The City of Tumwater is located at the base of the Deschutes River, where the water cascades to its final destination at the southern tip of Puget Sound. The rugged Olympic Mountains rise in the distance and Mount Rainier seems close enough to touch on a clear day. By road we’re at the junction of Interstate 5 and Highway 101. Tumwater is the southern gateway to Puget Sound’s mega-metropolitan region spanning several counties from Thurston and Pierce to King and Snohomish, including the cities of Tacoma and Seattle. Together, Tumwater and the neighboring cities of Lacey and Olympia, the state capital, form a community just over 290,536 in population.