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Washington whitewater, Mashel River

Pierce county, Eatonville to Nisqually River confluence section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-IV     7.5 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Washington is often more difficult than elsewhere, so keep in mind that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. The starting point is not too far from Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. This is a pretty decent length section, it's perfect for a
    one day trip. Getting a good workout and spending some quality time in nature are great reasons to come. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're
all set. The Eatonville to Nisqually River confluence stretch of Mashel River in Pierce County is 7.5 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II-IV section of whitewater. The wonderful Washington scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream will make you feel great. The campgrounds here at Mashel River are pretty good. The river winds through the Northern Cascade Range and you get great scenery.  
Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good rivers for that around here.

Briefly about the general area:
At Mashel River you always meet someone from Eatonville; a tour to Little Mashel Falls will fill your spirit with delightful feelings. And if that's not sufficient there's loads more fun stuff to do in the Northern Cascade Range. Taking a little visit to close by Point Ohop is a glorious idea, and Kirkland Pass is a great place to spend some time. This is such a great river. Mashel River gets a normal amount of annual rain. The month with most of the rain is December while July is commonly the driest month.

Mashel River, Eatonville to Nisqually River confluence road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Mashel River.
 Whitewater Near Mashel River:
Nisqually River, Thurston County, 3 miles away
      Class II - 14 miles long (Mashel River to Mckenna)
Nisqually River, -blank- County, 3 miles away
      Class V - 1.9 miles long (La Grande Reservoir to Mashel River)
Mashel River, Pierce County, 4 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7.5 miles long (Eatonville to Nisqually River confluence)
Little Nisqually River, Lewis County, 8 miles away
      Class IV+ - 5.7 miles long (Winston Creek to Alder Lake)
Puyallup River, Pierce County, 11 miles away
      Class II - 9 miles long (Kapowsin Road Bridge to Highway 162)
Mineral Creek, Lewis County, 12 miles away
      Class II - 5.5 miles long (North Fork to Alder Lake)
Tilton River - North Fork, -blank- County, 13 miles away
      Class IV - 2.5 miles long (above Tilton confluence)
Puyallup River, Pierce County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II - 6.1 miles long (McMillin to Puyallup)
Whitewater Outfitter - McFarland Rafting, Pierce County, 14 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Tilton River, Lewis County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 8.5 miles long (Morton to Bremer)
 Ski Areas Near Mashel River:
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 57 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
White Pass, Washington , 64 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Alpental, Washington , 66 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 66 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 80 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 83 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 83 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 84 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 85 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Hurricane Ridge Ski Lodge, Washington , 99 miles away, 800 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near Mashel River:
BEST WESTERN PREMIER Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, Puyallup , 14 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites PUYALLUP (TACOMA AREA), Puyallup , 14 miles away
Hampton Inn And Suites Puyallup, Puyallup , 15 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Tacoma Puyallup, Puyallup , 15 miles away
Tayberry Victorian Cottage Bed, Puyallup , 15 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Mashel River:
Alder Lake - Osprey - Tacoma Power, La Grande, 3 miles away
Alder Lake - Main - Tacoma Power, La Grande, 3 miles away
Alder Lake Park, Eatonville, 3 miles away
 Public Lands Near Mashel River:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 23 miles away
Ike Kinswa State Park, Washington , 21 miles away
Dash Point State Park, Washington , 23 miles away
Saltwater State Park, Washington , 24 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Mashel River:
Tanwax Golf Course, Eatonville , 5 miles away
Lipoma Firs Golf Course, Puyallup , 10 miles away
Classic Golf Club, Spanaway , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Mashel River
Rapjohn Lake, Pierce , 4 miles away
Tanwax Lake, Pierce , 4 miles away
Silver Lake, Pierce , 5 miles away

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