• Dates: June, July and August 2+/- Days around the full moon
  • Age: 7 and up
  • Length: 3-4 hours
  • Start Location: 10 Minutes South of Cle Elum
The moon reflects of the Yakima River and the outlines of people can be visible in the foreground.

Moonlight Summer Rafting

Step into a world of serene beauty and thrilling adventure with nighttime rafting on the Upper Yakima River. Experience the peace and quiet of a star-filled sky and a moonlit river valley, punctuated by the occasional hoot of an owl and the chirping of crickets. When we stop you will feel the rush of adrenaline and excitement as you navigate an abandoned pitch-black tunnel. This is an adventure you won’t want to miss!

On this trip, we meet just after sunset at our office in Thorp, we do introductions and a safety briefing, then we head to the river. The moon is usually behind the hills when we start, which will give you time to listen to the gentle sound of the water lapping against the side of your boat as you make your way down the river. Make sure to listen for the occasional hoot of an owl!

The first half of the trip gives you the opportunity to gaze up at the star-filled sky and experience the thrill of seeing shooting stars streak across the inky blackness of the night sky.

Halfway down, you will marvel at the awe-inspiring sight of a full moon rising over the river valley. As the moon begins to rise over the river valley, you’ll witness the world around you transform from darkness to a soft, silvery glow. The moonlight dancing on the water’s surface will create a breathtaking sight that you won’t soon forget.

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


In the event of bad weather, we may need to reschedule your trip for another day or cancel the reservation. If we have to cancel the trip because of the weather, a full refund will be given.

Yes! The moon and stars provide ample natural light to navigate the river, and our guides also have headlamps and flashlights to provide additional light if needed.

Yes! Our experienced guides are trained to navigate the river safely at night, and we provide all necessary safety equipment to ensure your trip is as safe as possible.

We recommend wearing warm, comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting wet. Be sure to bring a warm layer for when the temperature drops at night.

Yes, kids 8 and older are welcome on the trip. 

Our nighttime rafting trips on the Upper Yakima River typically accommodate up to eight people per trip, but we may be able to accommodate larger groups upon request.

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