Chewuch River

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Chewuch River
Country United States
State Washington
Region Okanogan County
Source Confluence of Remmell and Cathedral Creeks
 - elevation 5,590 ft (1,704 m) [1]
 - coordinates 48°56′45″N 120°9′39″W / 48.94583°N 120.16083°W / 48.94583; -120.16083 [2]
Mouth Methow River
 - elevation 1,750 ft (533 m) [1]
 - coordinates 48°28′35″N 120°11′0″W / 48.47639°N 120.18333°W / 48.47639; -120.18333Coordinates: 48°28′35″N 120°11′0″W / 48.47639°N 120.18333°W / 48.47639; -120.18333 [2]
Length 45 mi (72 km) [2]
Basin 525 sq mi (1,360 km2) [3]
 - average 370 cu ft/s (10 m3/s)
 - max 6,010 cu ft/s (170 m3/s)
 - min 20 cu ft/s (1 m3/s)

The Chewuch River is a river in the U.S. state of Washington.

Its name comes from the word /cwáx/ [čwáx] in the Columbia-Moses language meaning "creek".[4]

The river valley was also the site of the Thirty Mile Fire which killed four fire fighters in July 2001.[5]


The Chewuch River originates in the Cascade Range northeast of Remmel Mountain at the junction of Remmel Creek and Cathedral Creek. It flows generally south to join the Methow River at Winthrop. The Methow empties into the Columbia River. Tributaries of the Chewuch River include Andrews Creek, Lake Creek, Eightmile Creek, and Cub Creek.[3]

Just below the mouth of Meadow Creek, the river cascades about 30 feet over Chewuch Falls.

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  1. ^ a b Calculated via Google Earth
  2. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Chewuch River
  3. ^ a b Washington Water Year 2005, USGS Water Resources Data
  4. ^ Bright, William (2004). Native American placenames of the United States. University of Oklahoma Press. p. 95. ISBN 978-0-8061-3598-4. Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Thirtymile Fire Investigation" (PDF). United States Forest Service. Retrieved 2012-09-23.