Yakima, Washington, US
|Usual Difficulty||II (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||14 fpm|
|YAKIMA RIVER AT UMTANUM, WA|
|usgs-12484500||1000 - 15000 cfs||II||00h53m||869 cfs (too low)|
With a consistent release from upstream reservoirs supplying irrigation demand this is a good float through the summer. Be aware of wood hazards and avoid the irrigation weir that forms a dangerous hydraulic (either take-out upstream or make a plan to portage).
A standard run is from the Teanaway confluence down to the Thorp Highway Bridge. For a longer run you can put-in further upstream on the Cle Elum River at Bullfrog Road just before it joins the Yakima River.
The put-in at the Teanaway confluence is a WDFW site (Discover Pass required). At Highway 970 mile 2.5 (just west of the junction of Highway 970 and Highway 10) turn south on a dirt road following the signs for river access across the railroad tracks and continuing about a 1/4 mile down to the river.
To reach the take-out from the put-in, head back out to Highway 970, and in 0.1 mile turn right on Highway 10. Follow it 9 miles and then turn right on Thorp Highway. Continue 0.9 mile down Thorp Highway to the bridge across the river. Access is available on the downstream river right side of the bridge.
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