White Water Adventures
The beauty and rapids of the Cispus River make it favored by novice and advanced boaters alike. The Copper Canyon Creek Take-Out Site provides rafters and kayakers a location to exit the Cispus River before entering the slack water of the Cowlitz Falls Reservoir. The typical rafting/kayer season is dependent on stream flows, usually starting after the rains begin in late fall (around mid-October) and ending after the spring runoff (aound mid-May).
The take-out site is located on the south shore of the Cispus River about one mile above the confluence with the Cowlitz River.The site has accommodations including a picnic table, parking area, portable restroom and a loop road for turn-around and easy loading of vehicles. No overnight camping or fires are allowed.
Though boaters can put in on the Cispus River on publicly owned Forest Service property, access to take-out points below Put-In Site #1 (ref. map below) requires the use of private property. Copper Canyon Creek Take-Out Site is owned and operated by Lewis County PUD, however, access is made over privately owned lands. Through an agreement with Port Blakely Tree Farms LP, Lewis County PUD has been granted the opportunity to provide public access to this site. Because of the inherent risk of fire danger, vandalism, active logging interference, and other hazards associated with rural access to private timber lands, access to the Copper Canyon Creek Take-Out Site has three optional entry methods to mitigate these risks.
For orientation on the area, see the following map (click map for larger image).
Other than times of extreme fire danger and active logging operations in the area, the Port Blakely 300 Rd. is typically open year-round, though Port Blakely Tree Farms LP reserves the right to close public access at anytime. The Port Blakely 340 Rd., the spur road leading to the Copper Canyon Creek Take-Out Site from the Port Blakely 300 Rd., is gated to restrict vehicle access. When the Port Blakely 300 Rd is open, there are three ways to access the Copper Canyon Creek Take-Out Site.
Avoid blocking road traffic on the Port Blakely 300 Rd. Vehicles blocking any roadways are subject to towing. If you elect for option (1) or (2), remember to check the gate status of the Port Blakely 300 Rd. prior to your trip. For option (2), the application can be found under "Related Documents", or by clicking here. For more information on option (3), see "Open Gate Days" below. For alternate take-out site, see "Alternative Take-Out Site" listed under "Open Gate Days" below.
We have developed a process for requesting Copper Canyon Creek Take-Out Site open gate days.
This is the process we will have for 2017. We will post this on our District website. We welcome any input to make this process better for the whitewater community that we can incorporate for 2018.
NOTICE: The following routes include travel on private lands. These routes are subject to gate closures and primitive road conditions. Extreme care should be taken when traveling these roads. Large trucks and heavy equipment have the right-of-way. Warning signs and other alerting devices may not be present when hazardous conditions exist.
Put-In Site #1, known by some as Twin Cedars, is a pull off on the side of NF-76 Rd in the National Forest. It is typically considered the lowest put-in site by rafter/kayakers, offering about 8 miles of river before arriving at the Copper Canyon Creek Take-Out Site.
Directions from Randle to Put-In Site #1 (Twin Cedars):
Directions from Glenoma to Put-In Site #1 (Twin Cedars):
Directions from Put-In Site #1 (Cedar Rapids) to Copper Canyon Creek Take-Out:
For additional road information and closures, see "Helpful Links" to Port Blakely and US Forest Service websites.
Open Gate Days
The Port Blakely 340 Rd. has a gate that is typically closed, but is open during "Open Gate Days." On these days, PUD staff monitors the site and the gate is open with no insurance requirements. Each year, interested rafters/kayakers may submit desired Open Gate Days. To submit your request for the 2016/2017 season, send an email to the address listed at the bottom of this page requesting the dates that you would like to see. To ensure that your desired dates are considered, they should be submitted as soon as they are known. Results of requests are compared and at least 3 days are provided each year. Once dates have been selected, they will be posted on this page under Notices, found above on the right. Open Gate Days must end by 6 PM, with the gate being closed and locked by this time.
Alternative Take-Out Site
The Cowlitz Falls Day Use Park offers an alternative take-out site (view map) that is typically open year-round, though it requires paddlers to cross Lake Scanewa. Copper Canyon Creek Take-Out Site to the Cowlitz Falls Day Use Park is about 1.62 miles by way of water. Due to the challenges in rafting slack water (especially in windy conditions), this option is not recommended for rafters. Check the Day Use Park webpage for possible closures before choosing this option. Other alternative take-out sites are currently being investigated for possible development.
Respect Private Property
Port Blakely Tree Farms LP allows periodic public access to some of their private timber lands. As owner of the Port Blakely 300 Rd., the company accepts a risk in allowing access to areas that may otherwise be closed to the public. In cooperation with Lewis County PUD, Port Blakely Tree Farms LP provides access for the rafting/kayaking community to utilize these areas. Be respectful of these areas. If you notice illegal behavior, report it. Remain cognizant of fire danger and other hazards. Logging trucks and large equipment have the right-of-way. When traveling with multiple vehicles, monitoring CB traffic with a lead car may help reduce the risk of interference with active logging or collisions. Never dump trash, block gates, damage equipment, steal, or be destructive to timber or other products. Click here for Port Blakely Tree Farms LP land use rules.
If you notice errors on this page or would like to make suggestions, feel free to email the web developer at the address below.
Use the following address for more information, to recommend changes to the take-out site or this webpage, or to request an Open Gate Day
Last Updated 17-February, 2017
Port Blakely 300 Rd Gate: Open
Port Blakely 340 Rd Gate: Closed (will be opened on Presidents Day)
340 Rd. OPEN GATE DAYS 2017
Thanks to all who participated in the 2017 Open Gate Day selection process. 30 Open Gate Days have been assigned for the 2017 season, with 6 total open gate days available on short-term notification to the District.
Unscheduled date requests (open gate day):
Information Hotline: (360) 345-1484