Nisqually, Washington, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-III (for normal flows)|
|NISQUALLY RIVER AT MCKENNA, WA|
|usgs-12089500||900 - 3000 cfs||II-III||00h23m||1880 cfs (running)|
With its origin on the slopes of Mt. Rainier, this is a great little float along a Puget lowland river that has not been extensively developed. The first part of the run passes through some residential areas interspersed with patches of forest but as the run passes along the Fort Lewis Military Reservation mature forests border both sides of the river. Wildlife and birds can be seen along this section of the river. Most of the rapids are class II and there are several good boulder gardens that make ideal training areas for those who want to practice eddy turns. Although are some sections of flatwater the river moves along at a good pace and the rapids are fairly evenly distributed. A couple of the rapids push class III particularly as flows increase.
As you see the powerhouse on river left, continue just past it to the boat ramp on river left. Alternative take-outs are available downstream for those who want to continue their journey.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|-12.0||Military Tank Crossing Bridge||N/A|
An alternate access point downstream of the powerhouse.