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|Origin||near Pseudomys Hill|
|Length||141 kilometres (88 mi)|
|Source elevation||319 metres (1,047 ft)|
|Mouth elevation||sea level|
The river was named in 1884 by Staff Commander J.E. Coghlan while conducting hydrographic surveys in the area. The river is named after John Forrest who was Surveyor General at the time and later became Premier of Western Australia.
- Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of river names". Retrieved 4 September 2011.
- "Bonzle Digital Atlas – Map of Forrest River". 2009. Retrieved 19 February 2009.
- "AusAnthrop Australian Aboriginal tribal database". 2009. Retrieved 11 March 2009.
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