Nisqually River

The Nisqually River flows from Mt. Rainier National Park through beautiful Thurston County, providing an unforgettable paddling experience. Thick forest and abundant wildlife serve as the backdrop to this trip. The Nisqually River is raftable for most of the year but spring through early fall is the preferable time as the weather is warmer.

The Nisqually River is not only a gorgeous white water playground, but it is also a historic river with Native American roots.  The Nisqually River is the traditional territorial center of the Nisqually tribe that shares its name, however through treaties the tribe was moved numerous times from their home. In the 70’s the Nisqually and Pullalup tribes fought to fish in the river again, which lead to the historic 1974 Boldt Decision that granted all native tribes in Washington state the right to 50% of the fish within their traditional territories.

  • Located on Private/Public Land

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