Press Release



Kittitas County, WA - 05/04/2018 - Kittitas County has released a survey to gather input and data on how people are using the various portions of the Yakima and Cle Elum Rivers. It also seeks information from participants as to what improvements would be appropriate. The survey is part of an ongoing effort to develop a strategy for improving access along both river corridors. The County began the planning process several months ago by hiring a consultant, Beckwith Consulting, and by appointing a Citizen’s Advisory Committee to direct and manage the effort. The survey can be found on the County’s website at, or at this link:

Anyone who recreates along the river corridors is encouraged to participate in the survey.  The survey will gather data and opinions on a variety of activities including fishing, boating, camping, bicycling, hunting, bird watching, photography and more.  The information received from respondents will be reviewed by the committee and the public and will be utilized in developing the final plan.  Participants may also include contact information to be eligible for a drawing for a $250 gift certificate as a thank you for being part of the survey.
The river access improvement planning effort is led by the County’s Public Lands Advisory Committee.  It is a county-wide effort focusing on the entire mainstem of the Yakima River and the portion of the Cle Elum River downstream from Cle Elum Dam.  Funding for the plan is being provided by the County’s lodging tax program.  The County hopes to complete the plan by June 30.

Kittitas County, from the Cascades to the Columbia, and online at


Contact: Paul Jewell, Kittitas County Commissioner