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Cispus River

But for vast stretches, the Cispus River is a serene waterway that frames the reaches of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and provides a soundtrack that calls to the outdoor lover in all of us.

Beginning in the Cascades and ending at Lake Scanewa, the Cispus flows more than 50 miles and carries several tributaries that eventually connect in the Cowlitz Basin. Fishing along the river is possible but is just a bit tougher, although anglers have been known to enjoy returns of brook trout in the waterway.

Public access to the Upper Cispus River can be gained by taking U.S. Highway 12 to Randle, then taking State Route 131 south to Forest Road 23, then heading up Forest Road 21, which parallels the river. Trout fishing is predominant in summer and fall. More information on the status of the river can be found on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest's website.

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Places to stay nearby

Cascade Peaks

Randle, East
Starting at: $19.50

Elk Country Cabin

East, Packwood, Randle, Mount Rainier
Starting at: $139.00

Packwood Lodge

East, Randle, Packwood, Mount Rainier
Starting at: $109.00

Tall Timber Restaurant, Lounge & Motel

Randle, East
Starting at: $45.00

Places to eat nearby

Tall Timber Restaurant, Lounge & Motel

10023 U.S. Highway 12
Randle, WA 98377
(360) 497-2991
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Huff & Puff Drive-In

9455 U.S. Highway 12,
Randle, WA 98377
(360) 497-5721
Yelp!

Big Bottom Bar & Grill

9791 U.S. Highway 12,
Randle, WA 98377
(360) 497-0561
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Bear Country Espresso

9802 U.S. Highway 12,
Randle, WA 98377
(360) 497-2323
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Mount Adams Cafe

9794 U.S. Highway 12,
Randle, WA
(360) 497-5556
Yelp!