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Washington whitewater, Nisqually River

Thurston county, Mashel River to Mckenna section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     14 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Washington and the playfulness of the water beats anything. The starting location is a short drive from Centralia, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Washington are often more challenging than in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners.
    This section of Nisqually River is 14 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II section. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because
these hotels fill up quick. If you hurry you can run this stretch in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so pack your sleeping bag. The river winds through the Northern Cascade Range and you get great scenery. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good places. This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others too. A bit of exercise and just being out on the river  
for a while are great reasons to come. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
There are plenty of people from Roy here at Nisqually River. Through the summertime months at Nisqually River temperatures are mostly in the 70's. Throughout the moonlight hours it's typically in the 50's. During the winter the highs are commonly in the 40's while the cold winter nights at Nisqually River are in the 30's. Nisqually River sees pretty high levels of precipitation. The wettest month of the year is frequently December, that's the one that rains the most, and July is when it's the driest.

Nisqually River, Mashel River to Mckenna 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 Nisqually River.
 Whitewater Near Nisqually River:
Deschutes River, Thurston County, 8 miles away
      Class II - 9.3 miles long (Vail Loop Road to Military Road)
Nisqually River, Thurston County, 8 miles away
      Class II - 14 miles long (Mashel River to Mckenna)
Nisqually River, Thurston County, 8 miles away
      Class III - 7 miles long (McKenna to Yelm Hydro Plant)
Whitewater Outfitter - McFarland Rafting, Pierce County, 10 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Nisqually River, -blank- County, 11 miles away
      Class V - 1.9 miles long (La Grande Reservoir to Mashel River)
Little Nisqually River, Lewis County, 12 miles away
      Class IV+ - 5.7 miles long (Winston Creek to Alder Lake)
Tilton River - North Fork, -blank- County, 13 miles away
      Class IV - 2.5 miles long (above Tilton confluence)
Mashel River, Pierce County, 14 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7.5 miles long (Eatonville to Nisqually River confluence)
Tilton River, Lewis County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV - 11 miles long (Bremer to Ike Kinswa State Park)
Puyallup River, Pierce County, 18 miles away
      Class II - 9 miles long (Kapowsin Road Bridge to Highway 162)
 Ski Areas Near Nisqually River:
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 67 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
White Pass, Washington , 74 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Alpental, Washington , 75 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 75 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 88 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 89 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 89 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Hurricane Ridge Ski Lodge, Washington , 90 miles away, 800 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 91 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 91 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
 Marinas Near Nisqually River:
Delin Docks, Tacoma , 17 miles away
Dock Street Marina, Tacoma , 17 miles away
Petrich Marine Dock, Tacoma , 17 miles away
Foss Harbor Marina, Tacoma , 17 miles away
Day Island Yacht Harbor, Tacoma , 18 miles away
 Beaches Near Nisqually River:
Caledonia Beach, Pierce , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Nisqually River:
Prairie Hotel, Yelm , 11 miles away
TownePlace Suites Tacoma Lakewood, Lakewood , 13 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites TACOMA SOUTH - LAKEWOOD, Lakewood , 13 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Seattle Tacoma Near JBLM Base, Lakewood , 13 miles away
Candlewood Suites LAKEWOOD, Lakewood , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Nisqually River:
Rainier Villa Mobile Park and RV, Spanaway, 9 miles away
Alder Lake - Elk Plain - Tacoma Power, La Grande, 10 miles away
Alder Lake - Osprey - Tacoma Power, La Grande, 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Nisqually River:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 33 miles away
Ike Kinswa State Park, Washington , 15 miles away
Dash Point State Park, Washington , 20 miles away
Eagle Island State Park, Washington , 22 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Nisqually River:
Tanwax Golf Course, Eatonville , 6 miles away
Classic Golf Club, Spanaway , 10 miles away
Lake Spanaway Golf Course, Spanaway , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Nisqually River
Harts Lake, Pierce , 2 miles away
Silver Lake, Pierce , 6 miles away
Rapjohn Lake, Pierce , 7 miles away

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