Nisqually State Park Predesign

Park sign at Nisqually State Park entrance

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is taking steps to more fully develop Nisqually State Park. The planning phase includes a “predesign” report that considers several development alternatives with the primary focus on initial phases of development. The report must be submitted to the Office of Financial Management in 2019 before funding by the Legislature.

The foundation for the overall project was established when the original vision was described in the park master plan (2010). The plan states how Nisqually State Park is wonderfully positioned to provide outdoor recreation and environmental education to meet the demands of visitors from an expanding regional, statewide, national and even international population. The master plan has already resulted in the development of a modest parking lot, informational kiosk, and vault toilet in 2016.

The predesign report analyzes various alternatives for the construction of a new entrance where State Route 7 intersects the park, a 50-unit campground, a trail & overlook at the Mashel River, and access to the Nisqually River. It considers options for storm water management, stewardship of natural resources, installation of utilities, and placement of a new welcome center and maintenance facility. Finally, the predesign report addresses how to best align future phases of development with the current project.

Developing Alternatives


State Parks met with the Nisqually Tribe on June 20, 2019, and with park neighbors and stakeholders on June 25th to share design alternatives and seek input on development of a park entrance, a campground, an overlook of the Mashel River, and managed access to the Nisqually River. State Parks is considering the input we received, as well as public safety, natural and cultural resource protection, project costs, and park maintenance and operations issues as we develop a preliminary recommendation. Please review the documents below, and feel free to send us comments, questions, or suggestions using the “Provide Comment” link near the bottom of the page.

In the documents below you will find:   A PowerPoint presentation that shows background information and design alternatives, a wetland reconnaissance map, a list of proposed campground amenities, and a description of the various options being considered for managed access to the Nisqually River.

Update on the preferred alternatives

State Parks met with park neighbors and stakeholders on November 13, 2019 to review design alternatives and seek input on the preferred alternative. Below you will find a PowerPoint presentation outlining the three alternatives that were considered, along with the preferred alternative. Also below are comments that were received at the meeting. Please submit additional comments by November 30, 2019.

Developing Alternative Documents

If you have questions, please contact:

Nikki Fields, planner at (360) 902-8658 or
Brian Yearout, project manager at (360) 725-9763