Nisqually River Delta / McAlister Creek

Olympia, Washington

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The Nisqually Delta, one of the richest wildlife habitats in Puget Sound, is protected as the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. McAlister Creek and the Nisqually River—two major streams that created the delta—offer unique paddling experiences. More than 200 species of birds have been seen in the refuge, which also harbors numerous species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish, as well as such saltwater species as crabs, clams, and oysters—even seals. McAlister Creek, once known as Medicine Creek, was the site of early Native American treaties in western Washington.

Nisqually River Delta / McAlister Creek Professional Review and Guide

"The Nisqually Delta, one of the richest wildlife habitats in Puget Sound, is protected as the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. McAlister Creek and the Nisqually River—two major streams that created the delta—offer unique paddling experiences.

More than 200 species of birds have been seen in the refuge, which also harbors numerous species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish, as well as such saltwater species as crabs, clams, and oysters—even seals. McAlister Creek, once known as Medicine Creek, was the site of early Native American treaties in western Washington."

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Olympia
Distance: 8
Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Class: Class I-II
Season: Best: Year-round
Local Contacts: AquaTrek; Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge; Nisqually Reach Nature Center; Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website for Wildlife Areas and Access Points
Local Maps: USGS Nisqually, Anderson Island; NOAA charts 18440, 18445, 18448
Driving Directions: Directions to Nisqually River Delta / McAlister Creek

Recent Trail Reviews

2/27/2003
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Not listed on this site, but there is foot trail down at the Nisqually Delta Wildlife perserve. There are several offshoots of varying lengths, 1/4 mile max from the visitor center. Shorter trails and visitor center excellent for a family outing with small children. But Main trail around the preserve and next to Mcalister creek is about 5 miles. Well worth it. Well maintained gravel trail. Lots of wildlife. Bird Bunkers provide shelter for visitors to observe the birds in their natural environment without disturbing the birds' daily patterns. Huge lookout tower affords a fantastic 180 degree view of the delta as it joins the south end of the puget sound. Look across the water to see sail boats, bald eagles and the tacoma narrows bridge. Binoculars a must! Main gravel trail nice and flat, boots or good tennis shoes. Really a lovely trail. No bikes or dogs though.



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