Dungeness River

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Dungeness River
Dungeness River - Olympic National Forest - October 2017.jpg
Dungeness River is located in Washington (state)
Dungeness River
Location of the mouth of the Dungeness River in Washington
CountryUnited States
CountyClallam, Jefferson
Physical characteristics
SourceOlympic Mountains
 • coordinates47°48′19″N 123°10′0″W / 47.80528°N 123.16667°W / 47.80528; -123.16667[1]
MouthStrait of Juan de Fuca
 • coordinates
48°9′3″N 123°8′8″W / 48.15083°N 123.13556°W / 48.15083; -123.13556Coordinates: 48°9′3″N 123°8′8″W / 48.15083°N 123.13556°W / 48.15083; -123.13556[1]
Length28 mi (45 km)[1]

The Dungeness River is a 28-mile (45 km) long[1] river located in the Olympic Peninsula in the U.S. state of Washington. It rises near Mount Constance in the Olympic Mountains within the Olympic National Park, flows through the Buckhorn Wilderness, passes by the town of Sequim, and empties into the Strait of Juan de Fuca at Dungeness Bay, behind the Dungeness Spit.[2] One of its main tributaries is the Gray Wolf River. It is crossed by the Dungeness River Bridge.

The river was named for Dungeness Spit. The name "Dungeness" refers to the Dungeness headland in England. It was given by George Vancouver in 1792, who wrote: The low sandy point of land, which from its great resemblance to Dungeness in the British Channel, I called New Dungeness.[3]

Scarborough Island is a small eyot (river island) in the Dungeness River, in Sequim, Washington. About one acre square, it is located near Dungeness Meadows and can be seen from the Dungeness River Dike.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b c d U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Dungeness River
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Dungeness Bay
  3. ^ Phillips, James W. (1971). Washington State Place Names. University of Washington Press. ISBN 0-295-95158-3.