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Roza Recreation Site

The gentle Yakima River winds through massive basalt cliffs and rolling desert hills for 27 miles. The canyon offers excellent wildlife watching, plant viewing, fishing in a Blue Ribbon trout stream, family-friendly rafting and camping. The BLM manages over 9,000 acres in the Yakima River Canyon area, including four developed river access sites: Umtanum (a footbridge at the site provides the only pedestrian access to the west side of the river within the Yakima River Canyon), Lmuma Creek, Big Pines, and Roza (the main take out for all river floaters due to the Roza dam a half mile downstream of the site.)


Know Before You Go:

-The recreation sites are open YEAR ROUND.

-There are overnight ($15/site) and day-use ($5/vehicle) fees.

-Reservations for campsites may be made at from May 15 to September 15.

-The Umtanum Recreation Site contains six RV/tent campsites.

-Lmuma Creek contains seven RV/tent campsites.

-Big Pines contains 41 (38 RV and three walk in only) campsites.

-Roza contains six RV/tent campsites.

-Roza also has a concrete boat launch to accommodate motorized boat users for use downstream of the boat launch.

-Amenities at all four sites include: picnic tables and fire rings, vault toilets, a river put-in/take-out site and garbage collection.

-Hookups and potable water are not provided at any site.

-Cellular phone coverage is limited in many areas of the Yakima River Canyon.


Directions: From Ellensburg, Washington, take Hwy 821 (Canyon Road) south into the Yakima River Canyon. Umtanum is located at milepost 16, Lmuma Creek is located at milepost 12, Big Pines is located at milepost 10 and Roza is located at milepost 7, a half mile above Roza dam and about 25 miles south of Ellensburg.


Point of Interest: Located just south of Ellensburg, the non-motorized trails at Ringer Road offer visitors glimpses of the wildlife and birds that inhabit the riparian areas next to the Yakima River.



Wenatchee BLM Field Office

915 N. Walla Walla Ave.

Wenatchee, WA 98801

(509) 665-2100



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Taken on August 15, 2015