River Rafting on the Yakima River
 

Date
: Saturday September 3, 2016 
Time
: 8:30-3:00 PM
Fee
: $28 per person (Note: Your spot is not confirmed until payment is received!)
Wear
: Water shoes or sandals are recommended
Bring
: Drinking water, lunch, and water toys, Release Form FILLED OUT
Provided: 
A sack lunch and one bottle of water is provided. 



This is a fun, popular off-site activity available for an additional fee of $20 per person. The group of rafters will depart from the Registration tent area at 8:30AM. Pleaseshow up prior to 8:30 AM to fill out the waiver form. The kitchen will have a light breakfast ready for you around 8:00 am.  The rafters will need to carpool to the departure area on the Yakima River.

We have up to 100 available slots for rafting on Saturday. Kids ages 8 and up are welcome. Children 8-16 need to be accompanied by an adult. Participants will need to wear clothes they are comfortable getting wet in. Water shoes or strap-on sandals are recommended. The trip from departure to return to the ranch typically takes 5 - 6 hours. Jeans and other cotton clothing are NOT recommended attire as they get heavy when wet. NOTE: Don’t bring anything on the rafting trip that you don’t want to lose in the river!
 
If you have not already done so, please go to the registration page and click on this activity to register and pay for it. If you have further questions, please email us at ensignranchsacampout@gmail.comRemember, payment MUST be made ahead of time in order for your spots to be confirmed!


Rafting the Upper Yakima River Class I-II

The upper section of the Yakima River flows through the foothills of the Cascade Mountains between Cle Elum and Thorp. Because of the drop in elevation from mountains to plains, this section of river is swift and somewhat choppy. Your group will need to be able to paddle together well in order to maneuver your equipment to get in and out of the river and keep your raft away from the banks. This area is manageable by novices but is not for those who want a lazy day where your paddles never have to touch the water. This section has one set of Class II rapids, which is usually the highlight of the trip, but can be avoided by floating on the other side of the river. 

The Upper Yakima flows through private farmland and deep canyons with basalt cliffs. The banks are forested with pine trees and brush. Throughout your float you will see birds, ducks, cranes, and the occasional deer.