The Tri-Cities, located in southeastern Washington, is home to a variety of outdoor adventures but the Tapteal Water Trail is the perfect setting for socially distant activities. The water trail has long been a favorite waterway because of the diverse scenery, and is popular with fishers, kayakers and for more leisurely activities, such as floating. The water trail marks a 30-mile stretch of the Yakima River, beginning at the Benton City Recreation Area and winding its way to the Columbia River near Bateman Island.
The Water Trail moves through a variety of habitats, from arid shrub steppe to lush marshlands and meanders along another community conservation project, the Tapteal Greenway. The Greenway is home to more than 30 species of wildlife. Visitors to the Greenway/Water Trail will often catch glimpses of mink, beaver, river otters, herons and more.
Local outfitters Greenies and Northwest Paddleboarding offer kayak and paddleboard rentals for visiting outdoor adventurers.
The Tapteal Greenway Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and its missions are to preserve the character of the lower Yakima River, protecting native habitats and species through conservation. They also enhance recreational opportunities throughout the corridor by providing outdoor education programs and promoting public access to and understanding of these resources.
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