Live in the Yakima Valley - Last Chance to Flip Flop This Weekend


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Last Chance to Flip Flop This Weekend

Last Chance to Flip Flop This Weekend

September 26, 2013

Whitewater Rafting-The Tieton River is the result of an autumn seasonal dam release from beautiful Rimrock Lake. The Lake is full this year, and is expected to run at a high flow this season for a fast and wild ride. Now that other Washington rivers have slowed down, the Tieton is the place to be for lots of whitewater rafting fun. Twelve miles of whitewater with Class III rapids is sure to be a river rafting experience you will never forget.

Why is this experience called the “Flip Flop?” The Yakima Basin reservoirs, managed by the Bureau of Reclamation release irrigation water on a cycle called “Flip-Flop”. This means that the Rimrock Reservoir feeding the Tieton River does not release its water until after Labor Day. Before Labor Day the irrigation water comes from northern reservoirs and is released into the Yakima River above the Yakima River Canyon.

Where is the Tieton River? The Tieton River is located on the east side of White Pass, Hwy 12, 20 miles from Yakima, 40 miles from Packwood. Make your reservation now for the thrill of a lifetime! Whether you are a novice whitewater river rafter or experienced, the thrill on the nonstop, predominantly class 3 rapids of the Tieton River during the annual one month long “Flip Flop,” is guaranteed. Osprey Rafting Company will outfit you with everything you need for your whitewater river adventure: wetsuits, paddles, helmets, lifejackets, safety talk, friendly & experienced guide, and all transportation to/from our staging area.

What time are the rafting trips? Osprey Rafting schedules trip at 9a.m. and 1p.m. Each trip includes a lunch BBQ, of beef, chicken or veggie burgers, local watermelon, fresh corn on the cob, chips-salsa and lemonade.

How long is the white water rafting experience? Trip length is 12 miles. A typical guided float trip takes approximately three hours.

Do I need a River Guide? Rafting with a guide will assure the proper safety gear and support for this challenging river. The professionals at Osprey know the river well, Osprey Rafting company will provide you with wetsuits, paddles, helmets, life jackets, safety talk, friendly & experienced guide, and all transportation to/from our staging area. Osprey Rafting Company has a beautiful staging area 24 miles west of Yakima on Hwy 12, twelve miles up the Tieton River from the junction of Hwy 410 and Hwy 12. For a complete list of everything going on around the Yakima Valley go to

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