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Washington whitewater, Puyallup River

Pierce county, Niesson Creek to Electron section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV+     9 miles
  The Niesson Creek to Electron section of Puyallup River is 9 miles long and is a class IV+ section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Washington are often tougher than in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that many runs in this state are not easy. A bit of exercise and just being out on the river for a while are great reasons to come. This is a pretty decent length
    section, it's perfect for a one day trip. The put-in location is a short drive from Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. For all you camping people there are campgrounds
nearby. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling spots. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. The Northern Cascade Range scenery is wonderful. The wonderful Washington scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are in  
themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle.

Briefly about the general area:
If time allows, Mount Rainier National Park is a national park worth taking a look at. The friendly people of Carbonado like to hang out nearby, and why not take a refreshing hike along the Paul Peak Trail. This is a great river. Summertime brings highs in the 70's to Puyallup River. Once the sun is down it drops down to the 50's. Daytime highs through the winter are in the 40's while the cold winter nights at Puyallup River are in the 30's. Puyallup River gets a typical amount of yearly precipitation.

Puyallup River, Niesson Creek to Electron 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 Puyallup River.
 Whitewater Near Puyallup River:
Puyallup River, Pierce County, 5 miles away
      Class IV+ - 9 miles long (Niesson Creek to Electron)
Carbon River, Pierce County, 7 miles away
      Class II - 9 miles long (177th St. East to Puyallup River)
Carbon River, Pierce County, 8 miles away
      Class V - 9 miles long (Fairfax to 177th St. East)
Puyallup River, Pierce County, 8 miles away
      Class II - 9 miles long (Kapowsin Road Bridge to Highway 162)
South Praire Creek, Pierce County, 9 miles away
      Class II+ - 5.8 miles long (Lower Burnett to above Carbon River)
Mashel River, Pierce County, 10 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7.5 miles long (Eatonville to Nisqually River confluence)
Mineral Creek, Lewis County, 12 miles away
      Class II - 5.5 miles long (North Fork to Alder Lake)
Puyallup River, Pierce County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 6.1 miles long (McMillin to Puyallup)
White River, Pierce County, 13 miles away
      Class II - 12.5 miles long (Buckley to Auburn)
Mineral Creek - North Fork, Lewis County, 13 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 6 miles long (Gale to Mineral Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Puyallup River:
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 44 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
White Pass, Washington , 52 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Alpental, Washington , 53 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 53 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 67 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 81 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 82 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 82 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 83 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Mt.Baker, Washington , 95 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
 Marinas Near Puyallup River:
Narrows Marina, Auburn , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Puyallup River:
Econo Lodge Buckley, Buckley , 11 miles away
GuestHouse Inn Enumclaw, Lincoln , 15 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites SUMNER - PUYALLUP AREA, Sumner , 16 miles away
Hampton Inn And Suites Puyallup, Puyallup , 16 miles away
BEST WESTERN PREMIER Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, Puyallup , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Puyallup River:
Sierra-rainier, Orting, 8 miles away
South Prairie Creek RV Park, South Prairie, 9 miles away
Aspen Cabin - Fremont National Forest, Lakeview, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Puyallup River:
Paul Peak Trail, Pierce , 15 miles away,  3 hiking miles, 1081 feet elevation difference
Osborne Mountain Trail, Lewis , 16 miles away, 5.5 hiking miles, 3193 feet elevation difference
Ipsut Creek Trail, Pierce , 18 miles away, 4.8 hiking miles, 3790 feet elevation difference
Big Creek Trail, Lewis , 19 miles away, 5 hiking miles, 1356 feet elevation difference
Summit Lake Trail, Pierce , 20 miles away, 5.1 hiking miles, 1322 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Puyallup River:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 14 miles away
Flaming Geyser State Park, Washington , 17 miles away
Nolte State Park, Washington , 19 miles away
Kanaskat-Palmer State Park, Washington , 23 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Puyallup River:
Hi-Cedars Golf Club, Orting , 11 miles away
High Cedars Golf Club, Orting , 11 miles away
Lipoma Firs Golf Course, Puyallup , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Puyallup River
Tanwax Lake, Pierce , 11 miles away
Lake Christine, Pierce , 15 miles away
Rapjohn Lake, Pierce , 16 miles away

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