Summer’s Final Taste of Whitewater on the Tieton River
By Ariahna Jones
When all of the other Cascade rivers have run dry, the Tieton River recharges due to the substantially anticipated annual dam release at the Rimrock Lake Reservoir just west of Yakima. The annual release, also recognized as a ‘flip-flop’ brings a switch in irrigation sources as the enhanced water down the Tieton assists make up for the annual reduction of releases from reservoirs feeding the Yakima River. The release delivers late season irrigation for surrounding vineyards and hops farms, enhanced habitat for spawning salmon in upper tributaries and the very best whitewater in the state for the month of September.
The whitewater run delivers 13 miles of class II – III+ excitement in a attractive canyon setting. An added bonus is the reasonably warm water that is released immediately after warming up all summer season in the Rimrock Lake Reservoir. Right after playing in rivers that are mainly fed by the icy cold snowmelt of the Cascades, the Tieton River can just about really feel tropical.
The annual increase of water in the Tieton River brings whitewater enthusiasts from about the state to soak up the final bit of whitewater and warm climate. Though the whitewater run is along the road, it is not advised for novices as this generally flowing creek turns to a river and leaves handful of eddies and shorelines to simply cease at.
There are numerous outfitters that run industrial trips all through the month of September on the Tieton Orion River Rafting, Wild Water, Osprey Rafting & River Riders are just a handful of of our hometown favorites!
Pro-Ideas: Most outfitters provide group discounts so grab some pals to take pleasure in the thrills of whitewater at a discounted price. Make a trip out of it by camping at 1 of the numerous campgrounds nearby and do not overlook to get a box of peaches in Naches on your way household!