Summer is here! It is 90 degrees – Time to float the Yakima River in the Yakima River Canyon. The Yakima River is a gentle class II river surrounded by volcanic basalt cliffs and arid sagebrush covered hills. Watch eagles soaring above the river, elk, deer, big horn sheep on the slopes.
Need to rent a raft and life preservers, then Rill Adventures, located 90 minutes for the 405/I-90 Interchange at Exit 101, offers raft rentals from 4 man to 10 man, tubes and inflatable kayaks. they will transport you to your drop off area and pick you up after your float.
If you are bringing your own tubes or rafts, two cars are needed, one to get to the area where you are starting and one to leave where you plan on exiting the river.
There are a number of access points along the river. The Umtanum Recreation Area boat ramp is a great place to start. End at the Roza Boat ramp makes for and 8 mile float, 3-4 hours on the river. There are other areas where you can exit the river for a shorter river float., such as the Lmuma Creek Recreation area.
Bring your cooler with your picnic and enjoy the ride. Relax, enjoy the scenery, visit with friends, take a break to swim or picnic and have a fun afternoon float on the river. WARNING: Do not access the Yakima River at Ringer Landing. There are trees down in the river.
In addition to camping options along the Yakima River, a stay in one of the many hotels or Bed & Breakfasts in Yakima means you can float the river during the day and enjoy a great meal, wine tasting and live music downtown on the weekends.
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