Camping Overview

Overview

  • 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.

Two Campgrounds

  • 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.

Natural Features

  • Explore the massive basalt cliffs, rolling desert hills, riparian vegetation, and the cool water of the Yakima River.

Recreation

  • 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.

Activities

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    

Amenities

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

Nearby Attractions

  • 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.
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