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Tours Near Suncadia

We run two rivers close to Suncadia, the Upper Yakima River and the Cle Elum River. Between the two rivers, there is something for everyone. Whether you're looking for a relaxing day where someone else does all the work, a day with lots of sightseeing, or a solo adventure, we have options for you. Add picnic lunches to make your day even easier.

lower Yakima Kayaks Paddling on Yakima Teanaway River

Yakima River: This is our most popular trip. Beginning on the Teanaway River in pine forests, your group will quickly descend into the drier shrub-steppe of Eastern Washington. The open landscape is ideal for spotting wildlife. There are plenty of calm areas to swim as well as some smaller rapids to get your adrenaline pumping. If you plan to raft on the Upper Yakima, you can book a guided trip or rent equipment and go on your own. The Upper Yakima launch location is 25 minutes from the Lodge at Suncadia. The take-out is another 15-minute drive downriver.

Cle Elum River: This trip starts with a steep short but steep descent at the Lake Cle Elum dam. Once you embark, you're immediately surrounded by thick pine forests. Although a smaller river than the Yakima, the Cle Elum moves quicker as it drops out of the Cascades; it also has more islands and braided streams, which makes it essential to have a guide. This trip is a scenic trip; there is only one place to stop and no swimming along the way. Although this trip is closer to Suncadia than the Upper Yakima River, it takes longer to get to because it starts in the forest down dirt roads.

Professionally guided trips: Guided trips take the hassle out of your day. Your guide will help you maneuver down the river, either hitting as many small rapids as possible or avoiding all the splashes for a more relaxing day.
Self-guided trips: A self-guided tour includes the equipment, PFD's, paddles, and a shuttle for the drivers. Before you depart, a Rill Adventures employee will brief your group river safety and how to paddle.

Private shuttles can be arranged for groups of 14 people or less. Call for a quote, shuttle prices depend on mileage and drive time.

Taking a Break Yakima River Swimming on Upper Yakima Kayaking on Upper Yakima