Silver Creek (Marion County, Oregon)

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For other streams named Silver Creek in Oregon, see Silver Creek (Oregon).
Silver Creek
Silver Creek autumn - Oregon.jpg
Creek at Silver Falls State Park
Country United States
State Oregon
County Marion
 - location Cascade Range foothills, Marion County, Oregon
 - elevation 963 ft (294 m) [1]
 - coordinates 44°53′20″N 122°39′47″W / 44.88889°N 122.66306°W / 44.88889; -122.66306 [2]
Mouth Pudding River
 - location Silverton, Marion County, Oregon
 - elevation 157 ft (48 m) [2]
 - coordinates 45°00′01″N 122°50′27″W / 45.00028°N 122.84083°W / 45.00028; -122.84083Coordinates: 45°00′01″N 122°50′27″W / 45.00028°N 122.84083°W / 45.00028; -122.84083 [2]
Length 16 mi (26 km) [3]
Basin 54.4 sq mi (141 km2) [4]
Location of Silver Creek in Marion County, Oregon

Silver Creek is a stream, about 16 miles (26 km) long, in Marion County, Oregon, United States. It is a tributary of the Pudding River and originates in Silver Falls State Park in the Cascade foothills above the cities Silverton and Stayton.[3]


Silver Creek originates from two smaller tributaries at Silver Falls State Park. These creeks, named Lower Silver Creek and Upper Silver Creek, meet in the northwestern part of the park. From there the stream flows 9.5 miles (15.3 km) north-northwest through Silver Creek Canyon and into the Silverton Reservoir. It continues out of the canyon from that point for 2.5 miles (4.0 km) and through the city of Silverton, running parallel to Oregon State Highway 214 until it veers due west at North Water Street in Silverton. It runs for another 3.2 miles (5.1 km) to its confluence at the Pudding River to the west of Silverton.

See also[edit]

  • Oregon Garden, which was designed, in part, to divert Silverton's sewage effluent from the creek.


  1. ^ Source elevation derived from Google Earth search using GNIS source coordinates.
  2. ^ a b c "Silver Creek". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b United States Geological Survey. "United States Topographic Map". TopoQuest. Retrieved February 11, 2013.  River miles are marked and numbered on the relevant map quadrangles.
  4. ^ "Pudding Watershed Assessment: Introduction and Watershed Overview" (PDF). Pudding River Watershed Council. p. 14. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Marion Soil and Water Conservation District