Deschutes River (Washington)
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Tumwater Falls of the Deschutes River, Tumwater, Washington.
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|Length||50 mi (80 km)|
|Basin||162 sq mi (420 km2) |
|Discharge||for river mile 2.4 at Tumwater|
|- average||396 cu ft/s (11.2 m3/s) |
|- max||8,150 cu ft/s (230.8 m3/s)|
|- min||48 cu ft/s (1.4 m3/s)|
The Deschutes River is a 50-mile (80 km)-long river in Washington, United States. Its source is in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Lewis County, and it empties into Budd Inlet of Puget Sound at Olympia in Thurston County. It was given its name by French fur traders, who called it Rivière des Chutes, or "River of the Falls," a translation of the First Nations name for the site. (The city of Tumwater, founded in the same location, takes its name from another translation for "waterfall", this one in Chinook Jargon.)
It is famous for the brewery which was located there from 1896 until Prohibition. The Olympia Brewing Company bought the brewery after Prohibition ended in 1933. (Today it is owned by SABMiller, but is no longer operational.)
A small tributary of the Deschutes River is Lake Lawrence, a 339-acre (1.37 km2) spring-fed residential and fishing lake approximately equidistant from the communities of Yelm to the northwest, and Rainier to the west.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Deschutes River
- "Water Resources Data-Washington Water Year 2005; Deschutes and Nisqually River Basins; 12080010 Deschutes River at E Street Bridge, at Tumwater, WA" (PDF). United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-06-01.
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