Difficulty: Class I-II

Age: 3+ 

Length: 3.5-5 hours plus depending on stop time

Start Location: 10 Minutes from Cle Elum

Dates: Beginning of May – Mid September

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A Few Guide Trip Terms & Conditions:

When you book a guided trip you and your group will have one guide per boat (up to 9 people per guide). If your group is less than 9, your group may be combined with another small group.

Minimum group sizes apply.

Reservations made within 5 days of departure must be made at (509) 964-2530

The Main Event - Upper Yakima River

Get ready for a journey through the heart of Eastern Washington’s natural beauty, as you explore the Upper Yakima River on a guided rafting trip. With calm areas for swimming and smaller rapids to navigate, this trip offers something for everyone. Join us for an unforgettable adventure that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

The Upper Yakima River is our most popular guided rafting trip for a reason. This trip takes you on a journey through some of the most stunning natural scenery in Eastern Washington. From pine forests to shrub steppe, the open landscape is perfect for spotting wildlife and enjoying the beauty of nature. Marvel at the views and feel a sense of peace and serenity as you float down the river.

The Upper Yakima River guided rafting trip is the perfect way to connect with nature and escape the hustle and bustle of daily life.  Amp up the adrenaline by hiking through an abandoned railroad tunnel. As you step into the darkness, you’ll feel your senses heighten. The musty smell of damp earth and the chill of the cool air against your skin will awaken your senses. 

Different Trip Options

Lazy Day - Lower Yakima River

The tall sagebrush-covered hills of the Yakima River Canyon provide a breathtaking backdrop for your relaxing rafting excursion.  

The Lower Yakima is only available for large groups on request. Most people who go on the Lower can safely navigate without the help of a guide.

Kayak and SUP Tours

Upgrade your trip with a guided Kayak excursion. The guided kayak and SUP tours provide you with more independence to explore the river at your own pace. Feel empowered as you take control of your own adventure with the help of your expert guide.

Guided Kayak tours are available on the Upper or Lower Yakima River.

For more information on Guided SUP tours, follow this link!


Yes, children are welcome on our Upper Yakima River trip. We recommend children be at least 3 years old.

No, prior rafting experience is not required. Our guides will provide a safety briefing and instructions on how to maneuver the raft before we depart.

Yes! We can accommodate large groups on the Upper Yakima River. But availability is limited, so we recommend booking as early as possible to secure your place. 

We recommend making reservations 4-6 weeks in advance. We often book up on weekends, especially in July and August. However, we can often accommodate last-minute reservations. 

No, we provide all necessary equipment, including rafts, life jackets, paddles, and safety gear.

There are no restrooms on the river, but we will make a stop halfway through the trip where you can use a port-a-potty.

All participants are required to wear a life jacket and our guides are trained in water safety and rescue techniques. We recommend that you let your guide know if you are a non-swimmer before the trip so they can ensure your safety.


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