Fall in Central Washington | Things To Do, Restaurants, State Parks, Camping

Fall Activities

This is Central Washington, and this is an outdoorsman's paradise. For those wishing to hike, bike, golf, hunt, or fish, our scenic little part of Washington is beyond compare. Ranging from the Cascades to the Columbia, there are over 2,300 square miles to explore.
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Nothing beats a lovely park on a beautiful day -- and Central Washington is both full of parks and heavy on the sunshine. From Japanese Gardens and Wind Farms to Memorial Parks and Disc Golf Courses the variety of parks in this area is amazing.

Pack a picnic and your favorite photography device and join us for an afternoon (or several afternoons) on your next visit.

Which Central Washington park is your favorite? What's your favorite park activity?

Cle Elum City Park
West 2nd St & Reed Avenue
Cle Elum, WA 98922

Picnic tables, BBQ grills, restrooms, shelter, playground equipment and horseshoe pits furnish this treed park just north of downtown Cle Elum.

CWU Japanese Gardens
400 E. 8th Avenue
Ellensburg, WA 98926

The Garden represents the bonds of friendship and understanding which exists between people of Japan and those of the Central Washington Region.

Each year the Garden is visited by Masa Mizuno of Masa and Associates Inc., the Japanese landscape architect who designed it. During his visits he provides consultation and training to Central's grounds crew in the ongoing maintenance of the Garden.

Ellensburg Memorial Park and City Pool
815 E. Sixth Ave.
Ellensburg, WA 98926

This park provides picnic shelters, barbecue grills, playgrounds, horseshoe pits, a basketball court and an open area for community events and festivals. The park grounds are where the Kittitas County Fair and Rodeo is held each year.

Also on the site sits the City Pool. The building has a full sized Olympic pool with regular swim hours, a weight room, jacuzzi, sauna, and children's wading pool.

Ellensburg Racquet & Recreation Center
6061 Vantage Highway
Vantage, WA 98950

3 heated indoor tennis courts, 3 racquetball courts, and a fitness-weight room.  Men & women's locker rooms with saunas.  Recreational activities including birthday parties, Tiny Tots Sports for children 3-5 years old, In-Line Hockey, Indoor Playground and indoor senior walking.

Ellensburg Skate Park
N Pearl St
Ellensburg, WA 98926

Ramps, jumps and rails for skate boarders.  Located at 2nd and Pearl St and across from the Police Station.

Helen McCabe State Park
Thrall Road & the Yakima River Canyon
Ellensburg, WA 98926

Helen McCabe State Park is a relatively undeveloped park located at the entrance of the Yakima River Canyon, just a few miles south of Ellensburg. The park was named in memory of Helen McCabe, a Central Washington University recreation professor, who cherished the outdoors and Washington's recreational opportunities.

The Washington State Parks department maintains the park year around with the help of local agencies. There is an eight acre stocked pond located in the park for fishing and there are also several hiking trails around the area.

An interpretive center is being built in the park to share information on the natural and cultural values of the 33 mile Yakima River Byway.

Irene Rinehart Riverfront Park
1081 Umptanum Rd.
Ellensburg, Wa 98926
Call: 509-962-7204

Irene Rinehart Park has plenty to offer for visitors and locals as well! Immediately at the entrance is a spot to put into the Yakima River for fly fishing enthusiasts. Down the road from the entrance is Carey Lake and the picnic area.  There is plenty of room for a picnic, swimming, Frisbee or just lying in the sun.  It is a great spot for all ages for bird watching, biking or walking the trails. Other amenities include a boat launch, sand volleyball area, barbecue facility and a large open lawn near the lake.

There is an easy trail that follows along the river that wraps around the other side of the lake.

The trail is used for fishing, a leisurely walk or for cross-country skiing in the winter.  Another trail heads toward the Ellensburg Rotary Park ball fields and is the starting point of many road biking loops.

The park is located off of Umptantum Road about a mile from Main Street in Ellensburg. Umptantum turns off of Main Street at McDonalds Restaurant.
Hours: May 16 -- September 14

Kiwanis Park
Ellensburg, WA 98926

Amenities include a picnic shelter, children's play area, basketball court, junior baseball field, and restrooms. Follow Main Street north until you reach the park on the right near 14th Avenue.

Leah Polacek Butterfly Garden
400 E. University Way CWU
Ellensburg, WA
Call: (509) 963-1493

Serves as a unique and educational sanctuary for butterflies and as a place of reflection for students, faculty, staff, and visitors to campus.
Located on campus next to Mitchell Hall

Lions - Mountain View Park
1200 East Seattle St.
Ellensburg WA, 98926

This park has two soccer fields, an outdoor roller hockey rink, baseball field, picnic shelter, barbecues, toddler and youth play structures, and restrooms. Find it at 1200 East Seattle St. in Ellensburg, WA.

McElroy Park
1703 Brick Road
Ellensburg, WA 98926

This park includes a walking and jogging trail, pond, natural area, picnic tables and a natural play structure for the kids.

Olmstead State Park
921 Ferguson Rd.
Ellensburg, WA 98926

The Olmstead State park is a working pioneer farm and hails as one of the first homesteads in the Kittitas Valley. Many of the original buildings still stand including a log cabin built in 1875 by the Olmstead family. In addition there is a dairy barn, a grainery, a wagon shed, a hay barn as well as the Olmstead family home.

The park consists of 217 acres of farmland and encompasses activities such as hiking, fishing, interpretive trails, wildlife viewing, and a living farm museum. During the winter there is also cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on the site.

Several picnic tables are available and can be reserved by contacting the park.


Summer 6:30 AM -- Dusk
Winter 8:00 AM -- Dusk

Reed Park
1200 E. 6th
Ellensburg, WA 98926

Get a panoramic view of the valley from Ellensburg's Reed Park! Directly above the Ellensburg Rodeo and Fairgrounds, the park provides a panoramic view of the city, Central Washington University, Kittitas Valley and the Stuart Range. The hill becomes a popular sledding run in the winter and in the summer there is a sagebrush trail that can be explored.

Also in the park is the American Legion 'Vista House.' The building has castle turrets topped by fortress-like parapets, looking like it is guarding the city from unwanted intruders.

Reed Park is a great spot during Rodeo and Fair time when the fair grounds are busy with activity.

Roslyn City Park
3rd Street & Idaho Avenue
Roslyn, WA 98941

This park is next to downtown Roslyn and provides picnic tables, a gazebo shelter, restrooms, a softball field and a tennis court.

Rotary Park
900 West Third Avenue
Ellensburg, Ellensburg, WA 98

Park amenties include picnic shelter, two children's playground structures, restrooms, 4 youth baseball fields, 2 full sized softball fields, 2 full sized baseball fields, walking-bike trail which connects to Irene Rinehart Park, and 15 acres of multi-purpose turf area.

South Cle Elum Firemen Park
Madison Ave & Main St
Cle Elum, wA 98922

Located just east of Memorial Park on Grant St. this city park is run by the volunteers at the Cle Elum Fire Department. The park is for day use only and offers a picnic shelter, enclosed cooking facilities, restrooms, horse shoe pits and two fire rings.

This park is by reservations only; please call Kyle Nicholson at 509-674-9356 for reservations details. Reservations for this park will not show up on the park reservation calendar of this web site.

Wanapum State Park & Columbia River
Call: 509-856-2700

Two miles south of Vantage, the park's grassy, tree-filled area features picnicking, swimming, boat ramp, trailer park and camping. This is a popular area for water skiing and soaking in the sun.

Wild Horse Wind Farm
25901 Vantage Highway
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Call: 509-964-7815 (April - November)

The Wild Horse Wind Farm, which sits atop the Whiskey Dick Mountain, is just a few miles from Ellensburg on high open range tops.  Built by Puget Sound Energy, it consists of 149 wind turbines.  Wild Horse takes advantage of the region's strong, consistent winds and abundant sunshine to produce clean, renewable energy.

The visitor center and solar facility is open daily from April through November. On a clear day views of the entire valley are prevalent of the Kittitas Valley, from the Stuart Range to the Columbia Plateau to the east. The Renewable Energy Center is free and offers Wild Horse visitors a first-hand look at how energy can be made from the wind and the sun.

Wildlife Access Area

The Washington Department of Wildlife maintains the natural setting of the park along the Yakima River, providing public fishing and scenic nature trails that follow the river. The park is located 3 miles south of Ellensburg. Follow Canyon Road to Ringer Loop Road and turn right. Follow the road until you see the public fishing sign. A parking permit is required and can be obtained from any store location that sells hunting and fishing licenses.


There are few ways to commune with nature that compare to sleeping under the stars. Central Washington is a must-visit camping mecca. With campgrounds sprinkled throughout the county and national parks in our backyard, you could camp all summer and not see the same place twice!

If your ideal campout involves sleeping in your comfy RV bed, we have RV parks (many near water!) that will satisfy your every glamping desire! You're definitely going to need to get out here.

Do you have a great camping memory from Central Washington? Tell us about it!

Baker Creek Campground
Cle Elum, WA 98922

This is a primitive campground with few amenities. At Baker Creek Campground entertaining things to do are plentiful. If you like the outdoors, you won't be let down. There's swimming, hiking, fishing, and whitewater paddling, so running out of cool stuff to do won't happen.

Beverly Campground
Cle Elum, WA 98922

Beverly campground is located along the North Fork of the Teanaway River. There are 14 tent-picnic sites available first come-first serve. There is no potable water source and all trash must be packed out.

Not accessible until the snow has melted off in early summer. Campground can be used year round, but it is not serviced from fall to spring. Please pack-out trash. This campground can accommodate tents, trailers, campers and RVs.

Fee: $8-night for single unit. Payment by cash or check.

Big Pines Recreation Site

At 20 acres, Big Pines is BLM's largest recreation site in the Yakima River Canyon. The northern edge of the recreation site is adjacent to undeveloped hiking trails on lands managed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Cayuse Horse Camp
29580 Salmon La Sac Rd.
Ronald, WA 98940

At the end of the Cle Elum Valley Road #903 & WA-903, north side of road, 19 miles north of Cle Elum. Must have livestock to camp at Cayuse Horse Camp. Facilities: Potable water, flush toilets, community kitchen, stoves, tables, loading ramp, troughs, corrals and hitching posts. Units: 13 camping. Activities: Tent and trailer camping, picnicking, fishing, hunting, hiking, and horseback riding in the area.

This is a popular gathering place for trail riders heading into the mountains on several popular trails. It has spacious tent and RV sites. Water is available from a hand pump. Opens once snow has cleared, sometimes not before late June or early July.

Must have at least one stock animal per campsite. Horses must be kept in the corrals which are located in a common area separate from campsite.

Fee: $21 single, $42 double, $8 for an extra vehicle.

Cle Elum Ranger District - Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
803 W. 2nd Street
Cle Elum, WA 98922
Call: (509) 852-1100

A 375,000 acre outdoor playground is closer than you think. With 200 days of sunshine, only 20 inches of rain and 80 inches of snow, recreation opportunities are endless. Whether you enjoy the serenity of an alpine lake sunset, wildflowers in spring, vibrant fall colors or hitting the snowy trails of winter, the Cle Elum Ranger District is the place you can find it all just an hour's drive from the Puget Sound Metro area.

Cle Elum River Campground
Cle Elum, WA 98922

Located at the head of Lake Cle Elum along the Cle Elum River, this campground offers 23 trailer and/or tent sites and a reservable group site with a capacity of 55+ people. The campgrounds are in a mixed conifer forest and surrounded by mountains. Activities include fishing, boating on the lake, and hiking nearby trails including Howson Creek Trail No. 1349 for hiking, horse riding, and mountain biking.

Fee: $18 single, $36 double, $115 group site, extra vehicle $6

Days Inn - E&J RV Park
901 Berry Road
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Call: (509) 933-1500

72 full hook-up sites, pull throughs, indoor pool & spa, clubhouse, community kitchen, modern restrooms & showers, laundry, and modem-friendly recreation. 20, 20, 50 amp hook-ups. Good Sam & Woodall's rated.

De Roux Campground
Northern Cascade Range, Washington
North Fork Teanaway Road 9737

De Roux Campground is on North Fork Teanaway Road & FS Road 9737, 29 miles north of Cle Elum. Open season: early June - late October. Facilities: Vault toilet, tables, fire grills, no potable water. Units: 6 camping or picnicking. Parking for 8 vehicles with trailers. Activities include camping, picnicking, fishing, hunting, hiking, horseback riding, and motorcycle riding.

Trailhead with camping area. Horses are permitted at the campsites and there are hitching posts. The road to the campground in passable. Higher clearance vehicles are recommended.

Fees: $5-vehicle-day or Northwest Forest Pass required.

Dry Creek Campground
Cle Elum, WA 98922

This is a primitive campground with few amenities. There is a beautiful stream in close proximity that is worth going to. Activities near this campground include hiking the Lost Lake Trail, whitewater paddling, hiking, fishing, and swimming.

Eagle Valley Campground
390 Watson Cutoff Rd
Cle Elum, WA 98922
Call: 509-674-7762

The place where fun, friendship and fraternalism shine all summer long. Over 100 camp sites, most with water and power hook ups. 40 plus acres, just 90 minutes east of Seattle. Dry Camping, water and power hook ups, tents, RV storage, and day use only all available at this campground.

East Kachess Group Site
Eastern Shore of Kachess Lake
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Call: (509) 852-1100

Group camping site that can accommodate 100 people and 25 vehicles. No individual sites at this location. Reservations required. Weekends usually fill during the summer, but if you arrive before mid-morning on Friday there are usually spots. Vault toilets. No potable water.

Do not move picnic tables. Campfire wood cannot be cut or collected in the camp area. Lake Access on very steep cobble stone beach.

Fee: $65 Mon-Thursday, $90 Friday & Saturday

Ellensburg KOA
32 S Thorp Hwy
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Call: 509-925-9319

Set on the Yakima River, this KOA is a great base camp for fishing or rafting. Rent a raft on-site or buy a fishing pole at the campground store. Shuttles for boaters-rafters available for a fee. You're well-situated for touring the Clymer Museum of Art, searching for the Ellensburg blue agate, enjoying a concert at the Gorge Amphitheatre, hiking the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail, stargazing on Table Mountain or visiting Roslyn, where Northern Exposure was filmed. Central Washington University's campus is also located in town. This KOA features wooded sites, some right on the river. Wireless Internet is centrally located near the office-store.

Fish Lake Campground
Ronald, WA 98940

This campground offers 5 walk-in tent-only sites near a small lake and the Cle Elum River. It has no services. Pack out your trash.

No Drinking Water, Free - No fee or pass.

Flying Horseshoe Ranch
3190 Red Bridge Road
Cle Elum, WA 98922
Call: (509) 674-2366

Flying Horseshoe Ranch is an easy 90 minute drive from the Greater Seattle area on I-90.

Take exit 85 just past Cle Elum, and continue east approximately four miles on Highway 970.

Look for the Ranch sign on the left.

Ginkgo Petrified Forest
4511 Huntzinger Rd
Vantage, WA 98950
Call: 509-856-2700

Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park is a 7,470-acre park with year-round camping at Wanapum recreational area. The park features 27,000 feet of freshwater shoreline on the Wanapum Reservoir on the Columbia River. Petrified wood was discovered in the region in the early 1930s, which led to creation of the park as a national historic preserve. Ginkgo Petrified Forest is a registered national natural landmark. It is regarded as one of the most unusual fossil forests in the world.

Icewater Creek Campground

20+ miles northwest of Ellensburg on Forest Service Road 3300. Located on Taneum Creek, this campground offers 15 campsites. The campground accesses  North Fork Taneum Trail No. 1377 and has a beginners motorcycle loop trail that originates in the campground.

Kachess Campground
Northern Cascade Range, Inside Okanogan National Forest
Call: (509) 649-3744

Set in dense old-growth evergreens surrounded by high mountains, this campground is a good place for family camping. One launch is paved the other gravel. On busy summer weekends, the boat launch and day use parking areas fill up fast. It opens late May... snow melt permitting. Reservations required for group site, available for all sites.

Bathroom, Campground Host, Day-Use Area, Group Camp Site, Potable Water, Lake Access.

Fee: $21 Single, $42 Double, $8 Day Use

Kittitas Valley Event Center
512 N. Poplar Street
Ellensburg, WA 98926-2887
Call: (509) 962-7639

Looking for a central meeting place? Ellensburg is the geographic center of Washington, at the junction of Hwy 97 and Interstates 90 and 82. It's convenient for everyone, year-round. Quiet and serene, the Kittitas Valley Event Center is within easy walking distance of Central Washington University and downtown Ellensburg, and is within short driving distance of over 700 motel rooms and 35 restaurants. Nestled in an amphitheater-like setting, the Kittitas Valley Event Center offers a unique venue that can accommodate everything from a small private meeting to a large wedding, a public exhibition, or an equestrian or livestock event.

With over 20 rentable rooms and spaces on property, there is always something that will fit your needs. Room occupancy varies from 20 people banquet style to over 400. The Center offers an indoor arena, barns, stock pens, 100 RV hookups, and plenty of free parking. Call ahead or register online to save your spot!

Lake Easton State Park
150 Lake Easton State Park Rd
Easton, WA 98925
Call: 509-656-2230

Positioned on the shores of Lake Easton in the Cascade Mountain foothills, relax year-round at Lake Easton State Park. Discover the picturesque mountain views and explore the scenic hiking trails. Come for a restful afternoon or spend a few days camping. Marvel at the old-growth forests, dense vegetation and freshwater marshlands of the park.

Lion Rock Spring Campground
Cle Elum, WA 98922

This is a primitive campground with few amenities. Among the things you can do in the vicinity of Lion Rock Spring Campground are swimming, fishing, whitewater paddling, and hiking. There's whitewater, so check out Rill Adventures Raft Rentals. There's also good hiking along the Devils Gulch Trail. Marion Lake is in the vicinity; hiking is a popular thing to do around Lion Rock Spring Campground; Miller Peak Trail is a glorious local trail.

Lmuma Creek Recreation Site

This canyon has been designated as a state scenic route and offers excellent wildlife viewing, fishing in a Blue Ribbon trout stream, family river rafting and camping. Lmuma Creek is the smallest river access site the BLM manages in the Yakima River Canyon.

Ellensburg, WA 98926

Many clearings that provide good visuals. The Northwest section of LT Murray Wildlife area and Manastash ridge usually has early season elk and deer. As it gets colder and snows, the elk and deer tend to migrate down into the south eastern section of the wildlife area.  Whiskey Canyon on the lower portion is steep but will present opportunities for elk and deer as well.

Mineral Springs Resort Campground
Cle Elum, WA 98922

Hiking at its best is close to this campground. Fishing, swimming and whitewater paddling are also available.

Seven regular sites and one group site that can accommodate 50 people. Open Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. Reservations required for group site. Single sites cannot be reserved.

Fee: $18 for campsite, $80 Group Campsite. Extra vehicle $7

Mountain River Trails Camping
Mountain River Trails Rd
Cle Elum, WA 98922
Call: 509-674-4383

Mountain River Trails Camping Association is a member only facility. The Association is owned by the membership. Non-members may only camp when accompanied by a member

Cle Elum, 98922

Five miles off the Cle Elum Valley Road above Lake Cle Elum at Cooper Lake. The turnoff is approximately 16 miles from Cle Elum.

Facilities: Vault toilets, stoves, tables, parking lot, boat launch, no potable water. Units: 22 walk-in camping only; camper/trailer facilities and parking not available. Activities: Camping, picnicking, fishing, hiking, photography, and non-motorized boating.

Not accessible until the snow has melted off in early summer. Sites are tent only - the campground is walk in but near the road. Primitive boat launch near campground. No motors, gas or electric are permitted on the lake.

Walk in (tent only) sites: $14/night. Extra Vehicle Fee: $6 (2nd vehicle for single sites). Fee will be collected at the campground.

Red Mountain Campground
Cle Elum, WA 98922

This campground is on the Cle Elum River. It is located 16 miles north of Cle Elum on Cle Elum Valley Road-903. Facilities include a vault toilet, stoves & tables. There is no potable water. There are 10 single campsites available for day use (picnics) Monday through Thursday only and open for camping 7 days per week from late May to early October. Additional activities: Picnicking, fishing & hiking.

Fee: $14 single site, $6 for a second vehicle. Day use fee $8.

Rider's Camp

25 miles west of Ellensburg on Forest Service Road 3100. This campground is not accessible until mid-June although it does not technically close in the winter. It has seasonal stock water from the creek and an improved dispersed camp area for groups. Bathroom, Group Camp Site, No Potable Water. ATVing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Jeep-4-Wheeling, Motorcycling.

Closed for the 2021 season. Reopening is anticipated in 2022, contact the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District for more information, (509) 852-1100.

Roza Recreation Site

Roza is the main take-out for all river floaters, as it is located a half a mile above Roza Dam. Motorized vessels are permitted from the Roza boat launch down to Roza dam. Upstream of the Roza boat launch the river is limited to non-motorized boats only. There is a concrete boat launch at the site to accommodate motorized boat users.

South Fork Meadow

Approximately 23 miles north of Ellensburg on Forest Service Road 3300. No potable water. Three campsites. 

Sun Country Golf Resort & RV Park
841 St Andrews Dr
Cle Elum, WA 98922
Call: 509-674-2226

SunCountry Golf is a wonderfully maintained 18-hole golf course. Set amongst the Cascade Mountains it provides the perfect relaxing weekend get-away. Located near the heart of the Cascade Mountains 90 minutes East of Downtown Seattle.

Swauk Campground
Cle Elum, WA 98922

Located 27 miles northeast of Cle Elum on Hwy 97. 3200ft elevation. There are 22 tree shaded campsites, and a large picnic area with some sheltered tables on Swauk Creek, a few miles south of Blewett Pass. A hiking trail is nearby. The area has 3 winter recreation areas. The snow parks have snowmobiling and cross country ski trails.

A beautiful campground nestled in a grove of large Ponderosa Pine and western Larch trees, it has a CCC era picnic shelter and picnic site. Open from late May to mid September. No host at campground, but there is one nearby at Mineral Springs Campground. Bathroom, Picnic Shelter, Potable Water.

Fee: $18 single, $36 double, extra vehicle $7

Tamarack Spring Campground
803 W. 2nd St.
Cle Elum, WA 98922
Call: 509-852-1100

4700ft elevation with 3 dispersed campsites without facilities. The campground is adjacent to Lt. Murray State Wildlife Area.

Taneum Cabin
Thorp, WA 98946
Call: (509) 656-0366

Taneum Cabin is a small four room cabin with indoor plumbing. It is available for rent from Memorial Day to Labor day. Propane used for light, cooking, refrigerator and waterheater. There is a fire ring and picnic table outside. Max stay 14 nights. Bathroom, Potable Water, Shower. Must have reservations!

Fee: $75/night (max 4 people)

Taneum Junction Campground
Thorp, WA 98946
Call: (509) 674-4411

This campground has a 15 vehicle and 75 person capacity. There is also an improved dispersed area for group camping. Campground can be used year round, but it is not serviced from fall to spring. Pack in what you need and pack out your trash. Bathroom, Group Camp Site, No Potable Water.

Activities: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Motorcycling, Mountain Biking

Fee: No pass or fee after September 28th (no services provided after that time.)

Teanaway Guard Station
Forest Service Road 9737
Cle Elum WA 98922
Call: (509) 852-1100

12x18' one room cabin. Set of bunk beds, table, chairs and wood burning stove. Kitchen has Coleman stove (need to supply 16.4oz propane bottles.) It can be rented ealy May-Mid Nov and Mid-Dec to early April. Maximum 2 people, max stay 14 nights. No pets.

Double check location with forest manger. Moved the point to match the coordinates on the web page - but not 100% sure I have precise location. (The location from the data layer is in the TCF).

Fee: $40/night. Reservations required!

Umtanum Recreation Site

Vantage Riverstone Seasonal RV Park
551 Main Street
Vantage, Washington 98950
Call: 509-856-2800

Located on the majestic Columbia River at I-90! They have tent camping, full hook-up sites and pull thru sites. Over 100 sites located between the hills and the town with some view of the river. Open camping at the Riverfront available on select dates. Bring the family! They have a playground for the kids, two restaurants, a basketball court, hiking trails and lots of water fun!

Wanapum Recreation Area (State park) Boat Launch
4511 Huntzinger Rd
Vantage, WA 98950

Two miles south of Vantage is Wanapum Recreation Area. The park's grassy, tree filled area features picnicking, swimming, a boat ramp, trailer park and camping. This is a popular area for water skiing and soaking up the sun.

The boat ramp is made of concrete planks, but in fair shape. The road to the boat launch is paved and striped. The campground in the park is within short walking distance. Wanapum Dam is just two miles south of the park. A $4.00 fee is charged to use the ramp. The campground provides full hook-ups.

From I-90 take Exit 136. Go south on Wanapum Rd for 3 miles. The park is on the left.

Wanapum State Park and Columbia River
4511 Huntzinger Road
Vantage, WA 98950
Call: (509) 856-2700

Two miles south of Vantage and the Vantage Bridge, this stretch of the Columbia River is one of the more scenic in the area as it carves its way through the Columbia River Gorge.  This run of the river is somewhat unique in that, as opposed to other areas of the Columbia River, most of it does not have a roadway running along its shores. This stretch of the river sees a good many recreational boaters, jet skiers, and water skiers enjoying it.

From I-90 take exit 136 and go south on Wanapum road for 3 miles.  The park is on the left side of the road.

Washington State Horse Park
1202 Douglas Munro Blvd.
Cle Elum, WA 98922
Call: 877-635-4111

The Horse Park has 23 RV-hookup spots that can accommodate large rigs, as well as an RV sanitary dump station. Fifteen hook-ups are in wooded spots and have water, electricity and sewer. The other 8 are at treed islands in the parking area and have water and electricity. These hook-ups are $30/day (or $25 for members) and need to be reserved in advance. Visit our web page to reserve online at least 24 hours before your arrival.

The Horse Park also has dry camping available at no charge whether in your rig or in a tent in designated areas near the stalls and RV hook-ups. No reservations needed for dry camping.

Whispering Pines RV Park & Center
100 Whispering Pines Dr
Cle Elum, WA 98922
Call: (509) 674-7278

Area attractions include historic Roslyn, the Ellensburg Rodeo, and the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail. Winter sports include snowmobiling, skiing, and cross country skiing. Cle Elum is just 6 blocks away for shopping, restaurants, and gas, with on site RV repairs and accessories.

Wish Poosh

This campground is a popular gathering place for families to enjoy water sports and hiking. It is open Memorial Day to late September. The paved boat launch is typically out of the water by mid-July as water levels drop to meet irrigation demands. Wish Poosh Campground is situated on Lake Cle Elum, 10 miles north of Cle Elum, WA on Highway 903. This campground is a popular gathering place for families to enjoy water sports, hiking and camping. Bathroom, Campground Host, Potable Water.

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Fee: $20 Single, $40 Double, $8 Day Use

Yakima River RV Park
791 Ringer Loop Rd
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Call: 509-925-4734

Located in Ellensburg in the heart of beautiful Washington State! This area boasts some of the best fly-fishing for Rainbow Trout, along with unlimited possibilities for outdoor recreation. Besides fly-fishing, river rafting, hiking, horseback riding, wildlife viewing and water sports are also available.


18 Holes in beautiful natural settings, excellent conditions and great affordability is what you'll find in Central Washington. No matter what your skill level, you'll feel like you hit a hole-in-one for great golfing, accommodations, and adventures in Central Washington.

Just a quick hour drive from Seattle you will find a variety of courses for an easy-going round or a challenging game that tests your skills in this spectacular part of the state. Breakaway from the courses you know to the golf getaway you've been dreaming about.

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Ellensburg Golf & Country Club
3231 Thorp Hwy S
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Call: 509-962-2984

A scenic 9-hole course along the Yakima River with a backdrop view of the Stewart Mountains. This fun and challenging course has recently been re-rated to a slope of 124, and has an extra set of tee blocks when playing 18 holes.

Prospector at Suncadia
3320 Suncadia Trail
Cle Elum, WA 98922
Call: 509-649-6400

Created by the Palmer Course Design Company, Prospector is 18 holes of magnificent Mountain golf, featuring dazzling views, rolling fairways and fast, medium sized greens. While extremely playable for all skill levels, Prospector's well-bunkered fairways and numerous water features present plenty of risk/reward challenges for the more accomplished golfer as well.

Operating Dates- May 16 - October 31

Rope Rider
3600 Suncadia Trl
Cle Elum, WA 98922
Call: (509) 649-6450

A practice range, private instruction, junior 
golf, group instruction and golf clinics are available for players of all ages and skill levels. From the longest tees it presents 6,500 yards of golf for a par of 72. The course rating is 65.0 with a slope rating of 100. Suncadia Resort - Rope Rider Course is a daily fee golf course with a 'Open' guest policy.

Sun Country Golf & RV
841 Saint Andrews Drive
Cle Elum, WA 98922
Call: 509-674-2226

Enjoy the fun and challenging 18 hole, Alpine course. Sun Country is an updated 18 hole course that is sure to challenge even the veteran golfers. Sun Country has some of the most breath taking views in Eastern Washington. The atmosphere is laid back and a great place to bring a foursome that is looking for an affordable relaxing round of golf that will be remembered.

Tumble Creek At Suncadia
501 Honolulu Dr.
Cle Elum, WA 98922
Call: (509) 649-6484

The private Tumble Creek course provides picturesque views over a par-71, 7,070-yard Tom Doak signature layout.  For tee time reservations, instruction, or more information, call 866-715-5050.  Designed by Tom Doak, the Tumble Creek golf course opened in 2005.

On the Water

Being out on the water is an experience many people wait all year to have. Central Washington is bursting with options of lakes, rivers, and streams! So whether you like to tube, swim, jetski, fly fish, angle fish, or relax near the water and catch some rays -- Central Washington needs to be your next spot for an ESCAPE from the everyday.

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Lake Cle Elum
Wenatchee National Forest 803 West 2nd Street
Cle Elum, WA 98922
Call: 509-852-1100

Cle Elum Dam and Lake, of the Yakima Project, are on the Cle Elum River 8 miles northwest of Cle Elum, Washington. Cle Elum, Kachess, and Keechelus reservoirs are in the Wenatchee National Forest. Camping, swimming, boating, picnicking, and fishing are available at all three reservoirs especially in the streams below the dams. Available fish species are lake trout, kokanee, and rainbow trout. Take I-90 to Cle Elum and turn north on Highway 903.

Lake Easton Boat Ramp
Cle Elum, WA 98922

The park has 95 tent spaces, 45 utility spaces, 1 dump station, 4 restrooms and 4 showers. All sites are in a wooded setting. Most tent sites are near the Yakima River, and most RV spaces are near Lake Easton. Year-round recreational opportunities abound in this beautiful park, which offers a swimmable beach and a boat launch.
The boat ramp is in fair shape with a few broken planks. There is a fee to use the boat ramp ($5.00). Canoe and paddle boat rentals are available. The swimming area is 200 yards from the boat ramp. Car and Trailer parking paved and striped.

From Snoqualmie Pass, go east on I-90 18 miles to Exit 70. The entrance to the park is on south side of I-90, next to a private campground. The boat ramp is on left .5 mile from park entrance

Mattoon Lake Boat Ramp
Ellensburg, WA 98926

The boat ramp has a gentle grade, but algae growth on the ramp surface hinders traction. No designated disabled parking. Camping is limited to three days. A road and several parking areas surround most of the lake for bank fishing. This is a small body of water that may not be suitable for larger watercraft. Additional parking can be found along the roadway around the lake.

The boat ramp is concrete. Car and trailer parking available on gravel surface.

River Rafting at Rill
P.O. Box 102
Thorp, WA 98946
Call: (509) 964-2530

Rill Adventures offers adventures on the Yakima, Cle Elum, and Wenatchee Rivers and have been helping families make memories since 1996. Whether you want to relax on a river as it meandering through gorgeous canyons, kayak through class II rapids in back-country hideaways, or get drenched blasting through whitewater wave trains, Rill Adventures has everything you need to explore the spectacular rivers of Central Washington.

Vantage Boat Launch
Boat Ramp Rd
Vantage, WA 98950

Truly a hidden gem! There's restrooms here that seem well cared for and a short trail that leads to a tiny marina. Lot's of boat trailer parking and picnic tables. All looks brand new. Beautiful view of the Vantage Bridge.

Yakima River

This beautiful river meanders from Lake Keechelus through Cle Elum and Ellensburg to Yakima. The river provides for a beautiful and scenic drive, or a serene place to enjoy a picnic, float a tube, raft, kayak, canoe or simply listen to the birds along the shore. It is also the only Blue Ribbon river in the state offering some of the best fly fishing in the west. The river is split into two sections by the Diversion Dam. Launch points exist in both regions. The lower section ends at Roza Dam, just south of Ellensburg. 

Two stretches of the river are considered dangerous and floating them is hazardous. Attempting to navigate over the diversion dam and floating from Irene Rinehart Park to the Ringer Road boat lunch should not attempted 

There are several launch points along the Yakima River: 

Upper Region: East Nelson WA St.; South Cle Elum Bridge; State Boat Launch (East Cle Elum Wildlife Launch); Rill Adventures. 

Lower Region: Diversion; KOA; Rinehart Park; Ringer Road; Big Horn; Umptanum; Red's Fly Shop; Lmuma Creek; The Slab.




A Land of Contrasts
From the mighty Columbia River to the snow-capped Cascade Mountains, Kittitas County is a premier destination for outdoor adventure, sunshine, and unique cultural offerings.
Find out more at one of our Visitor Centers:

Ellensburg, WA
609 N. Main St, Ellensburg
(888) 925-2204

Cle Elum, WA
312 W. 1st Street, Cle Elum
(509) 674-6880

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Owned by:  Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce