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Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals

Outdoor Pursuits & Rentals is currently operating Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

**In accordance with State mandate, all visitors to OPR must wear a mask to enter**

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  • About OPR

    CWU Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals offers guided-excursions as well as discounted rental equipment and special event programs.  With a complete storefront and rental shop, CWU students, faculty, staff, and alumni association members are offered a wide array of equipment to use on their own as well as scheduled trips they can participate in!

    Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals is a year-round rental shop and provides equipment for all seasons. In addition to offering everything you could possibly need to navigate the Yakima River, or snowshoe in the Cascades, a full supply of camping gear is also available.

    Participation in the Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals program is more than just fun in the outdoors. Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals supports the individual development of participants through outdoor experiences. Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals aims to inspire participants to pursue their goals and challenge what they thought were their limitations. 

    Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals is welcoming and suitable for participants of all backgrounds and skill-levels. Whether you're an expert or a first-timer, OPR has something to offer you. Come by OPR and let us try to enhance your outdoor experience!

  • Guided Trips

    Check back soon for our updated trip information!

  • Local Trip Resources
  • Yakima River

    Enjoy a scenic float down the Yakima River, take in the stunning views of the canyon and valley, and watch for wildlife along the banks of the river. Be adventurous, see what the nature around the Lower Kitittas Valley has to offer. 

    Action Stage - (33.5 feet - 35.5 feet.) At this stage, the river is near bank full at Ellensburg. Lowland flooding is possible in the low areas along the river. If the water level is above 33.5 feet, please consider your recreation options carefully and know that you are responsible for your own safety while on the river.  

    The Yakima water level is always very closely monitored by the USGS. You are able to see what the water level for each of the stages in real-time. Click here to see the Yakima River's real-time water levels


    What to Bring

    • PFD (Personal Flotation Device) / Life Jacket & WEAR IT! 
    • Water 
    • Food 
    • Waterproof sunblock 
    • Chapstick 
    • Proper footwear with snug straps that will not fall off 
    • Inexpensive sunglasses 
    • Swimsuit 
    • And the pump. When the raft hits the cold water it can lose pressure over the duration of the float. During a break in your float, keep the raft out of direct sunlight and give it a couple pumps before heading back out! 

    Caution:

    Rafting is a potentially hazardous activity. Always raft with a group and seek training prior to floating the river on your own. Moving water is a powerful element and awareness of potential hazards may allow you to have a more safe and enjoyable experience. OPR offers a Swiftwater Rescue course annually each Spring for those interested in getting more training. 

    On the Yakima River, OPR equipment is prohibited floating the stretch between the Upper Bridge at KOA campground to the Lower Bridge at Irene Rinehart Park (People's Pond), and from the Lower Bridge (People's Pond) down to South Ringer Loop launch. AVOID THESE AREAS!!! These areas are potentially hazardous and are off limits for OPR equipment. The Ringer Loop Road is closed in the middle because it was washed out by the Yakima River a few years ago. Please avoid putting your water vessel in the river at North Ringer Loop. North Ringer Loop is the little grassy park with the picnic table that is near the Yakima River RV Park. This section of river is within the prohibited stretch referenced above. For the Ringer Loop put-in, you should drive to the second road named Ringer Loop Road and drive to the WA state managed parking area with boat launch to put your water vessel in the river. At this site, there is a Bureau of Land Management sign labeling this area South Ringer Loop. Please note a Discover Pass or day use fee is required here. For a list of Yakima River put-ins & take-outs and FAQ on our rental gear and floating the river, click here. 

    Please send inquiries via e-mail outdoorpursuits@cwu.edu. Or contact Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals by phone at (509) 963-3537. 

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Contact US

Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals - Bradley Gasawski
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA, 98926-7448
Phone: (509) 963-3537
E-mail: outdoorpursuits@cwu.edu

Facility Reservations & Rentals

CWU Recreation hosts many private and public group events in our facilities throughout the year. The Recreation Center, Climbing Wall, Challenge Course, and field space on campus can be reserved by approved student groups, on-campus departments, and for some outside events.

Terms and Conditions of Facility Rentals

Recreation Facility Rental Rates

Are you ready to make a reservation? Contact Catie at catherine.hoffmann@cwu.edu or 509-963-3517.

Recreation Center 

  • The Recreation Center offers two floors of amazing health and fitness options. The 80,000 sq. ft. exercise mecca has a 50-foot climbing wall with two arches for bouldering, a strength training area, fitness and cardio equipment areas, an elevated 1/8-mile jogging track, a four-court gymnasium, two group exercise rooms, locker rooms with saunas and the Outdoor Pursuits and Rental shop.

Challenge Course 

  • Perfect for clubs, businesses, community and youth groups, the CWU Challenge Course offers the opportunity to participate in team-building activities to accomplish individual and group goals. There are both low elements and the state-of-the-art high Challenge Course, so no matter the comfort level of your group, there is a way for everyone to participate.
  • Our staff will provide everything your group needs to successfully participate in the Challenge Course experience, including equipment and instruction, as well as a pre-event meeting to determine your group’s specific needs.

Climbing Wall

  • The Climbing Wall can accommodate 15 participants in the space at one time. Fees include everything your group will need to learn about and enjoy rock climbing, from shoes to safety gear! With larger groups, we can work with you to specifically design a program that works for your interests.
  • All private reservations are scheduled outside of our normal operational hours, as our number one priority is to serve CWU students, so please contact us as early as possible. All participants will need a waiver signed in advance. Please download our waiver here or pick some up from the recreation front desk.
  • All participants will need a waiver signed in advance.  Please download our waiver here or pick some up from the recreation front desk

Recreation Sports Complex 

  • The Recreation Sports Complex opened in November 2018 and incluces a fully lit turf infield and NCAA competition track.  Other highlights include: grandstands with 600 spectator seats, throws venue (hammer, shot put, javelin, and discus), stadium style scoreboard, restrooms, food truck capabilities and perimeter fencing.