Yakima River Public Access Workshops - PLEASE ATTEND

April 11, 2018

Like most of you, I LOVE public land and access.  Especially on the Yakima River. I am currently working on a public advisory committee along with other locals to improve public access to the Yakima River for various user groups.  Kittitas County initiated the project and it's important to us all.  We're having some public forums next week and I encourage you to attend as many as apply to you. The group is working very hard but needs your input.

The meeting at 4:00 pm on Tuesday is specific to anglers, but I think many of us use the Yakima River and the Canyon especially for a lot of other types of recreation.  All meetings will be held at the Kittitas Valley Event Center, Armory Building.

Please share this post with all of your friends that may be interested in having some input or attending.


Tuesday, April 17th 

  • 1:00 PM Agencies
  • 4:00 PM Fishermen/Fishing Guides
  • 7:00 PM Private Landowners

Wednesday, 4/18 

  • 3:00 PM Emergency Responders
  • 5:00 PM Rafters
  • 7:00 PM Non-Fishing Boaters

Thursday, 4/19

  • 1:00 PM Wildlife Viewing/Photography
  • 5:00 PM Campers/Hikers
  • 7:00 PM Hunters

  1. Joe, Is there some place we could send comments to, without making the trek to E-Burg? Something that might be brought up at the meeting by someone? I really think it is time to get the happy floaters to pitch in for the use of a great resource. Like some waters I have traveled to, they require a pass to be purchased and a tag for the user. I would think this could limit the over use which I think is happening now, as well as get revenue to clean up the mess left behind and inform and teach some etiquette. Also, I think signs at the popular put ins and a complementary garbage bag like in Montana could help with the litter (beer bottle, can) issue. The signs or pamphlets could explain some river manners about respecting the river and the other people who use it, like fisherman how not to float up on their anchor rope, or travel between them and the shoreline or use the river as a garbage can, wait till you get to the pull out and there should be more garbage cans available, all paid for by the user fee. We all buy our fishing licenses parking passes. I don't like to be the guy who bitches then does not come to the meetings, but I do have input, I tried going to Game department, but they were not very receptive. Thanks, Will