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Kittitas (pronounced 'kit-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
The county is seeking to create a comprehensive strategy for improving access along the entire Yakima River corridor. This could include enhancements to existing river access sites as well as the creation of new ones. Volunteers are being sought from all areas of interest and types of user groups including fishermen, boaters, floaters, wildlife habitat advocates, wildlife viewers and photographers, emergency responders, private landowners along the river corridot, and local, state, federal and tribal governments.
The planning effort is being paid for with taxes collected by the county on paid overnight accommodations like hotel/motel stays and camping fees. These funds, known as lodging tax, can only be utilized for projects which enhance tourism and draw tourists to the county. The project was approved by county commissioners after it was recommended by the county’s lodging tax advisory committee earlier this year. “River access and water activities are an important part of our recreation-based tourism economy as well as a significant contributor to our quality of life,” stated Commissioner Paul Jewell who is leading the planning effort. “We can enhance both aspects for county residents and visitors alike by making investments in improved access.”
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.