Yakima Basin Fact Sheet

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Yakima Basin is one of the most diverse watersheds in Washington state. From the wet, alpine forests of the Cascades to the arid, sagebrush-studded Yakima Valley, the basin is home to the largest tributary of the Columbia River, the Yakima River, which sustains fish, families and farms as it makes its way to the Columbia. The basin encompasses 320,000 acres of pristine wilderness and waters that are home to endangered species such as gray wolves, spotted owl, bull trout and steelhead. With more than one million acres of public land, the basin also provides myriad recreational opportunities from snowmobiling to fly-fishing.

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