Below Tumalo Falls
|Name origin: Perhaps from the Klamath word for wild plum |
|Source||confluence of Middle and North forks of Tumalo Creek|
|- location||Deschutes National Forest near Mount Bachelor, Cascade Range|
|- elevation||5,597 ft (1,706 m) |
|- location||north of Bend, upstream of Tumalo State Park|
|- elevation||3,245 ft (989 m) |
|Length||20 mi (32.2 km) |
|Basin||59 sq mi (153 km2) |
|- average||75 cu ft/s (2 m3/s) |
|- max||250 cu ft/s (7 m3/s)|
Tumalo Creek is a tributary, about 20 miles (32 km) long, of the Deschutes River, located in Deschutes County in Central Oregon, United States. It rises in the Cascade Range at , where Middle Fork Tumalo Creek and North Fork Tumalo Creek meet, and forms several waterfalls, including the 97-foot (30 m) Tumalo Falls. Its mouth is on the Deschutes at .
It is home to several species of trout, including the Columbia River redband trout. It is the primary drinking water source for the city of Bend. The lower reaches of the creek are often emptied for irrigation, drained by a tunnel flume at and Tumalo Canal at .
The 1979 Bridge Creek Fire and related salvage logging increased erosion and damaged habitats in and near Tumalo Creek. Since 2003, a network of government agencies and volunteer groups have been working to restore fish and wildlife habitat along a 3-mile (5 km) stretch of the stream.
- McArthur, Lewis A.; Lewis L. McArthur (2003) . Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 973. ISBN 0-87595-277-1.
- Source elevation derived from Google Earth search using GNIS source coordinates.
- "Tumalo Creek". Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved April 30, 2012.
- Sheehan, Madelynne Diness (2005). Fishing in Oregon (10th ed.). Scappoose, Oregon: Flying Pencil Publications. p. 249. ISBN 0-916473-15-5.
- United States Forest Service. "Tumalo Creek Bridge to Bridge Restoration Environmental Assessment". University of Oregon. p. 4. Retrieved April 30, 2012.
- "Tumalo Creek". Deschutes River Conservancy. Retrieved April 30, 2012.
- Lindsey, Ethan (June 10, 2009). "Bend considers building a hydroelectric project on Tumalo Creek". OPB News (Portland, Oregon). Retrieved August 28, 2011.
- "Tumalo Creek Restoration Project". Upper Deschutes Watershed Council. Retrieved April 30, 2012.
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