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Washington whitewater, Tieton River

Yakima county, Rimrock Reservoir to Windy Point Campground section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III+     11.5 miles
  The wonderful Yakima County scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Tieton River are reasons enough to come here and paddle. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often more difficult than elsewhere, so better not forget that the rivers in this state are less manageable. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. If
    you're coming from Yakima it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down. The Northern Cascade Range scenery is wonderful. This is not the only paddling stretch in this
river system, there are others too. You can enjoy this stretch more if you take your time, so pack your camping stuff. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling rivers. This stretch of Tieton River in Yakima County is 11.5 miles long and it is classified as a class III+ section by American Whitewater. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots  
of people.

Briefly about the general area:
Near Tieton River you come across the Grey Rock Trail which is a wonderful hiking trail. At Tieton River all through the warm months highs are in the 70's. For the period of the moonlight hours it's frequently in the 50's. High temperatures all through the winter are normally in the 40's, and winter nights come with lows in the 20's to Tieton River. Tieton River commonly gets much rain. Through January this area sees the most rain, and the driest of the months is July.

Tieton River, Rimrock Reservoir to Windy Point Campground 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 Tieton River.
 Whitewater Near Tieton River:
Rattlesnake Creek - Naches Tributary, Yakima County, 7 miles away
      Class III - 7.7 miles long (North Fork to Nile Road Bridge)
Tieton River, Yakima County, 7 miles away
      Class III+ - 11.5 miles long (Rimrock Reservoir to Windy Point Campground)
Tieton River, Yakima County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 8.5 miles long (Windy Point Campground to Naches)
Naches River, Yakima County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 34 miles long (Sawmill Flat to bl. Town of Naches)
Tieton River - South Fork, Yakima County, 15 miles away
      Class IV(V+) - 5.7 miles long (Grey Creek Campground to Rimrock Lake)
American River, Yakima County, 18 miles away
      Class II+ - 5 miles long (American Forks to Sawmill Flat)
Bumping River, Yakima County, 21 miles away
      Class II - 10.5 miles long (Bumping Reservoir to American River)
American River, Yakima County, 22 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.7 miles long (Hell's Crossing to American Forks)
Little Naches River, Yakima/Kittitas County, 23 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 9.5 miles long (Matthew Creek to Little Naches Campground)
Yakima River, Benton/Yakima County, 26 miles away
      Class II - 15.1 miles long (Confluence with Teanaway River to Thorp)
 Ski Areas Near Tieton River:
White Pass, Washington , 26 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 34 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 44 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Alpental, Washington , 46 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 52 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 52 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 73 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 78 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 80 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 83 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
 Hotels Near Tieton River:
Best Western Snowcap Lodge, Cle Elum , 25 miles away
Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum , 25 miles away
Timber Lodge Inn, Cle Elum , 25 miles away
Econo Lodge Near Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum , 25 miles away
Comfort Suites Yakima, Yakima , 32 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Tieton River:
Willows Campground, Yakima County, 2 miles away
Willows, Naches, 2 miles away
Bear Lake Campground, Yakima County, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Tieton River:
Grey Rock Trail, Yakima , 8 miles away, 4.8 hiking miles, 803 feet elevation difference
Rattlesnake Trail, Yakima , 16 miles away, 13.5 hiking miles, 2679 feet elevation difference
Little Wildcat Trail, Yakima , 16 miles away,  13.6 hiking miles, 1780 feet elevation difference
Kaner Flat Trail, Kittitas , 16 miles away, 7.3 hiking miles, 4400 feet elevation difference
Ironstone Mountain Trail, Yakima , 17 miles away,  7.6 hiking miles, 2130 feet elevation difference
Keenan Meadows Trail, Klickitat , 17 miles away, 2.9 hiking miles, 826 feet elevation difference
Quartz Creek Trail, Kittitas , 18 miles away, 6.6 hiking miles, 3413 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Tieton River:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 67 miles away
Fort Simcoe State Park, Washington , 20 miles away
Iron Horse State Park, Washington , 28 miles away
Lake Easton State Park, Washington , 30 miles away
 Lakes Near Tieton River
Rimrock Lake, Yakima , 8 miles away
Flat Iron Lake, Yakima , 16 miles away
Lost Lake, Kittitas , 16 miles away

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