Klickitat River

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Klickitat River
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The Klickitat River outside Lyle, Washington
Country United States
State Washington
County Klickitat County, Yakima County
 - location Cascade Range, Yakima County, Washington
 - elevation 6,440 ft (1,963 m) [1]
 - coordinates 46°29′13″N 121°25′16″W / 46.48694°N 121.42111°W / 46.48694; -121.42111 [2]
Mouth Columbia River
 - location Lyle, Washington
 - elevation 80 ft (24 m) [3]
 - coordinates 45°41′47″N 121°17′29″W / 45.69639°N 121.29139°W / 45.69639; -121.29139Coordinates: 45°41′47″N 121°17′29″W / 45.69639°N 121.29139°W / 45.69639; -121.29139 [2]
Length 95.8 mi (154 km)
Basin 1,350 sq mi (3,496 km2) [4]
Discharge for Lyle, at mouth
 - average 1,572 cu ft/s (45 m3/s) [5]
 - max 51,000 cu ft/s (1,444 m3/s)
 - min 412 cu ft/s (12 m3/s)
Mouth of the Klickitat River in Washington

The Klickitat River is a tributary of the Columbia River, nearly 96 miles (154 km) long, in south-central Washington in the United States. It drains a rugged plateau area on the eastern side of the Cascade Range northeast of Portland, Oregon. In 1986, 10 miles (16 km) of the river were designated Wild and Scenic from the confluence with Wheeler Creek, near the town of Pitt, to the confluence with the Columbia River.[6]


The Klickitat River rises in the high Cascades near Gilbert Peak, in northwestern Yakima County, in a remote corner of the Yakama Indian Reservation. It flows southeast, then generally south across the Lincoln Plateau. It enters northern Klickitat County, and meanders south through steep canyons. It enters the Columbia from the north at Lyle, approximately 10 miles (16 km) north-northwest of The Dalles, Oregon. State Route 142 follows the lower 15 miles (24 km) of the river. The river is bridged by State Route 14 at its mouth.


The Klickitat Trail follows the river on an abandoned railroad grade from near Goldendale, Washington to the Columbia River just west of The Dalles, Oregon, nearly 30 miles (48 km).

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  1. ^ Source elevation derived from Google Earth search using GNIS source coordinates.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Klickitat River
  3. ^ Mouth elevation derived from Google Earth search using GNIS mouth coordinates.
  4. ^ Klickitat Subbasin Plan, Northwest Power and Conservation Council
  5. ^ Water Resources Data-Washington Water Year 2005, USGS
  6. ^ Wild and Scenic Klickitat River - National Wild and Scenic Rivers System

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