Skookumchuck River

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Skookumchuck River
Skookumchuck River in Bucoda, WA
Country United States
State Washington
County Lewis, Thurston
 - coordinates 46°42′28″N 122°26′41″W / 46.70778°N 122.44472°W / 46.70778; -122.44472 [1]
 - coordinates 46°43′10″N 122°58′55″W / 46.71944°N 122.98194°W / 46.71944; -122.98194Coordinates: 46°43′10″N 122°58′55″W / 46.71944°N 122.98194°W / 46.71944; -122.98194 [1]
Length 45 mi (72 km) [2]
Basin 181 sq mi (469 km2) [3]
Discharge for river mile 6.4 near Bucoda
 - average 1,972 cu ft/s (55.8 m3/s) [4]
 - max 8,560 cu ft/s (242.4 m3/s)
 - min 40 cu ft/s (1.1 m3/s)
Location of the mouth of the Skookumchuck River in Washington

The Skookumchuck River is a 45-mile (72 km) long[2] river located in southwest Washington, United States. It is a tributary of the Chehalis River and thence to the Pacific Ocean. The Skookumchuck Dam was built in 1970, creating the Skookumchuck Reservoir. The dam provides water supply for the 1400-megawatt Centralia Steam Electric Plant and supplements flows for fish resources. The river begins with several tributaries in the Snoqualmie National Forest in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, and flows west past the town of Bucoda, Washington to its confluence with the Chehalis River near Centralia, Washington.

The name of the river derives from Chinook Jargon: In this context, "rapids". The word skookum means "strong", and chuck means "water".[5]

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  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Skookumchuck River
  2. ^ a b "Skookumchuck River". The Columbia Gazetteer of North America. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  3. ^ "Chehalis River Basin Nonpoint Action Plan - Skookumchuck River". Chehalis River Council Nonpoint Action Plan - Skookumchuck River. Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  4. ^ "Water Resources Data-Washington Water Year 2005; Chehalis and Humptulips River Basins; 12026400 Skookumchuck River near Bucoda, WA" (PDF). United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  5. ^ Majors, Harry M. (1975). Exploring Washington. Van Winkle Publishing Co. p. 120. ISBN 978-0-918664-00-6. 

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