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Lower Yakima River (Class I)

Lower Yakima River section - south of Ellensburg
  • Put in: Milepost 19
  • Length: 2.5-3 hours without stopping
  • Equipment Available: Rafts, kayaks, tubes, SUP's and fishing equipment

Rafting or Tubing 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 coved 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 don't 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.

Beginning on Highway 821 in the Yakima Canyon, just six miles from I-90, Rill Adventures provides full service between the milepost 19 and the BLM Big Pines recreation site.

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

Book a Trip on the Lower Yakima


  • Meet at put-in.
    1. Each participant turns in a waiver.
    2. Stage any gear/food going down the river in boats.
    3. Drop off participants who are not shuttling.
  • Participant's vehicles are driven down to take out (one shuttler per car).
  • All shuttlers get a ride back to the put-in via Rill's Shuttle Bus.

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