June 24, 2011
Sheriff Re-opens Cedar River
Sheriff Rahr re-opened a section of the Cedar River, a part of which has been closed since March due a log jam. Extensive flooding in January 2011 formed a mass of logs across the river and changed the river channel at the Ricardi Reach, also known as Cedar Rapids. That made recreational use of that section of the river extremely dangerous.
King County removed the logs and trees last week and the danger has been at least mitigated.
Originally, a four mile section of the river was closed. That was later reduced from to about a mile, beginning at the 76 Station on S.R. 169 to the Cavanaugh Pond Natural Area. Now the entire section is open.
Sheriff's Office Marine deputies floated that part of the Cedar after the log jam was removed. The section is passable to recreational use, but still challenging and is still dangerous to those either ill-prepared or ill-equipped, especially to those trying to float the river on inner tubes or float toys.
Users of all major rivers in unincorporated King County are reminded of the new ordinance that goes into effect July 1st, mandating lift vests in most situations. That includes floating the Cedar River.