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Washington whitewater, Cispus River

Lewis county, Goat Creek to FR 2160 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V     4 miles
  The Goat Creek to FR 2160 section of Cispus River is 4 miles long and it is classified as a class V section by American Whitewater. The beautiful scenery of Lewis County and the water flowing gracefully down Cispus River are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. The beauty of the Northern Cascade Range is a great plus for this river. A good workout and a chance to
    spend some time outdoors have people coming from far and near. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty
of rivers for that. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Washington are harder than the national norm, so you'd better keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. The put-in location is a short drive from Hood River, there's a road map further down the page with  
more info on that. This stretch is mid length, suitable for an afternoon trip.

Briefly about the general area:
Have a splendid hiking adventure along the Lily Basin Trail, and hey, Gotta ski right? White Pass is a fine location to do that. Yeah, come up here to the Northern Cascade Range for a fine time. While you're here at Cispus River you can take a hike along the Pacific Crest Trail - section 24. Cispus River gets a great deal of water. Of all the months in a year January is the one with the most snow while July is the month with the least amount of precipitation.

Cispus River, Goat Creek to FR 2160 road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Cispus River.
 Whitewater Near Cispus River:
Cispus River, Lewis County, 1 miles away
      Class V - 4 miles long (Goat Creek to FR 2160)
Johnson Creek, Lewis County, 9 miles away
      Class V - 7.7 miles long (Glacier Creek to Highway 12)
Cowlitz River - Clear Fork, Lewis County, 11 miles away
      Class V+ - 5 miles long (Lava Creek to La Wis Wis Campground)
Cispus River - North Fork, Lewis County, 11 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.7 miles long (FR 22 Bridge to North Fork Campground)
Cispus River, Lewis County, 12 miles away
      Class V+ - 5.9 miles long (Adams Fork to FR 23 Bridge)
Summit Creek, Lewis County, 12 miles away
      Class V+ - 5 miles long (Soda Springs to Highway 123)
Cowlitz River, Lewis County, 13 miles away
      Class II - 7.6 miles long (La Wis Wis Campground to Packwood)
Ohanepecosh River, Lewis County, 15 miles away
      Class V - 4.7 miles long (Ohanepecosh Campground to La Wis Wis Campground)
Lewis River - North Fork, -blank- County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III - 3 miles long (Twin Falls to FR 88)
Cispus River, Lewis County, 16 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 9.5 miles long (FR 23 Bridge to FR 28 Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Cispus River:
White Pass, Washington , 12 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 23 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 46 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Alpental, Washington , 48 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 50 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 54 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 55 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 57 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 61 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Mission Ridge, Washington , 86 miles away, 2250 foot drop, 6 lifts, 36 runs
 Hotels Near Cispus River:
Best Western Plus Hood River Inn, Hood River , 35 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Hood River, Hood River , 35 miles away
Skamania Lodge, Stevenson , 35 miles away
Hood River Suites ExtendedStay, Hood River , 35 miles away
Comfort Suites Hood River, Hood River , 35 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cispus River:
Walupt Horse Camp, Packwood, 1 miles away
Walupt Lake Campground - Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Randle, 2 miles away
Chambers Lake Campground, Lewis County, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Cispus River:
Lily Basin Trail, Lewis , 3 miles away,  18.6 hiking miles, 2458 feet elevation difference
Pacific Crest Trail - section 24, overlapping , 3 miles away, 90.5 hiking miles, 3810 feet elevation difference
Jordan Creek Trail, Lewis , 4 miles away,  9.2 hiking miles, 3156 feet elevation difference
Angry Mountain Trail, Lewis , 5 miles away,  14.4 hiking miles, 3575 feet elevation difference
Coyote Trail, Lewis , 7 miles away,  26 hiking miles, 3992 feet elevation difference
Glacier Lake Trail, Lewis , 8 miles away,  3.2 hiking miles, 974 feet elevation difference
Three Peaks Trail, Lewis , 8 miles away,  7.6 hiking miles, 1240 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Cispus River:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 36 miles away
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington , 21 miles away
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington , 29 miles away
Koberg Beach State Park, Oregon , 35 miles away
 Lakes Near Cispus River
Bench Lake, Yakima , 16 miles away
Saint Jacobs Lake, Lewis , 17 miles away

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