Difficulty: Class III-IV
The Tieton River near Yakima WA. is a fall classic here in Washington state. In September, the Rimrock dam is opened to provide water in the Lower Yakima river basin, and before the lower valley gets the water, we raft it in the upper area of the Tieton River. Being the steepest river we run provides for continuous whitewater over the course of this river adventure. In addition, the water is warmer than any river we run as it has had all summer to warm up behind the walls of the dam. This is a great river adventure for the experienced river veteran or an adventurous first timer; great for kids 10 and up too.
Rimrock to Windy Point
3 hours SE of Seattle, 2 hours from Tacoma, and only 30 minutes from Yakima
- Class 3 and 4
- Just West of Yakima
- Great for 1st timers
- Steep rapids
- Runs in September only
September Is the Time to Challenge the Tieton:
Catch excitement within a limited time! The Tieton River is at its swiftest during the month of September, when the floodgates of Rimrock Lake open. As a result, the mostly calm river transforms into a fast and furious course. During this month, the Tieton River boasts Class 3 and 4 rapids. Water movement that is rated in these tiers is widely known for high speeds and bumpy rides. In other words, Mother Nature has set up a mean coaster for rafters to challenge.
Are you and your friends brave enough to conquer what the mighty Tieton has to offer? Test your skills and let our experienced river guides show you the way. Whether you’re a first-timer or a regular thrill seeker, we let you experience the river to the fullest. Every raft group is provided the proper equipment–including safety gear. On top of that, a seasoned guide will be with your group throughout the trip. Each of our guides is thoroughly trained and experienced in whitewater rafting, and we also make a point to teach vital techniques and calls that make your experience safe and enjoyable.
A Wealth of Entertainment near the Banks:
The Tieton River area is home to lush foliage and active wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled and you will see the bounty of nature and its untamed splendor. Of course, there is so much more to see and do along the river. The Tieton is also a popular location for catching touring bands and other outdoor shows. In fact, music festivals are hosted while the river valley is at its most active. Big-name sets like the Dave Matthews Band make their stops here, so you can expect a thrilling day of rafting, followed by a mellow evening. This is your location for the perfect summer send-off.
What’s Tremendous about Tieton River:
- The Bureau of Land Reclamation opens the floodgates on Rimrock Lake so we get a fast river every time.
- It’s the steepest river we run, with a 600-foot drop in elevation from launch to finish.
- A perfect raft adventure when other rivers are running out of rapids.
Our riverside buffet lunch is served either before the trip or after, depending on when you raft. Our improved lunch features a healthy, “create-your-own” garden fresh wrap, served with watermelon and two types of beverages.
Contact us to reserve your spot for a Tieton River rafting tour. We proudly serve visitors and thrill seekers throughout the Tieton River area.