Cedar River

Maple Valley, Washington 98038

Cedar River

Cedar River Professional Review and Guide

"The Cedar River flows under the Renton Library and can be seen from the I-405 S curves. A raging Cascade river in its youth, its final few miles offer an active paddling experience through a bucolic semirural area.

The river is small and intimate, a rocky run with brushy bends, an occasional high bluff, lots of gravel bars, numerous species of birds (including mallards and mergansers), and evidence of beavers and muskrats. Its run through downtown Renton is unique, with anadromous fish visible in the clear cool water, even under the library. The Cedar—along with the Missouri, the Yellowstone, the Lower Snake, and several other rivers—made American Rivers’ list of the 10 Most Endangered Rivers in 1999 due to urban sprawl and water withdrawals. (American Rivers is North America’s leading river conservation organization.)"

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This is a great peaceful paddling route. It goes right through the city of Renton, by the library and several parks. During the summer months, you will see lots of people walking the trails along the river.

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Trail Information

Maple Valley
Nearby City
3 to 4 hours
Class II
Best: Year-round, especially summer
Cedar River Trail Park; King County Parks and Recreation Division; King County Dept. of Natural Resources; Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website for Wildlife Areas and Access Points
Local Contacts
USGS Maple Valley, Renton
Local Maps

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Nov 2018