Central Washington

On the Water

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.

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.

A diverse forest to two alpine lakes that rest atop Manastash Ridge, one of Central Washington’s most notable geologic formations. A consistent producer of 8 to 14 inch eastern brook trout, but heavy algae blooms in mid-summer can make fishing tough.

Mattoon Lake is located just on the outskirts of Ellensburg. Open season is year-round. This lake offers good fishing for 8 to 14 inch rainbow trout. Larger rainbows are planted each year. Also brood stock rainbows in the 6 to 12 pound range are stocked in late fall.

Rill Adventures offers adventures on the Yakima, Cle Elum, and Wenatchee Rivers and have been helping families make memories since 1996. Rill Adventures has everything you need to explore the spectacular rivers of Central Washington.

Vantage Boat Launch

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.

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.