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Wine Country Region
Yakima Sportsmen State Park
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904 University Parkway
Yakima, Washington   98901

Phone: 509-575-2774
Reservations: 888-226-7688
Yakima Sportsman State Park is a 247-acre camping park created in 1940 by the Yakima Sportsman's Association to promote game management and the preservation of natural resources. The park is on the floodplain of the Yakima River and is an irrigated "green zone" in an otherwise desert area. The park has a variety of deciduous trees that shade camping and picnic areas. One hundred and forty bird species have been identified in the park. Ponds lure fishers to the river. The park is a popular stay-over spot for travelers and visitors to events in the Yakima area.

Ponds, lakes and rivers attract fishermen, both young and adult, to this location. More than 140 species of bird make wildlife watching a delight. The campground is a stay-over place for events at the Yakima Sun-Dome and fairgrounds.
Nature of the Area
Wildlife Mammals Birds Fish & Sea Life? Deer or Elk? Muskrats? Rabbits? Raccoons? Skunks? Weasels? Ducks? Eagles? Geese? Hawks? Herons? Hummingbirds? Jays? Owls? Pheasants? Quail? Woodpeckers? Bass? Bluegill? Bullhead? Trout

Environmental Features Physical Features Plant Life

The park is on a floodplain of the Yakima River. It is an irrigated desert with ponds and lakes and a variety of beautiful deciduous trees. The area receives an annual average rainfall of seven inches and an annual average of eight inches of snowfall. Summer temperatures are in the 80-to-90-degree range.

? Ash? Birch? Maple? Oak? Poplar? Berries? Thistle? Poison Ivy

History of the Area
Old clay-pigeon traps may still be found in the park. They are remnants from the Yakima Sportsman Club, a hunting, fishing and shooting club that created the park in 1940. The club donated the park to Washington State Parks in 1956.
A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to Washington state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.
Park Store
Available in the park Available in the area? Camping? Pay phone? Fire wood? Auto repair? Airport? Camping? Diesel? Fishing/hunting? Gasoline? Golf? Groceries? Hardware? Hospital? Pay phone? Postal service? Propane? Recreational equipment? Wood? Swimming

Firewood is available in the park, and there is also a pay-phone. The park is near the Yakima metropolitan area where all services are available.
The park has 30 tent spaces, 37 utility spaces, one dump station, two restrooms (both ADA) and four showers (all ADA). Utility sites 1 through 16 are 60 feet long, and sites 17 to 36 are back-in sites. Site HC is an ADA-utility site, and site 52 is an ADA-standard site. Sites 37, 39, 41, 43, 45, 47, 49, are near the creek.

To reserve a campsite, call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.

Check-in time is 2:30 p.m., and check-out time is 1 p.m.Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.Engine-driven electric generators may be operated only between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.Length of stay: You may stay up to ten consecutive days in any one park during the summer; the stay limit is extended to 20 days between Oct. 1 and March 31.

Park hours/updates:

Summer: 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.Winter: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The park is open year round for camping and day use.

Camping:Check-in time, 2:30 p.m.Check-out time, 1 p.m.Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.

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Yakima Sportsmen State Park is located near Selah, Wapato and Yakima

The park offers one kitchen shelter with electricity, plus two sheltered and 120 unsheltered picnic tables.

The kitchen shelter and unsheltered picnic tables are reservable and accommodates 200 guests. To reserve, call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688., or call the park for information at (509) 575-2774.
Nature Programs
Rangers will lead nature walks when requested. There is a Juan A. Alvarez Outdoor Living Classroom in the park that has a short, paved ADA-accessible trail and pier which enters a wetland area. This trail affords visitors a look at a living, working wetland.
Area Attractions
Water Activities Other? Fishing (freshwater)? Bird Watching? 1 Horseshoe pit

Hiking is allowed on two miles of unpaved roadway on the river dike.

Ponds and lakes are stocked with fish. Juvenile fishing is allowed year-round. Adult fishing is permitted in the river in season.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
October 1 alright by robyakima
it was alright too many west siders for me
August 3 beautiful park by Happy Camper
We stayed for 3 nights at the park. the ground are very well kept. The lawns are well watered and green. The day park is separate from the over night camping.The park is well monitored by the staff that is very friendly which include the Park Ranger, park staff and Camp Host. We will be back.
November 17 Great place. by shirley west of the mountains
Management and employees are great here so helpful. I come year after year.
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Area Campgrounds
Trailer Inns R.V. Park/Yakima
1610 North First Street
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Yakima KOA
1500 Keys Road
Yakima, WA

Located three miles southeast of downtown Yakima, Wash. in Yakima County.

From I-82:Take exit #34. Travel east approximately one mile to Keys Rd. (first road after crossing). Turn left, and go approximately one mile to park entrance. Turn left into park.


Washington State Parks