Little Mashel River

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Coordinates: 46°47′34″N 122°08′52″W / 46.79278°N 122.14778°W / 46.79278; -122.14778
Little Mashel River
Country United States
State Washington
County Pierce County
City Eatonville, Washington
Source An unnamed lake
 - location Cascade Range, Pierce County, Washington
 - elevation 2,830 ft (863 m) [1]
 - coordinates 46°47′34″N 122°8′52″W / 46.79278°N 122.14778°W / 46.79278; -122.14778
Mouth Mashel River
 - location Near Eatonville, Washington, Pierce County
 - elevation 710 ft (216 m) [2]
 - coordinates 46°47′34″N 122°08′52″W / 46.79278°N 122.14778°W / 46.79278; -122.14778

The Little Mashel River is a river in Pierce County, Washington. It is a tributary of the Mashel River, and enters the Mashel just 380 feet (116 m) downstream from the Eatonville, Washington city limits. It is noted for its canyon and the three waterfalls.


The Little Mashel begins in a small, unnamed lake located about 7.6 miles (12 km) southeast of Eatonville, Washington. Upon exiting the lake, the river, very small at this point, flows northeast for about .3 miles (483 m) before turning northwest for about 5.7 miles (9 km), merging with South Fork Little Mashel River about 4.9 miles (8 km) along the way. There, the river briefly turns southwest, picks up the waters of its only named tributary, Midway Creek, and then turns northwest again. It flows that way for another 1.2 miles (2 km) or so until its confluence with the Mashel. A short canyon that sees the river drop over three large, often visited waterfalls lies about .6 miles (966 m) above its mouth.

South Fork[edit]

The South Fork Little Mashel River begins about 1 mile (1,609 m) west of the lake the main fork begins in and flows northwest for about 4.1 miles (7 km) until it merges with the main fork of the Little Mashel not far upstream from where Midway Creek meets the Little Mashel.

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  1. ^ Source elevation derived from Google Earth.
  2. ^ Mouth elevation derived from Google Earth.

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