Wallace River

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Wallace River
Country United States
State Washington
County Snohomish County
Source North Cascades
Mouth Skykomish River
 - location Sultan
 - coordinates 47°51′33″N 121°47′51″W / 47.85917°N 121.79750°W / 47.85917; -121.79750Coordinates: 47°51′33″N 121°47′51″W / 47.85917°N 121.79750°W / 47.85917; -121.79750 [1]
Length 15 mi (24 km) [2]
Basin 30 sq mi (78 km2) [3]

The Wallace River is a medium-sized river in Washington, United States. It is a tributary of the Skykomish River and joins near Sultan, just upstream from the mouth of the Sultan River. The Wallace River is 15 miles (24 km) long.[2] Its drainage basin is 30 square miles (78 km2) in area.[3]


The main and north forks of the Wallace River merging.

The Wallace River begins at the divide between it and Salmon Creek. It flows west from here until it enters Wallace Falls State Park, where it flows southwest and drops over three large waterfalls, receives the North Fork Wallace River just below the final falls, before going in a westward direction again. It receives three large tributaries in short order before passing under the Stevens Pass Highway, Olney Creek, May Creek and Bear Creek. After flowing under the highway, it continues west until it reaches its confluence with the Skykomish. The North Fork Wallace River begins in Shaw Lake and flows south, passing through two more lakes, Jay Lake and Wallace Lake, before merging with the main fork just below the bottom of the three large waterfalls on the main fork. A trail leads to all three lakes.

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  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Wallace River
  2. ^ a b "National Hydrography Dataset". United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 4 September 2010.  ArcExplorer GIS data viewer.
  3. ^ a b "Watershed Boundary Dataset". USDA, NRCS, National Cartography & Geospatial Center. Retrieved 4 September 2010.  ArcExplorer GIS data viewer.