Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, and Rainbow Tout
Joins the Cowlitz River above Riffe Lake
Take U.S.12 to Randle and turn south on Forest Service Road 25 (Woods Creek Road). Drive just over a mile and turn left (east) on Cispus Road (Forest Service Road 23), which follows the river upstream more than twenty miles.
There are a few forest service campgrounds along the river with campsites, restrooms, and water, but the nearest food, gas, tackle, and lodging are in Randle.
Fishing the Cispus River:
Wild cutthroat and planted rainbows provide some action on the Lower Cispus, below the mouth of the Muddy Fork. Above the Muddy Fork, anglers will find a mix bag of small cutthroats and brook trout. The season here runs from June 1 through October 31, and you’ll find small trout available all season. Fishing pressure gets fairly heavy during the height of the summer camping season, but you’ll have elbow room before mid-June and after Labor Day.