The City of Yelm, is a vibrant and dynamic city, situated in south Thurston County - with picturesque views of Mt. Rainier from almost any location around the city. Yelm represents a very special place in Washington State with a fascinating mix of small-town pride and history. First settlers claim, the shimmering, fertile prairie stretched and rolled as far as the eye could see. In the shadow of Mt. Rainier, the pristine Nisqually River carved its path through the endless prairie. According to Nisqually legend, the area was first known as Shelm, the name given to the shimmering heat waves which dance and play above the prairie when the summer sun shines hot. The Yelm area stands out among the most livable cities in Thurston County – highly attractive and affordable. Yelm offers safe neighborhoods, affordable housing, great schools, fabulous parks, family-oriented community celebrations, and a vast array of business, employment and volunteer opportunities.



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There is an abundance of things to do in the area, each place being unique. Whether you are new to the area or just looking for something new to do, we have compiled a list of resources, to give you a taste for the area. Click on the Blue Links below to learn more!


Yelm Community Schools 
 (6 Elementary, 2 Middle Schools, 1 High School, 1 Alternative High School) 

City of Yelm 
Thurston County 
S. E. Thurston Fire Authority 
Yelm Police 
Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce 
Economic Development Strategy 

Clear Lake Fishing 
Cochrane Park
Deschutes River
Lake Lawrence Community Club 
Lake Lawrence Fishing 
Millersylvania State Park 
Mount Rainier National Park 
Nisqually Red Wind Casino 
Nisqually River 
Northwest Trek 
Parks and Recreation
Prairie Lanes 
Tahoma Valley Golf
Timberland Library Yelm
Triad Arts Theater
Visit Thurston County 
Washington Hiking trails 
Yelm CinemasYelm Skate Park 
Yelm Community Blog 
Yelm Gymnastics Center 
Yelm Historical Museum 
Yelm Pride of the PrairieYelm Farmers Market
Yelm Splash Park 
Yelm-Tenino Trail 


Employers in the Area
Chamber job board 
City of Yelm
Nisqually red Wind Casino
Puget Sound Energy 
State of Washington 
Thurston County Employment
United Parcel Service
United States Postal Service

Wilcox Farms

Yelm Community Schools