As mitigation for the Cowlitz River hydroelectric projects, Tacoma Public Utilities has purchased a 60 to 300 foot buffer along the entire shoreline of Riffe Reservoir. The upland is mainly in private timber ownership and access to the buffer is primarily by water. Large wood within the reservoir precludes water sport activities but the reservoir is well known for its trout and landlocked coho fishery.
Birds of Prey
How to Get Here
Map and Driving Directions
Access Site #1
Driving Directions From I-5: Head east on Highway 12 (36.3mi), Turn right onto Kosmos Road (0.2mi), Turn sharp left onto Champion Haul Road 100 (3.8mi), Turn right into Tacoma Power's Taidnapam Park.
Parking/Restroom Information Parking, restrooms and boat launch facilities located inside the parks.
Other Information Access to the park is day use only unless staying at the park. If you are not a registered guest of the campground a nominal fee is charged for parking at the Taidnapam fishing bridge during weekend and holiday periods.
Unlike the buffer on Mayfield Lake, Riffe Lake's buffers are predominately bordered by private commercial timberlands. The buffer zone provides diversity of forage and cover not found in the adjacent clearcuts making this area a vital habitat component for local wildlife. Fishing for landlocked coho (silvers) is a favorite pastime of those visiting this area as well as hang gliding and windsurfing. There is also a bass fishing competition on this lake annually.
The buffer zone is best accessed via boat though some locations may be accessible via logging road. Two full service campgrounds can be found on Riffe Lake. The campgrounds are owned and operated by Tacoma Power and both have boat launching facilities.