Nisqually River Cleanup

The Washington Kayak Club, Washington Recreational River Runners and Paddle Trail Canoe Club are co-sponsoring the first organized cleanup of the Nisqually River on April 21, 2018. The purpose of this Event is to heighten awareness and appreciation of the Nisqually River, foster stewardship of the river, and promote the Nisqually River Water Trail Plan and Recommendations. This Plan was recently adopted by the Nisqually River Council after a nearly two-year planning process, funded by the National Park Service. One of the Plan’s recommendations is to host a river cleanup in 2018 to remove trash and other debris and promote a more healthy and beautiful river corridor.

This Event would not be possible but for the support of the Nisqually River Council and numerous other partners, including American Whitewater, Thurston County Public Works, LeMay Pacific Disposal, the City of Centralia, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. We also want to thank American Rivers for the technical support available on its website.

There is relatively little shore access to the Nisqually River requiring that the cleanup be conducted while boating the river.

We will be cleaning up two sections of the Nisqually River: 1.) McKenna Park to Nisqually Park (aka Yelm Hydro Plant) which is 9 miles of Class II-III water; and 2.) Nisqually Park to the 6th Avenue SE WDFW Water Access Site, involving 7 miles of Class I-II water. If we can recruit volunteers with the skill, experience, and watercraft needed to safely navigate the Nisqually Delta and Reach, we will also clean up the river as it flows through the Billy Frank Jr., Nisqually Wildlife Refuge. This is considered an SK III.

To learn more about the Nisqually River Cleanup and register for this Event, please go to To register use this link:

Cleanup Sign-up

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