Yakima Sportsman State Park

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Yakima Sportsman State Park

Washington

(360) 902-8844

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Overview

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. 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.

Map of Yakima Sportsman (WA)

Latitude, Longitude: 46.591879, -120.455798

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Activities

  • Camping

    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.

  • Fishing

    The ponds, lakes and rivers make Yakima park are prime location for fishing enthusiasts. Juvenile fishing is allowed year-round. Adult fishing is permitted in the river in season.

  • Hiking

    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.

  • Picnicking

    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 can accommodate 200 guests.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open year round for camping and day use. During the summer season the park is open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and during the winter from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Directions

Driving

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.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(360) 902-8844

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