Washington Whitewater Rafting
Tieton River

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The Tieton River is located on the east side of White Pass, near Naches, just 45 minutes from Yakima.

Photo courtesy Blue Sky Outfitters

Lake Reservoir is the main source for the Tieton's water. The Tieton has very little water for most of the year, but once September comes around, the gates to Rimrock Dam are opened and, for the month of September, the Tieton has the best whitewater in the state. And, to make this river even better, the water from Rimrock Lake has spent the entire summer warming up, making the Tieton's water the warmest in Washington.

With an average drop in elevation of 55 feet per mile, the Tieton also claims the "fastest" whitewater in Washington State. Volcanic basalt cliffs surround the river making for awesome rock climbing among elite climbers.

This river is considered the last "official" trip of the rafting season and rafters from all over Washington make their annual pilgrimage to the Tieton in September. Trip lengths vary greatly from about 14 to 21 miles. Regardless of length, all trips are characterized by almost non-stop whitewater with primarily class 3 rapids. High Noon and Waffle Wall are the most challenging rapids of the trip and are everyone's favorites.

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