Planning for a successful river trip takes preparation. Here are a few resources to help you have fun, stay safe, and enjoy your trip. Please remember to leave the Nisqually River more beautiful than you found it, so that others can enjoy the water trail as much as you did.

  • Nisqually River Water Trail Maps:
  • For flow information, rapid descriptions, pictures and more, visit American Whitewater. Several sections of the Nisqually River are highlighted on the website, so be sure to research the reach(es) that you are considering floating.
  • The Washington Water Trails Association is a hub for information on other water trails around the area, including the Cascadia Marine Trail–a portion of which is located on Anderson Island. Learn more about nearby water trails, stewardship events, and ways to get involved.
  • Leave No Trace is based on 7 principles designed to reduce impacts while enjoying the outdoors. By practicing these principles, the Nisqually Watershed can remain a healthy and scenic area for all to enjoy.
  • Part of the Nisqually River Water Trail is on Puget Sound, as is impacted by tides and currents along with weather conditions. Be sure to check the current conditions; NOAA offers one such tidal chart.
  • Access sites that are managed by the state of Washington require a Discover Pass to park. Discover Passes are $30 annually, or $10 per day. They can be purchased online or in person at various locations.

The local communities also offer resources that can help you get the training and equipment needed to enjoy your float. While in the area, here are a few places to check out should you need anything:

  • REI Olympia sells boats, life jackets, first aid kits, and other equipment that can keep you safe, warm, dry and having fun. The store location also offers classes on occasion to prepare people for various outdoor adventures.
  • Camo Country Outdoors is a locally owned store in Eatonville, WA. The store sells outdoor equipment to meet a variety of needs