Coweeman River

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Coweeman River
Coweeman River is located in Washington (state)
Coweeman River
Location of the mouth of Coweeman River in Washington
CountryUnited States
Physical characteristics
SourceCoweeman Lake
 ⁃ coordinates46°08′27″N 122°27′17″W / 46.14083°N 122.45472°W / 46.14083; -122.45472[1]
 ⁃ elevation3,965 ft (1,209 m)[2]
MouthColumbia River
 ⁃ location
near Kelso
 ⁃ coordinates
46°06′26″N 122°53′22″W / 46.10722°N 122.88944°W / 46.10722; -122.88944Coordinates: 46°06′26″N 122°53′22″W / 46.10722°N 122.88944°W / 46.10722; -122.88944[1]
 ⁃ elevation
23 ft (7.0 m)[1]
Length36.3 mi (58.4 km)[3]
Basin size200 sq mi (520 km2)[4]

The Coweeman River is a tributary of the Cowlitz River, in the South West corner of the U.S. state of Washington. Its name comes from the Cowlitz word ko-wee-na, meaning "short one", referring to a short Indian who once lived along the river.[1]


The Coweeman River originates in Coweeman Lake and flows west for 36 miles (58 km) to join the Cowlitz River near the confluence of the Cowlitz and Columbia River at Kelso.[3] Just below the mouth of its first named tributary, Butler Creek, the river drops over Washboard Falls.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Coweeman River". Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). United States Geological Survey. September 10, 1979. Retrieved January 20, 2013.
  2. ^ Source elevation derived from Google Earth search using GNIS source coordinates.
  3. ^ a b c United States Geological Survey. "United States Topographic Map". TopoQuest. Retrieved January 26, 2013. River miles are marked and numbered on the relevant map quadrangles.
  4. ^ "Lower Columbia Salmon and Steelhead Recovery and Subbasin Plan: 9 Cowlitz Subbasin, Coweeman" (PDF). Northwest Power and Conservation Council. 2004. Retrieved January 26, 2013.