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Upper Cispus Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Cispus River

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Upper Cispus Info
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Put In:  Forest Road 23 Bridge
Take Out:  North Fork
Gradient:  55 ft/mi
Run Length:  9.4 miles
Current Streamflow:  5050 cfs @ 12/14/2016 11:00 AM - CISPUS RIVER AB YELLOWJACKET CREEK NEAR RANDLE, WA, reading taken from USGS
Flow Information (phone):  206-526-8530; Cispus River near Randle.
Good Level:  1,000 - 3,000 cfs
Streamflow Comments: 
Season Comments:  April, May, June, November, December
Primary Season: 
Permit:  None required.
Hazards:  Log hazards.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  National Forest.
Wilderness:  No
Camping on River:  USFS Campgrounds along the river.
Location:  In the Pacific Region (WA), 170 miles South of Seattle
Shuttle Logistics: 

Take-Out: Take US 12 to the town of Randle and turn south onto Forest Road 23. Cross over the Cowlitz River and continue on FR 23 bearing left after about a mile going towards the Cispus Environmental Center. Continue for about another 10 miles to the intersection with FR 28 keeping left on FR 23. About 2 miles past this intersection turn right onto a side road which heads to the take-out just downstream of the confluence with the North Fork.

Put-In: Continue driving up FR 23 for about 8 more miles to the bridge crossing the Cispus.

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Last Edited by bradgoet on 4/21/2011

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