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Upper Yakima River (Class I)

Upper Yakima River Scenery near Cle Elum



  • Start: Teanaway River Bridge
  • Length: 2.5-3 hours without stopping, expect to spend 3.5-4 hours with stops
  • Equipment Available: Rafts, Kayaks, Fishing gear
  • Suitable for: Novices who have rafted at least once before

Rafting the Upper Yakima River will be the highlight of your week! The Upper Yakima is suitable for novices; however, we recommend that participants have spent a little time on rivers (swimming, canoeing, kayaking, tubing or rafting) because the water moves faster than the lower.

The Upper Yakima River is an excellent section for novice rafters looking for a thrill, experienced paddlers, families with kids, groups of friends, and company team-building excursions.

Beginning on the Teanaway River in pine forests, your group will quickly descend into the drier shrub-steppe of Eastern Washington. Small class I rapids divide the calm areas where you can swim and relax. The open landscape is ideal for spotting wildlife.

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

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Lower Yakima River (Class I)

Lower Yakima River section - south of Ellensburg




  • Start: MP 19 on HWY 821
  • Length: 2.5-3 hours without stopping, expect to spend 3.5-4 hours with stops
  • Equipment Available: Rafts, Kayaks, Tubes, SUPs, Fishing gear
  • Suitable for: Absolute Beginners

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.

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

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