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Northwest Adventure Center (Lewis North) - Joint Base Lewis McChord

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Northwest Adventure Center in Tacoma, Washington State
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Geographical Address

Duty Station (or best approximation)
Public Address
8050 Nco Beach Rd, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA 98433, United States

Contact Info

+1(253)967-7744 | +1(253)967-6263 | Base Operator: +1 (253) 967-1110
Operating Hours
Monday 9:00am-5:30pm Tuesday 9:00am-5:30pm Wednesday Closed Thursday 9:00am-5:30pm Friday 9:00am-5:30pm Saturday 9:00am-5:30pm Sunday Closed
If you love being outdoors and active, the Northwest Adventure Center can help make it happen for you! Sign up for trips and tours, and check out the retail and rental store.

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Retail and Rental Store

Our retail store carries everything you need for a wonderful day skiing, fishing, or camping. We have a great selection of equipment rentals for skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, camping, hiking, and barbecuing and also have gun sales.

Adventure Programs

Seasonal adventure trips include sea kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, fishing, bungee jumping, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and many more. Choose from trips on the monthly adventure calendar, or schedule a private trip with Family and friends or for your unit or FRG. Read more about adventures trips.

SCUBA Program

Escape gravity with specialty diving classes through the only five-star PADI-certified SCUBA shop in the military. Classes include the basic open water, advance, rescue, the master diver, divemaster, and dive instructor. Safety is a top priority, and divers with medical problems, such as high blood pressure, must have their doctor’s approval and be medically cleared.

Equipment Rental Policy

See the new Equipment Rental page here.

Rent equipment online! (desktop computer link)

Equipment Rental Periods The equipment is offered based on availability and at the discretion of the manager. Daily Rate Monday through Friday equipment items can be picked up from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the date reserved for. All equipment must be returned by 2 p.m. on the due date. Items returned after that time on the same day will be charged an additional $25. Items returned after their due date will be charged the daily rate plus the $25 late fee per day.

Weekend Rate Applies to items rented over a weekend (i.e. the weekend rates are from noon Friday to 11 a.m. on Monday, no exceptions). Any additional days will be added to a weekend rate. Example: Item picked up Thursday at noon and returned Tuesday at 11 a.m. This item would be charged a weekend plus two days.

Reservations Travel trailers, boats, grills, and utility trailers can be reserved up to 30 days in advance. All other items are checked out on a first-come, first served basis.

Reservation Cancelations Customers are required to pay for 100% of the rental at the time of reservation. Cancelations made within 7 calendar days will not receive a refund. Cancelations made outside 7 calendar days will receive a full refund.

Rental Equipment Damages and Delinquencies The user is responsible for full restitution of value of any equipment lost, damaged or stolen. If you cannot return the items on schedule, contact our office to explain the situation; this may prevent additional charges. All items issued will be checked upon return.

Inspect Each Item Checked Out Before Leaving the Facility Please take proper steps to inspect all equipment before you check it out and notify a staff member of any obvious damages or lack of cleanliness; this may prevent additional charges. If no problem is noted on the receipt, it will be assumed the equipment is issued in good, clean, damage-free condition. Damage or loss of any items will be charged to the user for the cost to repair or replace the item in accordance with base regulations.

Rental policy • Renter agrees to return the equipment in the same condition as it was issued. Renter is responsible for any lost or damaged equipment. • Early returns will not be credited. • Does not include loading and unloading, tie-down straps or rope. • Fuel (gasoline, propane, charcoal, etc.) must be full upon return. • Late equipment will be charged the normal daily rate until returned. • Rentals must be returned before 5 p.m.

Camping trailers In addition to the general policy, the following applies: • Please ensure towing requirements are met, improper towing setups may result in loss of reservations.

Refunds Refunds will be issued only by approval of the Director of Outdoor Recreation. Other than special circumstances (i.e. medical emergency, deployment or other military job-related tasking), absolutely no refunds will be issued. The proper official documentation is required for special circumstances.

Eligible Patrons Eligible patrons include active duty military, Department of Defense civilian employees, U.S. military Retirees and members of the Armed Forces Reserve (18 years or older). Family Members of the above groups, 18 years or older with a military/government ID card are also eligible.

Water Equipment

Rent equipment online! (desktop computer link)


Boat Requirements • Visit boatus.org/washington. • Print or show digital copy of certificate at time of reservation. • Completion of training will be annotated on household account for future reservations

Paddlecraft (Canoe, Kayak, SUP) Requirements • Visit boaterexam.com/paddling. • Complete training. • Print or show digital copy of certificate at time of reservation. • Completion of training will be annotated on household account for future reservations.


See the new Equipment Rental page here

Rent equipment online! (desktop computer link)


Reservable Rental Items

See the new Equipment Rental page here

Rent equipment online! (desktop computer link)



Rent equipment online! (desktop computer link)


RV Storage Lots

Need to store your RV or boat? We have covered and uncovered storage spaces available to rent. Visit our RV Storage page for details.

FFL Transfers

FFL Firearms Transfer Form: email completed form to usarmy.jblm.imcom.list.dfmwr-skeet-and-trap-range@mail.mil. Questions? Call: +1(253)967-7056.

Washington state laws regarding the transfer of firearms have significantly changed.  The JBLM Outdoor Recreation Program is a federally licensed dealer but can no longer directly process NICS checks for handguns and semiautomatic assault rifles. Instead, ODR will submit NICS check requests to the county in which patrons reside. With this new law, you should expect a response on or about 10 days from the date your request is received (if your transaction is placed on a 30-day hold, your response will be delayed to on or about the 30th day). Further, the above additional background checks are now required on transfers of semiautomatic assault rifles, frames and receivers. Additionally, for transfers on semiautomatic rifles, proof of a safety course is now required.

Rock Wall

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