Deschutes River (Washington)

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Coordinates: 47°1′6″N 122°54′13″W / 47.01833°N 122.90361°W / 47.01833; -122.90361
Deschutes River
Tumwater Falls.jpg
Tumwater Falls of the Deschutes River, Tumwater, Washington.
Country United States
State Washington
County Thurston, Lewis
Source Cascade Range
 - coordinates 46°41′0″N 122°26′17″W / 46.68333°N 122.43806°W / 46.68333; -122.43806 [1]
Mouth Puget Sound
 - coordinates 47°1′6″N 122°54′13″W / 47.01833°N 122.90361°W / 47.01833; -122.90361 [1]
Length 50 mi (80 km)
Basin 162 sq mi (420 km2) [2]
Discharge for river mile 2.4 at Tumwater
 - average 396 cu ft/s (11.2 m3/s) [2]
 - max 8,150 cu ft/s (230.8 m3/s)
 - min 48 cu ft/s (1.4 m3/s)
Location of the mouth of the Deschutes River in Washington

The Deschutes River is a 50-mile (80 km)-long river in Washington, United States. Its source is in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Lewis County, and it empties into Budd Inlet of Puget Sound at Olympia in Thurston County. It was given its name by French fur traders, who called it Rivière des Chutes, or "River of the Falls."

It is famous for the brewery which was located there from 1896 until Prohibition. The Olympia Brewing Company bought the brewery after Prohibition ended in 1933. (Today it is owned by SABMiller, but is no longer operational.)

The river has numerous parks along it, including Pioneer Park and Tumwater Falls Park. A popular tubing stretch runs from Pioneer Park to Tumwater Falls.

A small tributary of the Deschutes River is Lake Lawrence, a 339-acre (1.37 km2) spring-fed residential and fishing lake approximately equidistant from the communities of Yelm to the northwest, and Rainier to the west.

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