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Upper Yakima River Guided Kayak & Rafting Trip

Upper Yakima River Guided Kayak & Rafting Trip

Cle Elum, July 22-23, 2022

Winter is over and the snow is melting away, but the Desert Ski & Snowboard Club isn’t finished having fun.  That melted snow running off of the Cascade Mountains provides a great opportunity for some scenic kayaking and rafting on the Upper Yakima River.  This is not the muddy Yakima that we see in the Tri-Cities; this stretch of the river is pristine, beautiful, and relatively clear and calm (please note that this is not what is commonly referred to as a “whitewater” trip). River flows are controlled by dam water releases upstream and July is the peak flow month, so there will be plenty of fresh cool water for our trip.

We’ll be running the river with Rill Adventures, a well-reviewed Central Washington Outfitter in business since 1996 and the longest running outfitter on the Yakima River ( About Us - Since 1996 | Rill Adventures). The “Main Event - Upper Yakima River” is Rill Adventures most popular guided kayaking/rafting trip.

“Beginning just south of Cle Elum on the Teanaway River, pine forests surround your group as you later descend into the drier shrub-steppe of Eastern Washington. The open landscape is ideal for spotting wildlife. There are plenty of calm areas to swim as well as some smaller rapids to get your adrenaline pumping (if you want, the guides can show you easier ways around the edges of the rapids).  Highlights of the trip include a 20 foot jumping rock, a railroad tunnel, lots swimming and the only set of Class II rapids on the Yakima (Class II: Rapids of moderate difficulty with clear river passages, great rafting for families with very small children or for people looking for an introduction to kayaking.)”

  • Who Loves This Float: Everyone!
  • Length: 3.5-4.5 hours on the water (add an additional 45 minutes roundtrip for the shuttle)
  • Age: Minimum recommended age is 4


    Kayak/Rafting Costs:

  • $112 per person for a 1-person single or a 2-person double inflatable kayak; price includes lunch, personal flotation devices (aka life jackets), paddles, guide service, and a shuttle for the drivers.
  • $85 per person for a 4-person or a 6-person raft; price includes lunch, personal flotation devices, paddles, guide service, and a shuttle for the drivers.
  • If you’re interested in using your own kayak/raft equipment please contact Jamie Zeisloft for additional information.



    Lodging and Social Event Costs:

    We’ll be staying at the Timberlodge Inn ( in Cle Elum.  We’ll meet at the Inn at 7:00 PM for a Friday night group beer, wine and pizza party. Lodging and social event costs are as follows.

  • $70 per person for the dinner party and a room with 1 or 2 queen beds (based on double occupancy).
  • $115 for one person for the dinner party and a room with 1 queen bed
  • A continental breakfast is provided with the rooms.


Drive yourself or carpool.  Cle Elum is approximately 105 miles from the Tri-Cities and a 2 hour 10 min drive.


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Friday, July 22, 2022 to Saturday, July 23, 2022

Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Jamie Zeisloft
Trip Leader
509-528-2020 (c)
Ski Trips
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Registration cancellations will be accepted until Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 7:00 PM
Cancellation Policy:
Note that with the decline of COVID, the standard DSC cancellation policy is now in effect.

Refunds will be made for cancellations, provided that your place on a trip is filled by a fully paid individual.

The trip leader will attempt to fill your cancellation from any waiting list. If the trip leader is not able to fill your cancellation from a waiting list, you may provide a replacement provided they are or become a DSC member.

If a replacement cannot be found, you will be refunded the amount you have paid, minus a cancellation fee and minus any costs which were incurred by the DSC on your behalf for which the DSC cannot recover the cost.

Full refunds will be provided for a trip which is cancelled by the DSC.
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Dinner and Accommodations: Option #1 - Share room - Share Bed
Dinner and Accommodations: Option #2 - Share room - Own Bed
Dinner and Accommodations: Option #3 - Single in Room
Guided Rafting and Lunch: Option #1 - Single or Double Kayak
Guided Rafting and Lunch: Option #2 - Four or Six Person Raft