Difficulty: Class I

Age: 3+

Length: 3 hours without stopping

Price: Varies by type of equipment

Start Location: 10 Minutes from Cle Elum

Dates: April – September

Upper Yakima River (Class I)

Get ready for an unforgettable adventure as you embark on a raft rental journey down the exhilarating Upper Yakima River! Whether you’re a novice seeking a thrill or an experienced paddler, this section is perfect for the more adventurous soul. 

As you start your journey on the Teanaway River, you’ll find yourself surrounded by towering pine forests, creating a scenic backdrop that sets the stage for an epic day on the water. The river will carry you through a mix of small class I rapids, providing just the right amount of adventure to keep your heart pumping. 

In the calm stretches between rapids, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to swim in the refreshing waters of the Upper Yakima River. 

Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife sightings along the way. The open landscape of the Upper Yakima River provides the perfect vantage point to spot magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. You may catch glimpses of birds soaring above, deer gracefully grazing by the riverbank, or even the occasional playful otter diving in and out of the water.

Get ready to create memories that will last a lifetime as you experience the thrill, beauty, and serenity of the Upper Yakima River. Feel the rush of adrenaline, the connection with nature, and the pure joy of shared experiences. Your raft rental adventure awaits!

PLEASE NOTE!! We only offer partial service on this section of the river. We will get the equipment ready for your, but your group will need to return it to the office at the end of your trip. 

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


We do 1 shuttle per day at 11:00. If you want to use our shuttle you will meet us at the ending location and park your car there. We’ll drive you back to the top and you will raft back to your car. 

We recommend making reservations 2-4 weeks in advance. We often book up on weekends, especially in July and August.

The tour is not very physically demanding, but we recommend all participants be able swim unassisted without the help of a PFD and be able to sit for 2-3 hours.

Prior experience is not necessary for most people. However, your group will need to be able to exit the river without help. If you’re unsure about your group’s ability level, we recommend booking a guided trip. 

Participants must be at least 3 years old. There is no upper age limit, but participants should be able to paddle occasionally and sit in a raft for a few hours.

It is harder to maneuver tubes than it is a raft and participants must be able to reach the water with their arms and legs, kids under the age of 13 are usually too small and not strong enough to maneuver a tube.

There are two take-outs downriver that you can get out at if necessary. Please note that you will still be responsible to bring the equipment back to the office and will probably have to hitch hike back to your car. 

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