Yakima River Access At Thorp

Category Overview

Washington is famous for its gorgeous and abundant waterways, from the Salish Sea to the Nisqually River, but many communities lack open public beaches and waterfronts where everyone can enjoy picnicking, swimming, paddling, boating, and angling. Water Access projects fund public shoreline access, boat launches, and fishing docks to create more opportunities for water recreation.

Project Highlights

This project involves the purchase & protection of approximately 900 lineal feet of shoreline along the Yakima River. Currently owned by DOT, this flood plain property is one of few publicly owned parcels adjacent to the Yakima River in this area. Acquisition of this property would provide the opportunity to create an “unimproved” boat & raft “take out” about 3 miles above Ellensburg’s diversion dam by providing a take out for watercraft launched upstream. Watercraft must currently portage around the dam or attempt to negotiate the drop which can be dangerous under some flow conditions. An unimproved ramp & small graveled parking area at this site would provide additional river recreation opportunity while ensuring the protection of the riparian area. This property would also provide foot access for recreational fishing & access to a stream reach that is now entirely private.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: Water Access WWRP Grant: $53,670.36 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition & Development County: Kittitas Legislative District: 13 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 00-1462

Location Details

Take the I-90 east exit towards Spokane. Take the Thorp Highway exti #101, turn left on Thorp Highway. Access site is located just before Dudley Road and a large bridge.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.