Yakima River Canyon Trip

Yakima River Canyon is 2 hours east of Seattle in sunnier Central Washington. Our Yakima River SUP trip will take you through the winding canyon south of Ellensburg. You’ll follows Highway 821, a Scenic Byway through sage covered hills and basalt lined cliffs, some up to 2,000 feet high. The canyon has the densest population of falcons, eagles and hawks in the State. Big horn sheep are often seen in the hills above.  

This section of the Yakima is also a blue ribbon catch and release fly fishing river. Fishing dories and summer rafters are a common sight along the river. 

Floats can vary from 9 to 19 miles. We have a number of options for our put-in and take-out depending on the duration of the trip and whether we float or paddle. The river flow varies between calm pools to shallow riffles to small rapids depending on river levels. 

Wildflowers line the canyon in the Spring and canyon temps in summer can get into the 90’s making it an ideal summer trip while Autumn brings out beautiful Fall colors.  There is camping along the river as well as a fly fishing resort mid-way down the canyon. 

Skill Prerequisites: Intermediate

You should know how to comfortably stand in slightly rough water, wind waves or small surf. Also know how to fall safely and get back on without any issues. This is a Class 1 – 1+ river, meaning lake like to small rapids.  

“I’ve had many SUP, surfing (and beyond) lessons world-wide but I haven’t found an expert in the area that compares to Rob’s level of quality experience, competency and teaching skills. Rob emphasizes safety first and caters to each individuals personal learning style in delivering quality instruction to paddlers of all levels. He truly went above and beyond and has set the bar extremely high for a business model that I hope to mirror. I will definitely return to him for further training.”

- Amber W

Class Details:

Private Trips Only – Contact me to schedule a date that works for you. Weekdays welcome. 

Class Size: 1 – 6 People group rate or private class

Duration: 4-5 hours including breaks along the river.

Skill Level: Intermediate. You should be comfortable standing in rough water and know how to fall and climb back on easily. 


3 people: 225 per person with gear / 199 with your own gear.

2 Person Rate: 275 per person with our gear / 225 with your own gear.

Private (1-1): 399 with our gear / 373 with your gear.

Rental gear includes a stable board, paddle, PFD (life vest), river leash, wetsuit, booties, gloves.

Required Gear: Super stable inflatable or hard board, rubber fin, coiled leash or river leash, vest PFD (no inflatable PFD’s), booties to protect feet, paddling helmet (can be removed for flat sections).  Fall-Spring: Full wet or drysuit and optional gloves and neoprene hood for warmth. Note: Leash will be attached to your vest pfd side straps for easy removal. 

Alumni/Repeat Classes: $25 off per person.

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“Rob is an expert in SUP and offers even more relevant training and helpful information because of his background in kayaking. His skill, knowledge and expertise exceeded my expectations. He presented the information and training in a very clear and concise manner; adding many various tips throughout his instruction. Rob is encouraging, patient and practical – all very important traits when teaching a subject. The course more than met my needs – I learned a lot and as a beginner – I have a lot to learn. I will continue to turn to him as my ‘go to’ resource in all matters SUP. I’m extremely glad I chose Salmon Bay Paddle and Rob for my first professional training in SUP. I felt safe and confident with him the whole time.”

- Leah R

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