Yakima Sportsman State Park, Yakima
Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Yakima Sportsman State Park is a state-operated, public recreation area in Yakima County, Washington. The park is a green, irrigated area in an otherwise desert region, encompassing on the floodplain of the Yakima River. It was created by the Yakima Sportsman's Association in 1940 and became a state park in 1956.Activities and amenitiesThe park has a campground with tent and utility sites, two miles of hiking trails, and picnicking facilities. Available activities include fishing, birdwatching, and horseshoes.For travelers who use our world travel planner, Yakima holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Yakima Sportsman State Park and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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I have been visiting Yakima for 48 years and this is the first time I have camped here, having stayed with family or in a motel on prior visits. Coming from the superb Lincoln Rock State Park to this ... read more »
Not much in the way of RV parks in the Yakima area - after a long drive decided on Yakima Sportsmen having stayed at State Parks in the past and being happy with them - not today - pull-through sites ... read more »
The park did a really nice job with the short interpretive trail. There are several signs to read to learn about the native vegetation and animals. There was also fun fact sign about the day a couple ... read more »
Nice park with trails to the Yakima river. Camp sites are small and no privacy. Decent shade at most sites. Bathroom with flush toilets and shower is nice to have. Have seen skunks wandering around and there are ticks in the area. All and all a decent overnight stop if you plan on enjoying Yakima and the surrounding area.
This is a nice place. It's not out in the national forest so it's not private camping but the grounds are clean as well as the facilities. Not sure what the 2 reviews about the Ranger are about. The Ranger was very nice and helpful. I had never been to the area and he was extremely knowledgeable about what was around the park. I also appreciated the fact he was equipped to deal with any unfriendly or outrageous people I've come across in my years of camping. It seems pointless to me to have a ranger to protect the campers if they're just carrying a flashlight; I carry my own. I definitely felt safe. I had no issues with the ranger; he's a nice guy. If I'm in the area, this will be my first pick in camping.
My husband, myself, and two daughters camped here. (Tent) The grounds are kept up, the restrooms were clean, and the place was pretty quiet. Places near the camp sites to wash your pans or get clean water. So only pack your drinking water. They sell bags of ice for I believe $3 up near the front gate which is also where you put your dollar bill in a machine for tokens for the shower. Those are the positive things, now on to why I rated it a three. We heard police sirens most of the day and night. Sounded like a police chase nearby, the sirens never ended.... Nothing was going on, just normal I guess. Would have been nice to get an email prior to arriving that its now in a stage 4 burn ban and no burning in the firepit or charcoal fire. Thank god we had our little propane stove with us or we would have been out of luck for cooking. Only one shower in the bathroom so you might have to wait, just an fyi. Not private at all at the camp site's so if you want something semi private this is not the place for you. MOSQUITOES.... All 4 of us are so bit up. We even used bug spray. The 14 and under fishing pond was a joke. Seen a couple cute turtles swimming around though. All and all this place wasn't horrible but I won't make it a point to come here again unless we are traveling through the area and absolutely need a camping site.
Discovery pass required or buy the day permit. Day use park, paid camping area, and nature trails. Day use park area is large. Multiple parking lots. Multiple shelters for rent or first come first serve. Few water spigots. Bathrooms. Horseshoe pits. Different kid playgrounds. Paved roads. Camping site area is further back and separated from the park. They have electricity, water, tables, and fire rings. Tent areas to large 5th wheel sites. The nature trails cover a large area and weave in and out with one another. They are for on foot or horseback only.
David & Lisa Bradbury
My family has stayed here numerous times over the past 4-5 years for basketball tournaments held in the Yakima area... maybe 10 different times. For the most part, our stays have been pleasant and uneventful. Sometimes the token machine doesn't work, sometimes the showers are not exactly "hot", there are times of the year when there is no attendant and/or camp host on hand, and the attendant does not stay on sight 24 hours. But, for the most part... it's relatively clean and reasonably maintained, it's mostly quiet, easy to access, centrally located in Yakima, it's reasonably priced, and it's not simply a blacktop parking lot. Do your research, and you will not find another similar campground within 30 miles of Yakima. Yes, there's a KOA and some other RV place near by... but, they are expensive and blacktop excuses for "campgrounds". The only truly critical thing that I would say has to do with the State Camp "Trooper"?? In years past, Yakima Sportsman State Park had a law enforcement officer assigned to it that was friendly and approachable. Durning my last two visits, there's been this guy that we have been referring to as the "mall cop dropout wannabe"! :-) During both of my last two visits, this guy wears near-full-body armor/bullet-proof riot gear with ammo clips strapped to his chest and cuffs, mace, taser, gun and the like attached to his person for all to see. He has no people skills! He puffs his chest I guess in an attempt to intimidate. Evidently, he's been relegated to Yakima Sportsman State Park (the Siberia of Washington State Parks?)... at least, this is the attitude that he exudes. In his eyes, you are a lowly piece of scum wasting his time when he could (I'm sure in his mind... he "should") be protecting the president or standing post on the wall of Guantanamo Bay!! Really!!! Aside from this guy, however, the hosts have normally been really nice and helpful, and our stays have been mostly pleasant and enjoyable. Just one last suggestion... we recently made reservations on-line in advance. When we showed up, someone was in our spot. There was no sign or message to last-minute guests that our spot was already spoken for. Maybe MallCop could go put a sticker on the post indicating that the sight is reserved... as is the practice in 98% of all other state parks where I've reserved and stayed. :-) Cheers!!
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