Calawah River

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Coordinates: 47°55′58″N 124°26′51″W / 47.93278°N 124.44750°W / 47.93278; -124.44750
Calawah River
River
Country United States
State Washington
Region Clallam County
Tributaries
 - left South Fork Calawah River
 - right North Fork Calawah River
Source Olympic Mountains
 - location Olympic Peninsula
 - coordinates 47°58′14″N 124°20′03″W / 47.97056°N 124.33417°W / 47.97056; -124.33417
Mouth Bogachiel River
 - elevation 26 ft (8 m)
 - coordinates 47°55′58″N 124°26′51″W / 47.93278°N 124.44750°W / 47.93278; -124.44750
Length 31 mi (50 km)
Basin 160 sq mi (414 km2)
Discharge for USGS gage 12043000 at river mile 6.6, near Forks, WA
 - average 1,048 cu ft/s (30 m3/s) [1]
 - max 38,100 cu ft/s (1,079 m3/s)
 - min 15 cu ft/s (0 m3/s)

The Calawah River is a 31 mi (50 km)[2] tributary of the Bogachiel River in Clallam County in the U.S. state of Washington, on its Olympic Peninsula.[3] Its two major tributaries are the South and North Forks Calawah River.[4] The river drains an unpopulated portion of the low foothills of the Olympic Mountains; its entire watershed consists of virgin forest.[5] The river drains 129 square miles (330 km2) above U.S. Highway 101, which crosses the river about 6.6 miles (10.6 km) upstream of its mouth.[6]

The river's name comes from the Quileute word qàló?wa:, meaning "in between",[7] or "middle river".[8]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Water-Data Report 2008, 12043000 Calawah River near Forks, WA". USGS. Retrieved 5 August 2009. 
  2. ^ Physical characteristics of selected rivers draining the Olympic Peninsula, Washington.
  3. ^ Landes, Henry (1917). Bulletin. Washington Geological Survey, p. 88
  4. ^ "Calawah River". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 
  5. ^ Wood, Robert (2000). Olympic Mountains Trail Guide: National Park and National Forest. The Mountaineers Books. ISBN 0-89886-618-9, p. 310
  6. ^ "Calawah River Streamflow for Forks, Washington". National Water Information System. United States Geological Survey. Real-time. Retrieved 2009-07-27.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ Bright, William (2007). Native American placenames of the United States. University of Oklahoma Press. p. 76. ISBN 978-0-8061-3598-4. 
  8. ^ Parratt, Smitty (1984). Gods & goblins: A Field Guide to Place Names of Olympic National Park. CP Publications. p. 18. ISBN 0-914195-00-X.