- The gentle Yakima River winds for 27 miles through massive basalt cliffs and rolling desert hills between Ellensburg and Yakima, Washington. This area is popular for wildlife viewing, fishing, and floating the river.
- Both campgrounds offer a variety of shaded sites perfect for avoiding a lot of sun, fire rings, and "Porta-potty toilets. Hookups and potable water are not provided. There are public raft launches at both sites. Motorboats are prohibited upstream from Roza.
- Explore the massive basalt cliffs, rolling desert hills, riparian vegetation, and the cool water of the Yakima River.
- The Yakima River Canyon is a popular destination for plant and wildlife viewing, including bighorn sheep, various birds of prey, and mule deer. This section of the river is classified as a Blue Ribbon trout stream, but is catch and release only. One of the most popular summer activities is floating the river, which is a family-friendly Class 1 river with no rapids. Rafters often put in at Lower Umtanum or Bighorn and take out at Roza dam.
Wildlife Viewing Water Sports Hunting Hiking Fishing Camping
Boating Canoeing Non-Motorized Boating Paddling
Picnicking Photography Rafting River Trips Scenic Drive Star Gazing
Swimming Tubing Water Access Water Activities Birding
Accessible Parking Accessible Porta-potty toilets Boat Ramps
Campfire Rings Geological Attractions Pets Allowed
RV Parking River Access Scenic Overlooks Self Pay Station
Shade Waterfront Sites Fire Pit
- Red's Fly Shop has all your hunting and fly-fishing needs is a few miles toward Yakima.
- Canyon River Grill has great food, espresso, and a full bar and is a few miles toward Yakima.
- The cities of Ellensburg and Yakima, Central Washington University, and Cowiche Canyon trails are nearby. Umtanum recreation site (this is a paid site and a pass from BLM is required) offers a footbridge to cross the Yakima River and access to Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife Lands on the west side of the river.