Yakima River Access Survey - Please Participate!

May 4, 2018

Right now the county is working very hard on improving and developing public access sites on the Yakima River.  It's a long survey, but do your best to answer everything you can and support this project. 

I'm involved an it's a great committee.  We have some really great folks working on this, and they are pushing this rock up the hill at a blistering rate.  Acquiring land, access, and making improvements is tough work.  Please give us a hand by submitting your feedback here on this survey.  There is a bit more detail in the text body below, but the link is right here below. 

Kittitas County Press Release


For Immediate Release


Kittitas County, WA - 05/04/2018 - Kittitas County has released a survey to gather input and data on how people are using the various portions of the Yakima and Cle Elum Rivers. It also seeks information from participants as to what improvements would be appropriate. The survey is part of an ongoing effort to develop a strategy for improving access along both river corridors. The County began the planning process several months ago by hiring a consultant, Beckwith Consulting, and by appointing a Citizen’s Advisory Committee to direct and manage the effort. The survey can be found on the County’s website at www.co.kittitas.wa.us, or at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KittitasCountyRiversSurvey.

Anyone who recreates along the river corridors is encouraged to participate in the survey.  The survey will gather data and opinions on a variety of activities including fishing, boating, camping, bicycling, hunting, bird watching, photography and more.  The information received from respondents will be reviewed by the committee and the public and will be utilized in developing the final plan.  Participants may also include contact information to be eligible for a drawing for a $250 gift certificate as a thank you for being part of the survey.


The river access improvement planning effort is led by the County’s Public Lands Advisory Committee.  It is a county-wide effort focusing on the entire mainstem of the Yakima River and the portion of the Cle Elum River downstream from Cle Elum Dam.  Funding for the plan is being provided by the County’s lodging tax program.  The County hopes to complete the plan by June 30.

  1. Far too little public access for wade fishing. I wouls spend a lot more time and money in local towns if better wading and parking access
  2. Submitted. Thanks for the post.
  3. I agree with an earlier comment that there is far tool little access for wade fishing, and my wife and I would spend more "time and money" also, rather than going to the east fork of the Snake, or Fernie, BC to fish the Elk or the Montana and Wyoming river jewels. Good luck in your efforts.