Nisqually Reach Aquatic Reserve

The convergence of South Puget Sound waters, Nisqually Reach, and the Nisqually River forms a varied and highly productive network of brackish marshes, streamside habitats, and tidal flats. Along the coast, stretches of minimally disturbed beaches nestle below healthy bluffs overlooking the Reach. The Nisqually Reach Aquatic Reserve encompasses the full array of these biologically diverse uplands, wetlands, and adjacent openwater and deepwater habitats. A biological gem, the Reserve attracts multitudes of fish, marine mammals, and migrating, nesting, and foraging birds.

Nisqually Reach

The convergence of South Puget Sound waters, Nisqually Reach, and the Nisqually River forms a varied and highly productive network of brackish marshes, streamside habitats, and tidal flats. Along the coast, stretches of minimally disturbed beaches nestle below healthy bluffs overlooking the Reach. The Nisqually Reach Aquatic Reserve encompasses the full array of these biologically diverse uplands, wetlands, and adjacent openwater and deepwater habitats. A biological gem, the Reserve attracts multitudes of fish, marine mammals, and migrating, nesting, and foraging birds.

The Nisqually Reach Aquatic Reserve (NRAR) is a highly diverse, productive, and unique ecosystem located in the Nisqually Delta in southern Puget Sound. The NRAR encompasses approximately 14,826 acres of state-owned DNR managed tidelands and bedlands. Reserve Boundary: the shoreline boundary of Tolmie State Park to the outer boundary of the WDFW managed tidelands on the southwestern shoreline of McNeil Island; southeastward to the Fort Lewis shoreline south of the town of Steilacoom; southward (through Cormorant Passage) to the outer boundary of the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. The Reserve boundary parallels the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge boundary westward, paralleling the Thurston County shoreline, and then back to the southeastern shoreline boundary of Tolmie State Park. The entire shorelines of both Anderson and Ketron Islands are encompassed within the boundaries of the Reserve.

The Nisqually Reach Citizen Stewardship Committee formed to increase public participation in the Aquatic Reserve process and assist DNR’s Aquatic Reserve Program to successfully implement the Reserve’s management plan. The Committee conducts scientific monitoring projects, performs education and outreach activities, and keeps an eye out for actions in and around the Reserve that may impact the ecosystem.

The Nisqually Reach Citizen Stewardship Committee has many opportunities for volunteer involvement and wants YOU to get involved. For more information about volunteering or any of the opportunities below contact us.

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