Cedar Creek has a lot to offer paddlers. This deeply carved narrow stream has
timbered ridges and steep slopes with some fantastic paddling and wildlife viewing.
Cook’s landing (see below), this section of the stream can have many challenging
logjams and strainers (trees or limbs that block the path)--very difficult to maneuver
at low water levels. While these natural barriers can make paddling challenging, they
benefit the creek and its inhabitants by oxygenating the water and keeping backwaters
from becoming stagnant--helping keep the water clear and clean!
As you move in and out of your kayak to go over these always-changing natural river
barriers, be sure not to leave any human evidence (such as bottles, cans) in the creek
or along its banks. Keep the creek natural--so its wildlife can live, and kayaking humans
can enjoy its beauty.
As the stream skirts some partial canyons near the Rodenbeck and
Vandolah Nature Preserves, there are very few housing areas. The scenic seasonal
views are breathtaking as you paddle through the passage underneath Cedar Canyon Road
and I-69. It’s a 4-mile paddle to the next take-out on Tonkel Road, NW bridge,
which has corner roadside parking and a steep bank leading down to the river.