- For other uses, see Nespelem (disambiguation).
|- left||Little Nespelem River|
|- elevation||3,850 ft (1,173 m) |
|- elevation||961 ft (293 m) |
|Basin||224 sq mi (580 km2) |
The name "Nespelem" is said to come from the Indian word nesilim, meaning "flat land".
The Nespelem River originates in eastern Okanogan County and flows south. It collects several minor tributaries including Stepstone Creek, North Star Creek, and Armstrong Creek, before passing by the town of Nespelem, Washington, the headquarters of the Colville Indian Reservation.
Below the town, the Nespelem River turns west. The Little Nespelem River joins just before the river empties into the Columbia River. This reach of the Columbia River is several miles below Grand Coulee Dam and many miles above Chief Joseph Dam. The impounded Columbia River behind Chief Joseph Dam, into which the Nespelem River flows, is called Rufus Woods Lake.
- Google Earth elevation for GNIS coordinates.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Nespelem River, USGS, GNIS
- Lake Rufus Woods, Intermountain Province Plan, Northwest Power and Conservation Council
- Phillips, James W. (1971). Washington State Place Names. University of Washington Press. ISBN 0-295-95158-3.