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Washington whitewater, Nisqually River

La Grande Reservoir to Mashel River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V     1.9 miles
  This section of Nisqually River in -blank- County is 1.9 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class V section. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Washington are harder than the national norm, so better not forget that the rivers in this state are less manageable. The wonderful Washington scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream make the trip here worthwhile. The wild scenery
    of the Northern Cascade Range is great. There are plenty of other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. This is a bit of a short stretch so better bring some good walking shoes. If you're a camper you
can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling places. If you're coming from Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. Getting your paddling muscles activated and spending some quality time in nature have people  
coming from far and near. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
While you're here at Nisqually River you will meet lots of people from close by Eatonville. The annual rain here at Nisqually River is about average. The month with most of the rain is December, and the driest month is July. Throughout the summertime at Nisqually River highs are generally in the 70's. Throughout the dark hours of summer temperatures fall down into the 50's.

Nisqually River, La Grande Reservoir to Mashel River 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 Nisqually River.
 Whitewater Near Nisqually River:
Nisqually River, Thurston County, 1 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)
Little Nisqually River, Lewis County, 6 miles away
      Class IV+ - 5.7 miles long (Winston Creek to Alder Lake)
Mashel River, Pierce County, 7 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7.5 miles long (Eatonville to Nisqually River confluence)
Tilton River - North Fork, -blank- County, 11 miles away
      Class IV - 2.5 miles long (above Tilton confluence)
Tilton River, Lewis County, 13 miles away
      Class III-IV - 11 miles long (Bremer to Ike Kinswa State Park)
Tilton River, Lewis County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 8.5 miles long (Morton to Bremer)
Mineral Creek, Lewis County, 14 miles away
      Class II - 5.5 miles long (North Fork to Alder Lake)
Puyallup River, Pierce County, 14 miles away
      Class II - 9 miles long (Kapowsin Road Bridge to Highway 162)
Whitewater Outfitter - McFarland Rafting, Pierce County, 15 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Nisqually River:
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 60 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
White Pass, Washington , 66 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Alpental, Washington , 69 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 69 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 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
Stevens Pass, Washington , 83 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 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 , 98 miles away, 800 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near Nisqually River:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites PUYALLUP (TACOMA AREA), Puyallup , 16 miles away
BEST WESTERN PREMIER Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, Puyallup , 16 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Tacoma Puyallup, Puyallup , 17 miles away
Hampton Inn And Suites Puyallup, Puyallup , 17 miles away
Tayberry Victorian Cottage Bed, Puyallup , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Nisqually River:
Alder Lake - Elk Plain - Tacoma Power, La Grande, 2 miles away
Alder Lake - Osprey - Tacoma Power, La Grande, 3 miles away
Alder Lake - Main - Tacoma Power, La Grande, 3 miles away
 Public Lands Near Nisqually River:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 25 miles away
Ike Kinswa State Park, Washington , 17 miles away
Dash Point State Park, Washington , 24 miles away
Saltwater State Park, Washington , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Nisqually River:
Tanwax Golf Course, Eatonville , 5 miles away
Classic Golf Club, Spanaway , 12 miles away
Lipoma Firs Golf Course, Puyallup , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Nisqually River
Silver Lake, Pierce , 3 miles away
Rapjohn Lake, Pierce , 4 miles away
Tanwax Lake, Pierce , 7 miles away

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