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Washington whitewater, Yakima River

Benton Yakima county, Confluence with Teanaway River to Thorp section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II     15.1 miles
  This section of Yakima River in Washington is 15.1 miles long and is a class II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The scenic beauty of Benton/Yakima County and the water flowing gracefully down Yakima River beats anything. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Washington tend to be more challenging than the national average, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many runs in this state are not easy. The starting
    location is a reasonable drive from Ellensburg, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Confluence with Teanaway
River to Thorp stretch is one of them. If you hurry you can run this section in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so pack your sleeping bag. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, there are lots of good places for that around here. When you're paddling down a Northern Cascade Range river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away  
from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. Getting a good workout and spending some quality time in nature will have you coming back for more. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
Good hiking is available along the Teanaway Wilson Stock Trail, and you'll meet a lot of people from Cle Elum here. There's no way someone can get bored here in the Northern Cascade Range. There's great hiking along the Miller Peak Trail; Horse Canyon is also a fine site to explore.

Yakima River, Confluence with Teanaway River to Thorp road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Yakima River.
 Whitewater Near Yakima River:
Whitewater Outfitter - Rill Adventures Raft Rentals, Kittitas County, 5 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - River Raft Rentals, Kittitas County, 6 miles away
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Yakima River, Benton/Yakima County, 6 miles away
      Class II - 15.1 miles long (Confluence with Teanaway River to Thorp)
Teanaway River, Kittitas County, 11 miles away
      Class II+ - 7 miles long (North Fork Teanaway to East Masterson Road)
Teanaway River - North Fork, Kittitas County, 16 miles away
      Class III+ - 3.9 miles long (Johnson Creek to Stafford Creek)
Ingalls Creek, Chelan County, 17 miles away
      Class IV - 1 miles long (Ingalls Creek Road to Peshastin Creek)
Peshastin Creek, Chelan County, 17 miles away
      Class III-IV - 8.5 miles long (Highway 97 culvert to Wenatchee River)
Icicle Creek, Chelan County, 20 miles away
      Class IV+ - 2.2 miles long (Snow Creek trailhead to Leavenworth Hatchery)
Cle Elum River, Kittitas County, 23 miles away
      Class II - 7.8 miles long (Cle Elum Dam to confluence with Yakima River)
Tieton River, Yakima County, 23 miles away
      Class II-III - 8.5 miles long (Windy Point Campground to Naches)
 Ski Areas Near Yakima River:
Mission Ridge, Washington , 25 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 47 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 48 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Alpental, Washington , 50 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
White Pass, Washington , 50 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 51 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Echo Valley, Washington , 61 miles away, 900 foot drop, 4 lifts, 8 runs
Loup Loup Ski Bowl, Washington , 83 miles away, 1240 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 100 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near Yakima River:
Hampton Inn Ellensburg, Ellensburg , 12 miles away
Econo Lodge Ellensburg, Ellensburg , 12 miles away
Econo Lodge Near Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum , 13 miles away
Timber Lodge Inn, Cle Elum , 14 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Lincoln Inn & Suites, Ellensburg , 15 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Yakima River:
Joe Watt Canyon, Cle Elum, 2 miles away
Elk Heights Sno-Park, Cle Elum, 3 miles away
Robinson Canyon, Ellensburg, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Yakima River:
Teanaway Wilson Stock Trail, Kittitas , 12 miles away,  5.6 hiking miles, 1087 feet elevation difference
Miller Peak Trail, Kittitas , 13 miles away,  4 hiking miles, 2765 feet elevation difference
County Line Trail, Chelan , 15 miles away, 0.6 hiking miles, 455 feet elevation difference
Keenan Meadows Trail, Klickitat , 16 miles away, 2.9 hiking miles, 826 feet elevation difference
High Creek Trail, Kittitas , 17 miles away, 1.7 hiking miles, 412 feet elevation difference
Fishhook Flats Trail, Kittitas , 17 miles away, 2 hiking miles, 581 feet elevation difference
Frost Mountain Lookout Trail, Kittitas , 18 miles away, 4.6 hiking miles, 2361 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Yakima River:
Olmstead Place State Park, Washington , 20 miles away
Iron Horse State Park, Washington , 24 miles away
Yakima Sportsman State Park, Washington , 32 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Yakima River:
Ellensburg Golf & Country Club, Ellensburg , 9 miles away
Reecer Creek Golf & Country Club, Ellensburg , 14 miles away
Suncadia Prospector Golf, Cle Elum , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Yakima River
Lost Lake, Kittitas , 16 miles away
Toketie Lake, Chelan , 18 miles away

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