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Washington whitewater, Nisqually River

Thurston county, McKenna to Yelm Hydro Plant section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III     7 miles
Hey guys! I am interested in kayaking from the Mckenna park all the way out to the Nisqually Reach in Puget Sound. Anyone interested? Email me rooster2410@hotmail.com I would like to go sometime this august but a little later is fine. The more the merrier. Says Brandon

Very bad log over a bad part of river past pines. Very dangerous. Says Brian Peterson

Hey, I have rafted the Nisqually river since I was about 13 years old
    (27 now). The thing you should know about the Nisqually is that it is like most rivers, every year there is something new and unexpected. There are a few notable obstacles and log jams that have stuck over the past ten years
or so. One of them is between McKenna and the Nisqually railroad trestle. It has been there as long as I can remember. But the river isn't too fast there and you should have plenty of time to get outta the way. The other problems are further down the river, the log jams that are past the Nisqually pines aren't too bad. Most of them are so far up on the river bank that only a few trees hang into the river ( not to say that there are none  
of them.) But the problem is that you raft right under the cliffs on FT. Lewis. They seem to like to throw cars off the cliffs and watch them hit the water.. Or this is a good way to dispose of stolen cars.. Because the water just churns and turns these cars into a spiky nightmare for the rafters and tubers of the Nisqually. I have yet to see one person go over the cars and not instantly blow there raft apart.. Just keep a good eye out for any colors that don't belong in the river. Sometimes its just a small corner hanging out of the river. Says Tim

I noticed you would like a little info on rafting the Nisqualy river. I raft the river alot every year and would say it is a very mild float. From Mckenna to the Nisqualy pines park in yelm is very mellow and there are no places to worry about. You can make this float with minimal knowledge in almost anything that floats. There are 3 small/fun rapids sections. Says Yelm-ite

I would like to know if anyone has been down this and can let me know of any log jams that are on the Mckenna-Hydro stretch that need to be avoided. Says Lori

Nisqually River, McKenna to Yelm Hydro Plant road map
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These outdoors activities are available near Nisqually River.
 Whitewater Near Nisqually River:
Nisqually River, Thurston County, 1 miles away
      Class III - 7 miles long (McKenna to Yelm Hydro Plant)
Deschutes River, Thurston County, 6 miles away
      Class II - 9.3 miles long (Vail Loop Road to Military Road)
Whitewater Outfitter - McFarland Rafting, Pierce County, 12 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Nisqually River, Thurston County, 17 miles away
      Class II - 14 miles long (Mashel River to Mckenna)
Nisqually River, -blank- County, 19 miles away
      Class V - 1.9 miles long (La Grande Reservoir to Mashel River)
Tilton River - North Fork, -blank- County, 20 miles away
      Class IV - 2.5 miles long (above Tilton confluence)
Tilton River, Lewis County, 20 miles away
      Class III-IV - 11 miles long (Bremer to Ike Kinswa State Park)
Little Nisqually River, Lewis County, 21 miles away
      Class IV+ - 5.7 miles long (Winston Creek to Alder Lake)
Cowlitz River, Lewis County, 21 miles away
      Class I-II - 10 miles long (salmon hatchery to Blue Creek access)
Mashel River, Pierce County, 23 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7.5 miles long (Eatonville to Nisqually River confluence)
 Ski Areas Near Nisqually River:
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 75 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Hurricane Ridge Ski Lodge, Washington , 82 miles away, 800 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Alpental, Washington , 82 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 82 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
White Pass, Washington , 83 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 95 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 96 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 97 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 98 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 99 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
 Marinas Near Nisqually River:
Day Island Yacht Harbor, Tacoma , 14 miles away
Delin Docks, Tacoma , 17 miles away
Dock Street Marina, Tacoma , 17 miles away
Foss Harbor Marina, Tacoma , 17 miles away
Breakwater Marina, Tacoma , 17 miles away
 Beaches Near Nisqually River:
Caledonia Beach, Pierce , 19 miles away
Northilla Beach, King , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Nisqually River:
Prairie Hotel, Yelm , 2 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites DuPont, DuPont , 8 miles away
Home2 Suites By Hilton DuPont, DuPont , 8 miles away
Best Western Liberty Inn DuPont, DuPont , 8 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Tacoma DuPont, DuPont , 8 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Nisqually River:
Fort Lewis Travel Camp, Tacoma, 7 miles away
Camp Murray Beach, Tacoma, 8 miles away
Holiday Park FamCamp, Tacoma, 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Nisqually River:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 42 miles away
Eagle Island State Park, Washington , 14 miles away
Tolmie State Park, Washington , 17 miles away
Ike Kinswa State Park, Washington , 17 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Nisqually River:
Nisqually Valley Golf Course, Yelm , 3 miles away
Va Golf Course, Tacoma , 9 miles away
Whispering Firs Golf Course, Mcchord Afb , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Nisqually River
Harts Lake, Pierce , 7 miles away
American Lake, Pierce , 8 miles away
Chambers Creek Reservoir, Pierce , 11 miles away

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