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Washington whitewater, Cispus River

Lewis county, Road 28 Bridge to Scanewa Reservoir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III     20.2 miles
  This section of Cispus River is 20.2 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III section. The beautiful scenery of Washington and the playfulness of the water attract people from near and far. There aren’t any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The Road 28 Bridge to Scanewa Reservoir section is one of many
    paddling sections in this river system. Whitewater paddling here in the Northern Cascade Range is a great experience. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. You can enjoy this section more if you take your
time, so why not pack your camp stove too. Getting a good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more. If you're coming from Hood River it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, as you can see on the road map further down. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good rivers for that around here. The average Washington whitewater rafting or  
kayaking river tends to be harder to run than those in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that the rivers in this state are less manageable.

Briefly about the general area:
Going for a hike on the Purcell Mountain Trail is always a delightful adventure, and if you're here you will meet lots of people from nearby Randle. You'll beyond doubt wish for more hours in a day to enjoy all the cool things in the Northern Cascade Range. Mount Rainier National Park is a fine site near Cispus River, and you can go for a hike on the Bean Creek Trail. This river is so wonderful.

Cispus River, Road 28 Bridge to Scanewa Reservoir 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:
Silver Creek, Lewis County, 6 miles away
      Class V - 4.5 miles long (Lynx Creek to Mary Kiona Park)
Cispus River, Lewis County, 9 miles away
      Class III - 20.2 miles long (Road 28 Bridge to Scanewa Reservoir)
Cowlitz River, Lewis County, 9 miles away
      Class III - 9 miles long (Cispus River to Riffe Lake)
Yellowjacket Creek, Skamania/Lewis County, 10 miles away
      Class IV - 5.2 miles long (Veta Creek to Cispus River confluence)
Mineral Creek - North Fork, Lewis County, 13 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 6 miles long (Gale to Mineral Creek)
McCoy Creek, Lewis County, 14 miles away
      Class V - 7.8 miles long (milepost 8 to Yellowjacket Creek)
Muddy River, Skamania County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 5.5 miles long (FR 25 Bridge to Lewis North Fork)
Lewis River - North Fork, Skamania County, 16 miles away
      Class III-IV - 8 miles long (Cussed Hollow to FR 9039)
Cispus River, Lewis County, 17 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 9.5 miles long (FR 23 Bridge to FR 28 Bridge)
Quartz Creek, Skamania County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 5 miles long (Snaggletooth Creek to Lewis River)
 Ski Areas Near Cispus River:
White Pass, Washington , 41 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 41 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 56 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 57 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 57 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 58 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 59 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Alpental, Washington , 60 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 75 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Hoodoo, Oregon , 98 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 , 33 miles away
Econo Lodge Buckley, Buckley , 33 miles away
GuestHouse Inn Enumclaw, Lincoln , 35 miles away
Carson Ridge Private Luxury Ca, Carson River Valley , 37 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cispus River:
Maple Grove Resort, Randle, 3 miles away
Leonard “Bud” Allen Park/Cowlitz Falls Camp Ground, Glenoma, 4 miles away
Cowlitz Falls Campground, Randle, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Cispus River:
Purcell Mountain Trail, Lewis , 10 miles away, 8.5 hiking miles, 5050 feet elevation difference
Bean Creek Trail, Skamania , 12 miles away, 7.4 hiking miles, 3072 feet elevation difference
Big Creek Trail, Lewis , 12 miles away, 5 hiking miles, 1356 feet elevation difference
Silver Creek Trail, Lewis , 12 miles away, 4.7 hiking miles, 718 feet elevation difference
Independence Pass Interpretive Trail, Skamania , 12 miles away, 1.5 hiking miles, 382 feet elevation difference
Osborne Mountain Trail, Lewis , 12 miles away, 5.5 hiking miles, 3193 feet elevation difference
Pompey Peak Trail, Lewis , 13 miles away,  7 hiking miles, 3836 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Cispus River:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 13 miles away
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington , 17 miles away
Federation Forest State Park, Washington , 38 miles away
Beacon Rock State Park, Washington , 39 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cispus River:
Maple Grove RV Resort & Golf Course, Randle , 3 miles away
Ironwood Green, Glenoma , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Cispus River
Lone Tree Lake, Lewis , 9 miles away
Lake Christine, Pierce , 15 miles away

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