Pipers Creek (Seattle)

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Pipers Creek in Carkeek Park
A salmon that died after spawning in Pipers Creek in November 2013
Map of Pipers Creek in relation to north Seattle

Pipers Creek is a 1.4-mile (2.3 km)[1] urban stream that is located in the Broadview and Blue Ridge neighborhoods of Seattle, Washington, in the United States of America.

Course and features[edit]

The entire length of the creek is within the boundaries of Carkeek Park; and its [river mouth|mouth]] is at Puget Sound.

Its tributaries are Venema Creek and Mohlendorph Creek. The creek was renamed "Piper's" by white settler A. W. Piper, but now apostrophe is often left out. The Duwamish tribe called the creek "Dropped Down" (Lushootseed: qWátub).[2]

Daylighted Mohlendorph Creek is mostly within the boundaries of Carkeek Park. It receives Venema Creek and empties into Pipers Creek near the mouth on Puget Sound.

Most of daylighted Venema Creek is within Carkeek Park. It empties into Mohlendorph Creek, just west of the Carkeek Park Environmental Education Center.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Pipers Creek (Seattle)
  2. ^ Thrush, Coll (2007). Native Seattle: Histories from the Crossing-Over Place. University of Washington Press. p. 222. ISBN 0-295-98700-6. 


  • "Carkeek Park". Seattle Parks and Recreation. 2006-08-08. Retrieved 2006-08-21. 
  • Sherwood, Don (2003-06-20). "Carkeek Park" (PDF). PARK HISTORY: Sherwood History Files. Seattle Parks and Recreation. Retrieved 2006-04-21. 

Further reading[edit]

Coordinates: 47°42′42″N 122°22′48″W / 47.71167°N 122.38000°W / 47.71167; -122.38000