Difficulty: Class I
Age: 3+ (except tubes 13+)
Length: 3 hours without stopping
Price: Varies by type of equipment
Start Location: 10 Minutes from Ellensburg
Dates: April – September
Looking for a day of adventure and relaxation in the great outdoors? Look no further than a equipment rental on the Lower Yakima River. Get ready to soak up the sun, take in breathtaking scenery, and maybe even spot some wildlife.
After a quick shuttle, your group will be ready to catch some rays and enjoy the refreshing breeze while gliding down the tranquil waters of the Lower Yakima. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for wildlife! If you are lucky you’ll see herds of majestic bighorn sheep, deer grazing on the river banks or hear the unmistakable screech of bald eagles soaring overhead.
Halfway through the trip the canyon deepens and you will be immersed in breathtaking basalt cliffs. In July, steer your boat close to the cliff faces to see hundreds of tiny mud swallow chicks poking their faces out of their nests.
Throughout the float, your group will stay close to Highway 821 and will float by multiple BLM and Fish and Wildlife campsites and picnic areas. If you decide to stop, take a moment to breathe in the sweet scent of wildflowers that dot the riverbanks and watch for bright songbirds that calls the canyon home. A Yakima River rental with Rill Adventures will allow you to relax knowing all the little details have been taken care of.
Reservations made within 48 hours of departure must be made at (509) 964-2530
We’ll actually have you park where your group is going to get out of the river then we’ll shuttle you to the top before the trip. That way, your car will be at the bottom when you get off the river!
We recommend making reservations 2-4 weeks in advance. We often book up on weekends, especially in July and August.
The tour is not very physically demanding, but we recommend all participants be able swim unassisted without the help of a PFD and be able to sit for 2-3 hours.
Prior experience is not necessary for most people. However, if you have never been on a lake or river, we recommend one of our guided trip.
Participants must be at least 3 years old to raft or kayak and 13 years old to tube. There is no upper age limit, but participants should be able to paddle occasionally and sit in a raft for a few hours.
It is harder to maneuver tubes than it is a raft and participants must be able to reach the water with their arms and legs, kids under the age of 13 are usually too small and not strong enough to maneuver a tube.
There are two take-outs downriver that we can get your group out at if necessary. Please note that there is a hefty fee for groups who miss the take-out.