- Last Updated: November 16, 2018
- Port Blakely 300 Road Gate: Open
- Port Blakely 340 Road Gate: Open
- Port Blakely 200 Road Gate: Open
- Information Hotline: (360) 345-1484
As of 2017, all access roads to our Copper Canyon Creek Take-Out site are now open unless otherwise noted on our website due to hazardous or safety concerns.
For orientation on the area, see the following map (click map for larger image).
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.
Other than times of extreme fire danger and active logging operations in the area, the Port Blakely 300 and 340 roads are open year-round, though Port Blakely Tree Farms LP reserves the right to close public access at anytime.
Port Blakely Tree Farms LP allows periodic public access to some of their private timber lands. As owner of the Port Blakely 300 Road 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. View the Port Blakely Tree Farms LP land use rules.
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 Road 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.
How To Get There
- From the intersection of WA-12 and WA-131 in Randle, head south on WA-131 to FS 25 Road – keep right at ‘Y’ to stay off Cispus Road (2.1 miles)
- Travel FS 25 Road to the intersection of Port Blakely 200 Road (5.3 miles)
- Keep left at the intersection of the Port Blakely 200 Road, travel over the bridge to NF-76 Road (0.2 miles)
- Turn left on NF-76 Road and travel to Put-In Site #1 (1.2 miles)
- From the intersection of WA-12 and Kosmos Road in Glenoma, travel to Champion Haul Road/Port Blakely 100 Road (0.2 miles)
- Turn left onto Champion Haul Road/Port Blakely 100 Road and travel to Port Blakely 300 Road(4.2 miles)
- Turn left and travel the Port Blakely 300 Road to the intersection immediately after Crystal Creek (7.7 miles)
- Turn left and travel to NF-76 Road(0.2 miles)
- Turn right on NF-76 Road and travel to Put-In Site #1 (1.2 miles)
- From Put-In Site #1, head NE on NF-76 Road to the intersection (1.2 miles)
- Turn left at the intersection and travel to the intersection of Port Blakely 300 Road (0.2 miles)
- Turn right and travel to Port Blakely 340 Road (2.9 miles)
- Turn right on Port Blakely 340 Road and travel to Copper Canyon Creek Take-Out Site (0.2 miles)
For additional road information and closures, visit the following websites:
- Port Blakely Gate Closure Information
- U.S. Forest Service – Gifford Pinchot National Forest Alerts & Notices
- Vehicle Entry Application Packet (PDF)
- Lower Cispus River Land Ownership (June 2016) (PDF)
- Proposed Alternative Take-Out Sites (for public review) (PDF)
- 100, 200, 300, & 340 Road Easement Agreement (2012-2017) (PDF)
- Cispus River Area Map
- Skinner Rd Ownership Map
- Port Blakely Gate Closure Information
- Gifford Pinchot National Forest Alerts & Notices
- Current Cispus River Flow near Randle
- Current Elevation of Lake Scanewa
- Current Fire Danger (IFPL)
- 10 Day Weather Forecast
- Cispus River Boating Information – American Whitewater
- Cowlitz Falls Day Use Park