Whitewater Rafting-The “Flip Flop” on the Tieton River!

Make your reservation now for the thrill of a lifetime! Whether you are a novice whitewater river rafter or experienced, the thrill on the nonstop, predominantly class 3 rapids of the Tieton River during the annual one month long “Flip Flop,” is guaranteed.

Where is the Tieton River? The Tieton River is located on the east side of White Pass, Hwy 12, 20 miles from Yakima, 40 miles from Packwood.
Why is this experience called the “Flip Flop?” The Yakima Basin reservoirs, managed by the Bureau of Reclamation release irrigation water on a cycle called “Flip-Flop”. This means that the Rimrock Reservoir feeding the Tieton River does not release its water until after Labor Day. Before Labor Day the irrigation water comes from northern reservoirs and is released into the Yakima River above the Yakima River Canyon.

Why is the Tieton River “Flip Flop” experience the fastest and best White Water rafting in Washington State? The Tieton River, during the Flip Flop, is class 3 rapids with non-stop whitewater, as well as the “fastest” whitewater in Washington State, with an average drop in elevation of 55 feet per mile. Most rivers drop at a rate of only 20 to 30 feet per mile.

When can I experience the Flip Flop? The water is released in the Tieton River from Rimrock Lake Dam during Labor Day weekend September 4th and continues for the month of September.
What time are the rafting trips? Osprey Rafting schedules trip at 9a.m. and 1p.m. Each trip includes a lunch BBQ, of beef, chicken or veggie burgers, local watermelon, fresh corn on the cob, chips-salsa and lemonade.
Is the water cold? The water that is released has been warmed in the lake all summer and is the warmest whitewater rafting experience in the state.

How long is the white water rafting experience? Trip length is 12 miles. A typical guided float trip takes approximately three hours.
Do I need a River Guide? Rafting with a guide will assure the proper safety gear and support for this challenging river. The professionals at Osprey know the river well, Osprey Rafting company will provide you with wetsuits, paddles, helmets, life jackets, safety talk, friendly & experienced guide, and all transportation to/from our staging area. Osprey Rafting Company has a beautiful staging area 24 miles west of Yakima on Hwy 12, twelve miles up the Tieton River from the junction of Hwy 410 and Hwy 12.
Where can I stay in Yakima? The Best Western Ahtanum Inn, in Yakima offers special rates to those who are rafting the Tieton River with Osprey Rafting.


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