Thursday, July 15, 2010

Floating the Yakima River Canyon

What could be better than floating leisurely down the Yakima River when the temperatures are in the 90's. The Yakima River is a gentle class II river surrounded by volcanic basalt cliffs and arid sagebrush covered hills. You may see eagles soaring above the river, possibly elk and big horn sheep.

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 point along the river. The Umtanum Recreation Area boat ramp is a great place to start and ending at the Roza boat ramp makes for an 8 mile float, which is 3 to 4 hours on the river. There are other areas where you can exit the river, such as the Lmuma Creek Recreation area if you are looking for a shorter river float.

Bring your cooler with your picnic and enjoy the ride. Relax, enjoy the scenery, visit with friends, take a break to swim or eat your picnic and have a fun afternoon float on the river.

In addition to camping options along the Yakima River, Canyon River Ranch features a
great room with massive stone fireplace, library, game room, outdoor terrace, outdoor pool and spa, making it the ideal place to stay.

If you would like to stay closer to Yakima and enjoy the evening wine tasting and nightlife , yet enjoy the lodge experience North Park Lodge in Selah
is the place to be. Offering spacious rooms, indoor pool and spa and tanning beds, making this a comfortable stay.

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