yakima canyon


Welcome to the Yakima River Canyon, where Highway 821 parallels the gentle Yakima River for 27 miles, through massive basalt cliffs and rolling desert hills. Follow this scenic pathway for glimpses of rich wildlife and plant communities, echoes of a historical past and many opportunities for recreational enjoyment.

This canyon has been designated as a state scenic route and offers excellent wildlife viewing, fishing in a Blue Ribbon trout stream, family river rafting and camping. BLM manages over 9000 acres in the Yakima River Canyon area, including four developed river access sites. Follow the meandering river, as it slices between basalt cliffs formed by centuries-old upheavals. It’s thought that Yakima River predates those stony ramparts, once flowing across a relatively flat landscape. As rock ridges rose, river erosion equaled the walls which once formed part of one of the largest lava fields in the world, said to have covered 200,000 square miles in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.


Bald Eagle with eaglet, in the last photo she looks agitated so I left.

Eagle with eaglets, I’m a sucker for any chance to photograph a bird in nest with young.  I knew the conditions were lousy, and the distance was long but I took the photo’s and they turned out better than I thought.  I took the photo’s from a ridge overlooking the Yakima Canyon Hyway and across the Yakima River, the sun was going down over the canyon so I was losing light and I had to shoot, ISO 3600. The map spot I did on Google puts the nest about 800m away, which is long even for a 600mm with 1.4 extender. What do you think.

16 April 20016