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Washington whitewater, Bumping River

Yakima county, Bumping Reservoir to American River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     10.5 miles
  The wonderful Washington scenery and the cool fresh water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often tougher than in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. The Bumping Reservoir to American River section of Bumping River in Yakima County is 10.5 miles long and it is classified as a class
    II section by American Whitewater. If you're coming from Ellensburg it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This stretch is long
enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so why not pack your camp stove too. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. The beauty of the Northern Cascade Range is a great plus for this river. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty  
of rivers for that. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Bumping Reservoir to American River section is one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
Bumping River is right by the Goat Creek Trail, and Soda Springs is a glorious local attraction. You'll truly wish for more hours in a day to enjoy all the fun things in the Northern Cascade Range. Take a hike on the Nile Ridge Trail. Summertime highs at Bumping River typically tend to be in the 70's.

Bumping River, Bumping Reservoir to American River road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Bumping River.
 Whitewater Near Bumping River:
American River, Yakima County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.7 miles long (Hell's Crossing to American Forks)
American River, Yakima County, 5 miles away
      Class II+ - 5 miles long (American Forks to Sawmill Flat)
Bumping River, Yakima County, 5 miles away
      Class II - 10.5 miles long (Bumping Reservoir to American River)
Little Naches River, Yakima/Kittitas County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 9.5 miles long (Matthew Creek to Little Naches Campground)
Naches River, Yakima County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 34 miles long (Sawmill Flat to bl. Town of Naches)
American River, -blank- County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 7.5 miles long (Lodgepole Campground to Hell's Crossing)
Rattlesnake Creek - Naches Tributary, Yakima County, 12 miles away
      Class III - 7.7 miles long (North Fork to Nile Road Bridge)
Tieton River, Yakima County, 14 miles away
      Class III+ - 11.5 miles long (Rimrock Reservoir to Windy Point Campground)
Tieton River - South Fork, Yakima County, 16 miles away
      Class IV(V+) - 5.7 miles long (Grey Creek Campground to Rimrock Lake)
Cle Elum River, Kittitas County, 19 miles away
      Class II - 7.8 miles long (Cle Elum Dam to confluence with Yakima River)
 Ski Areas Near Bumping River:
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 17 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
White Pass, Washington , 18 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 26 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Alpental, Washington , 28 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 37 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 60 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 76 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 81 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 82 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 85 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
 Hotels Near Bumping River:
Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum , 20 miles away
Best Western Snowcap Lodge, Cle Elum , 23 miles away
Timber Lodge Inn, Cle Elum , 24 miles away
Econo Lodge Near Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum , 25 miles away
Hampton Inn Ellensburg, Ellensburg , 44 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Bumping River:
Cougar Flat Campground, Yakima County, 1 miles away
Soda Springs, Goose Prairie, 1 miles away
Soda Springs Campground, Yakima County, 1 miles away
 Trails Near Bumping River:
Goat Creek Trail, Yakima , 2 miles away,  8 hiking miles, 3879 feet elevation difference
Nile Ridge Trail, Yakima , 2 miles away, 5.6 hiking miles, 3162 feet elevation difference
Fifes Ridge Trail, Yakima , 2 miles away, 13 hiking miles, 4581 feet elevation difference
Richmond Mine Trail, Yakima , 4 miles away,  10 hiking miles, 3203 feet elevation difference
Goose Prairie Trail, Yakima , 6 miles away,  9.6 hiking miles, 3246 feet elevation difference
South Fork Trail, Yakima , 6 miles away, 5 hiking miles, 2365 feet elevation difference
Middle Fork Trail, Yakima , 8 miles away, 7.2 hiking miles, 3118 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Bumping River:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 53 miles away
Lake Easton State Park, Washington , 16 miles away
Iron Horse State Park, Washington , 19 miles away
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington , 20 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Bumping River:
Prospector Golf At Suncadia, Cle Elum , 20 miles away
 Lakes Near Bumping River
Flat Iron Lake, Yakima , 3 miles away
Granite Lake, Yakima , 10 miles away
Rimrock Lake, Yakima , 14 miles away

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