Cedar River - Landsburg bridge to Maplewood Roadside Park


Cedar River, Washington, US

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Landsburg bridge to Maplewood Roadside Park

Usual Difficulty II (for normal flows)

Cedar River Slalom course


Cedar River Slalom course
Photo by Thomas O'Keefe © taken 03/07/01

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
CEDAR RIVER BELOW DIVERSION NEAR LANDSBURG, WA
usgs-12117600 400 - 1200 cfs II 00h40m 278 cfs (too low)


River Description

EVENTS: The Cedar is the site of the annual Cedar River Slalom race typcially held in late March every year. For additional information see League of Northwest Whitewater Racers site.

FUN FACT: Permanent slalom course.

SEASON: Best in winter and spring.

Access: To reach the Landsburg Bridge (upper put-in and site of slalom course) take exit 17 (for Front Street) off I-90 in Issaquah. Drive south on Front Street through the town of Issaquah. This road makes a couple name changes but just continue south 12.5 miles to the Landsburg Bridge across the river. On your way you will pass under Highway 18 and by the Hobart store/post office. For those who run the river, a takeout (or put-in for the lower section) is available at the Highway 169 bridge near the junction with Highway 18. This access comes 7.5 miles into the run. For those who wish to run the lower section (another 9 miles) there is a take-out on river right at Maplewood Roadside Park off Highway 169, about a mile east of the Highway 169/I-405 junction. Check the map for a couple bridges that provide additional access points.

DESCRIPTION:

The Cedar is the site of an annual slalom race (video footage) and a course that is maintained by local volunteers throughout most of the year. Area slalom paddlers can be found practicing here throughout the spring. For those who run the river, small boulders provide good eddies and ample opportunities for practice. Some sections pass through braided channels that can collect wood debris--use caution. As you approach Renton evidence of human impacts becomes more evident. This lower section is a bit easier in terms of whitewater and sometimes used by instructors working with beginners.

 


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Last Updated: 2011-03-04 05:32:32

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User Comments

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May 3 2012 (1878 days ago)
Carla MinerDetails
Recreational users on the Cedar River should be aware that a submerged steel cable has created a
hazard condition spanning the channel between Cedar Grove Road Bridge (Rivermile 11.45) and the
Upper Jones Road Bridge (Rivermile 9.4). While part of the cable is visible, part of it is
submerged making it difficult for boaters and other river users to see. The cable is stretched taut
from the right bank to a log lodged roughly in the middle of the channel at approximately Rivermile
9.7. It is attached on one end to a tree, which appears to have fallen as a result of bank erosion,
and on the other end to several wooden boards visibly anchored in the right bank. While the cable's
origin is not known, it has been determined that it is not affiliated with a King County bank
stabilization project.
http://www.kingcounty.gov/recreation/boating/rivers/cedar-river-cable-hazard-notice-2012.aspx
January 1 2007 (3827 days ago)
David ElliottDetails
As of Jan 1, 2007, the only significant wood is a tree across the river about a half mile above the
169 Bridge. At flows higher than 1000, you can probably go right over it, but most likely a flow
above 1000 will move the tree so it's out of the way.
November 27 2006 (3862 days ago)
Joe SauveDetails
I ran the lower section of the Cedar, from just below the upper Jones Road bridge on 11/24. The
recent floods have washed out alot of the wood in the new channel that was created by the landslide
during the Nisqually earthquake. Now instead of a 200 yard portage, there are just a couple logs
near the end of this section. We were able to get through without portaging, but it involved some
tight moves and a class 4 ferry above a river-wide log. Beginner/intermediate boaters would be well
advised to make the short portage around the logs.


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