Lower Yakima River (Class I)

Regardless on the equipment you choose, floating the Lower Yakima will provide the outdoor rejuvenation you need! This sleeping beauty is the most relaxing stretch of the Yakima River; it slows its roll due to the backwaters above Roza Dam.

Your group will stay close to Highway 821 while floating by multiple BLM and Fish and Wildlife campsites and picnic areas. Tall sagebrush covered hills and basalt cliffs tower above the river. The open landscape is ideal for spotting wildlife; keep watch for bighorn sheep, osprey, deer, great herons, and bald eagles.

Fair warning: Don’t let the calm waters fool you into thinking that you do not have to pay attention! The banks are lined with trees and brush that can pose serious safety hazards if you are not careful. You will need to put your paddles to use whenever you start getting near the riverbanks.

Reservations made within 48 hours of departure must be made at(509) 964-2530

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