Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals


Q:     Who can rent gear from OPR?

A:      Students, staff, and current members of the Alum Association are all eligible for rental, however the prices are different. The student prices for gear are a bit less than the prices for staff and alum.

Q:     What is the difference between the NRS Otters (Blue Rafts) and the Avon Grey rafts?

A:      The blue rafts are more expensive because they are significantly newer. The grey rafts are quite old and have many patches on them, so they do not retain air as well as the blue rafts. If you are planning on floating for more than about 2 hours, we suggest you spend the extra $10 on the blue rafts so then you don’t have to keep pumping up your raft.

Q:     What comes with a raft package?

A:      Each raft package comes with one raft, six personal floatation devises (PFD), four paddles, and a hand pump.

Q:     Where is the best place to float?

A:      We recommend floating on the Yakima River, starting at Ringer Loop and ending at the Umtanum Recreation Center. It is the route we take when we have guided trips, because it is both close to campus and a good quality 2 hour float.  For a map, click here.

Q:     Can I make a reservation?

A:      Yes!! We encourage reservations ahead of time, if you know the date and time of your outdoor adventure. Without a reservation, we cannot guarantee gear availability. A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total price is due the day of the rental, and the rest is due the day you pick up your gear. If you choose to cancel your reservation, you lose the 50% deposit, however you will not owe OPR the rest of the rental price. If you make a reservation within 48 hours of the rental date, then the total cost is due the day of the reservation. ALL PAYMENTS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.