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Washington whitewater, Puyallup River

Pierce county, McMillin to Puyallup section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     6.1 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Washington and the water flowing gracefully down Puyallup River beats anything. The put-in is not too far from Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, as you can see on the road map further down. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. There are nice comfortable hotels here, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.
    The campgrounds here at Puyallup River are pretty good. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more. This section of Puyallup River in Pierce County is 6.1 miles
long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class I-II section. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the McMillin to Puyallup stretch is just one of them. The average Washington whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving.

Briefly about the general area:
 
On a gorgeous day you can have a look at Caledonia Beach next to Puyallup River, and do put some time aside to spend at Wildwood Spring since you're here at Puyallup River. You undeniably must pop by Saltwater State Park if you're here at Puyallup River, and there are plenty of folks from Puyallup here. This river is so wonderful. Time spent at Des Moines Beach near Puyallup River is always splendid, and Dash Point State Park is both good and charming. The amount of precipitation that falls at Puyallup River is close to the national average. Of all the months in a year December is the one with the most rain; the driest month of the year is July.

Puyallup River, McMillin to Puyallup 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, 2 miles away
      Class I-II - 6.1 miles long (McMillin to Puyallup)
Whitewater Outfitter - Wildwater River Tours, King County, 6 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Puyallup River, Pierce County, 7 miles away
      Class II - 9 miles long (Kapowsin Road Bridge to Highway 162)
Green River, King County, 11 miles away
      Class II - 2.8 miles long (Flaming Geyser State Park to 212 Way SE Bridge)
Carbon River, Pierce County, 12 miles away
      Class II - 9 miles long (177th St. East to Puyallup River)
Whitewater Outfitter - McFarland Rafting, Pierce County, 12 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Mashel River, Pierce County, 14 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7.5 miles long (Eatonville to Nisqually River confluence)
South Praire Creek, Pierce County, 14 miles away
      Class II+ - 5.8 miles long (Lower Burnett to above Carbon River)
Duwamish River, King County, 16 miles away
      Class I-II - 0.1 miles long (King County Park behind Boeing)
Nisqually River, Thurston County, 16 miles away
      Class II - 14 miles long (Mashel River to Mckenna)
 Ski Areas Near Puyallup River:
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 56 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Alpental, Washington , 59 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 60 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
White Pass, Washington , 65 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 71 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Mt.Baker, Washington , 89 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 94 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 94 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Hurricane Ridge Ski Lodge, Washington , 95 miles away, 800 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 95 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
 Marinas Near Puyallup River:
Narrows Marina, Auburn , 7 miles away
Chinook Landing Marina, Tacoma , 11 miles away
Continental Marina, Des Moines , 11 miles away
Des Moines Marina, Seattle , 12 miles away
Tyee Marina, Tacoma , 12 miles away
 Beaches Near Puyallup River:
Des Moines Beach, King , 12 miles away
Caledonia Beach, Pierce , 13 miles away
Northilla Beach, King , 16 miles away
Pritchett Island Beach, King , 17 miles away
Brighton Beach, King , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Puyallup River:
Tayberry Victorian Cottage Bed, Puyallup , 2 miles away
Hampton Inn And Suites Puyallup, Puyallup , 2 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Tacoma Puyallup, Puyallup , 2 miles away
Tacoma - Puyallup, Puyallup , 3 miles away
BEST WESTERN PREMIER Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, Puyallup , 3 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Puyallup River:
Puyallup Fair and Events Center, Puyallup, 2 miles away
River Road RV, Puyallup, 5 miles away
Meridian Terrace Mobile Manor, Graham, 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Puyallup River:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 28 miles away
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 64 miles away
Saltwater State Park, Washington , 10 miles away
Dash Point State Park, Washington , 12 miles away
Flaming Geyser State Park, Washington , 17 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Puyallup River:
Sumner Meadows Golf Links, Sumner , 3 miles away
Lake Tapps Island Golf Course, Sumner , 3 miles away
Hi-Cedars Golf Club, Orting , 3 miles away
 Lakes Near Puyallup River
Lake Chalet, Pierce , 3 miles away
North Lake, King , 7 miles away
Lake Fenwick, King , 9 miles away

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