on Clear Lake and catch some nice Large Mouth Bass and all kinds of Trout like Tiger, Rainbow and Browns. Meet Mike at the Clear Lake Lodge and fish till dark or until you catch your limit. Bring your own gear or get what you need at the Clear Lake Resort. For other fishing venues, please call Mr. Rick Gronkowski @ 247-5920 

Evening On the Lake: Spend an exciting evening at Clear Lake tubing and/or wake boarding behind our choice ski boat and let the OAP do the work of driving the boat. All you need to do is show up and go for a ride. Minimum age is 8yrs old and all minors must be accompanied by an adult. A dinner is also included.