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Lower Yakima River (Class I)

Lower Yakima River section - south of Ellensburg
  • Put in: Bighorn Campground
  • Length: 3.5 hours
  • Equipment: Rafts, kayaks, tubes and fishing equipment

This sleeping beauty is the most relaxing stretch of the Yakima River. Beginning at Big Horn campsite, just six miles from I-90, this section of the Yakima slows its roll due to the backwaters above Roza Dam. It stays close to Highway 82, floating by multiple BLM and Fish and Wildlife campsites and picnic areas.

Rill Adventures provides full service between the Big Horn campsite and the BLM Big Pines recreation site.

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 bushes 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.

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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