Umtanum Recreation Area

Rick Johnson, left, from Wenatchee, swaps the day's fish stories with fellow fisherman Duncan Dunlap, from Whidbey Island, in this undated photo on the suspension bridge at the Umtanum Recreation Area in the Yakima River Canyon.

The Bureau of Land Management expects to reopen its recreation sites in the Yakima River Canyon on Thursday.

Spokesperson Jeff Clark said the agency's working to open all four sites — Umtanum, Lmuma Creek, Big Pines and Roza — for day-use only. BLM closed those areas and a few others across the state on March 31 to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Overnight camping remains closed and the usual $5 parking fee in the canyon will not be collected.

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