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Washington whitewater, Little Nisqually River

Lewis county, Winston Creek to Alder Lake section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV+     5.7 miles
  This stretch of Little Nisqually River in Lewis County is 5.7 miles long and it is classified as a class IV+ section by American Whitewater. The beautiful scenery of Washington and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream beats anything. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people
    coming here. 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. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. The average whitewater rafting
or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master in this state than those in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. If you're coming from Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down. The beautiful Northern Cascade Range scenery is an added bonus. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater  
rafting or kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, it's perfect for a one day trip.

Briefly about the general area:
You'll meet a lot of people from Eatonville here. Little Nisqually River gets a lot of water. December is the wettest month with most rain while July is the month with the least amount of precipitation. Summertime highs at Little Nisqually River commonly tend to be in the 70's while night lows are ordinarily in the 40's. Through the winter this place gets highs in the 40's, and during the dark hours in the wintertime at Little Nisqually River temperatures sink to the 30's.

Little Nisqually River, Winston Creek to Alder Lake road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Little Nisqually River.
 Whitewater Near Little Nisqually River:
Little Nisqually River, Lewis County, 2 miles away
      Class IV+ - 5.7 miles long (Winston Creek to Alder Lake)
Nisqually River, -blank- County, 3 miles away
      Class V - 1.9 miles long (La Grande Reservoir to Mashel River)
Nisqually River, Thurston County, 5 miles away
      Class II - 14 miles long (Mashel River to Mckenna)
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, 9 miles away
      Class IV - 2.5 miles long (above Tilton confluence)
Tilton River, Lewis County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 8.5 miles long (Morton to Bremer)
Mineral Creek, Lewis County, 11 miles away
      Class II - 5.5 miles long (North Fork to Alder Lake)
Tilton River, Lewis County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV - 11 miles long (Bremer to Ike Kinswa State Park)
Puyallup River, Pierce County, 16 miles away
      Class II - 9 miles long (Kapowsin Road Bridge to Highway 162)
Mineral Creek - North Fork, Lewis County, 17 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 6 miles long (Gale to Mineral Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Little Nisqually River:
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 58 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
White Pass, Washington , 63 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 , 79 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 79 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 80 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 80 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 83 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
 Hotels Near Little Nisqually River:
Best Western Premier Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, Puyallup , 19 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites PUYALLUP (TACOMA AREA), Puyallup , 19 miles away
Hampton Inn And Suites Tacoma-Puyallup WA, Puyallup , 20 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Tacoma Puyallup, Puyallup , 20 miles away
Tayberry Victorian Cottage Bed, Puyallup , 21 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Little Nisqually River:
Alder Lake - Elk Plain - Tacoma Power, La Grande, 2 miles away
Alder Lake Park, Eatonville, 2 miles away
Alder Lake - Main - Tacoma Power, La Grande, 2 miles away
 Public Lands Near Little Nisqually River:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 23 miles away
Ike Kinswa State Park, Washington , 17 miles away
Dash Point State Park, Washington , 28 miles away
Saltwater State Park, Washington , 30 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Little Nisqually River:
Tanwax Golf Course, Eatonville , 9 miles away
Classic Golf Club, Spanaway , 16 miles away
Lipoma Firs Golf Course, Puyallup , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Little Nisqually River
Duck Lake, Lewis , 4 miles away
Silver Lake, Pierce , 8 miles away
Rapjohn Lake, Pierce , 8 miles away

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