Yakima River Canyon Access

Category Overview

The State Lands Development and Renovation category provides funding to two state agencies to repair, renovate, and develop outdoor recreation facilities on existing recreation lands. As the popularity of outdoor recreation increases in our state, these grants help address overcrowding, ensure our outdoor amenities are safe for public use, improve visitor experience, and allow more people to enjoy our great outdoors.

Project Highlights

The Department of Fish and Wildlife will use this grant to develop the Yakima River Access Site on Canyon Road, north of Yakima and Selah. The department will create parking for 15 vehicles and a non-motorized drift boat and raft take-out, install a restroom, convert dirt roads to trails, direct travel away from sensitive riparian areas, and replant about 600 feet of shoreline. The Yakima River Canyon is a popular recreation area and one of the state’s best trout fisheries.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: State Lands Development & Renovation WWRP Grant: $179,756.50 Applicant Match: $1,626.50 Project Type: Development County: Kittitas Legislative District: 13 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 06-1736

Location Details

From I-90 Exit 109 in Ellensburg, travel south approximately 22 miles on Canyon Road (extension of Main St) which will become State Highway 821. The access site is approximately at Milepost 8.3 on highway 821, and is on the West side (Yakima River side) of the highway.

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.