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Washington whitewater, Cispus River

Lewis county, FR 23 Bridge to FR 28 Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III+(IV)     9.5 miles
Hello I was coming up to stay at Paradise Creek with my son. I have a two seater kayak that I want to use, Where is a good place to go that has calm water? Any help would be great . Thanks Says Rick Green

The put-in is not too far from Hood River, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The wonderful Washington scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water will make you feel great. This
    section of Cispus River in Lewis County is 9.5 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class III+(IV) section of whitewater. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but if you donít
have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. Great exercise and just hanging out with mother nature will have you coming back for more. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the FR 23 Bridge to FR 28 Bridge stretch is just one of many. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, it's good length for a morning trip. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Washington is often tougher than elsewhere,  
so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. The Northern Cascade Range scenery is wonderful. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good rivers.

Briefly about the general area:
Gifford Pinchot National Forest is both glorious and scenic, and it's in close proximity to Cispus River; there is a glorious hiking trail nearby called the Klickitat Trail. That right there is a load of fun stuff already but it goes on, the Northern Cascade Range has it all.

Cispus River, FR 23 Bridge to FR 28 Bridge road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near Cispus River.
 Whitewater Near Cispus River:
Yellowjacket Creek, Skamania/Lewis County, 3 miles away
      Class IV - 5.2 miles long (Veta Creek to Cispus River confluence)
Cispus River, Lewis County, 4 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 9.5 miles long (FR 23 Bridge to FR 28 Bridge)
Cispus River, Lewis County, 4 miles away
      Class III - 20.2 miles long (Road 28 Bridge to Scanewa Reservoir)
McCoy Creek, Lewis County, 6 miles away
      Class V - 7.8 miles long (milepost 8 to Yellowjacket Creek)
Cispus River - North Fork, Lewis County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.7 miles long (FR 22 Bridge to North Fork Campground)
Quartz Creek, Skamania County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 5 miles long (Snaggletooth Creek to Lewis River)
Cispus River, Lewis County, 9 miles away
      Class V+ - 5.9 miles long (Adams Fork to FR 23 Bridge)
Lewis River - North Fork, -blank- County, 11 miles away
      Class IV - 3.4 miles long (FR 88 to Quartz Creek)
Lewis River - North Fork, -blank- County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 3 miles long (Twin Falls to FR 88)
Johnson Creek, Lewis County, 13 miles away
      Class V - 7.7 miles long (Glacier Creek to Highway 12)
 Ski Areas Near Cispus River:
White Pass, Washington , 29 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 33 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 49 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 52 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 52 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 53 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 54 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Alpental, Washington , 55 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 70 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Hoodoo, Oregon , 96 miles away, 1035 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
 Hotels Near Cispus River:
Skamania Lodge, Stevenson , 20 miles away
Carson Hot Springs Resort, Carson River Valley , 30 miles away
Carson Ridge Private Luxury Ca, Carson River Valley , 33 miles away
Rodeway Inn Stevenson, Stevenson , 35 miles away
Best Western Plus Columbia River Inn, Cascade Locks , 36 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cispus River:
North Fork, Randle, 2 miles away
North Fork Campground And Group - Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Randle, 2 miles away
Blue Lake Creek, Packwood, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Cispus River:
Klickitat Trail, Lewis , 4 miles away,  4.2 hiking miles, 1263 feet elevation difference
Pompey Peak Trail, Lewis , 5 miles away,  7 hiking miles, 3836 feet elevation difference
Dry Creek Trail, Lewis , 8 miles away, 6.4 hiking miles, 5447 feet elevation difference
Davis Mountain Trail, Lewis , 8 miles away, 6.7 hiking miles, 3121 feet elevation difference
Purcell Mountain Trail, Lewis , 8 miles away, 8.5 hiking miles, 5050 feet elevation difference
Willame Trail, Lewis , 9 miles away, 3.5 hiking miles, 921 feet elevation difference
South Point Trail, Lewis , 11 miles away,  6.4 hiking miles, 3402 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Cispus River:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 21 miles away
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington , 8 miles away
Viento State Park, Oregon , 35 miles away
Starvation Creek State Park, Oregon , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cispus River:
Maple Grove RV Resort & Golf Course, Randle , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Cispus River
Lone Tree Lake, Lewis , 5 miles away
Placid Lake, Skamania , 18 miles away

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