Willow Creek (Deschutes River)

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Willow Creek
Country United States
State Oregon
Counties Crook, Jefferson
Source Ochoco Mountains
 - location Ochoco National Forest, Crook County
 - elevation 4,415 ft (1,346 m) [1]
 - coordinates 44°30′28″N 120°48′29″W / 44.50778°N 120.80806°W / 44.50778; -120.80806 [2]
Mouth Deschutes River
 - location Lake Simtustus, Jefferson County
 - elevation 1,591 ft (485 m) [2]
 - coordinates 44°40′18″N 121°13′41″W / 44.67167°N 121.22806°W / 44.67167; -121.22806Coordinates: 44°40′18″N 121°13′41″W / 44.67167°N 121.22806°W / 44.67167; -121.22806 [2]
Length 26 mi (42 km) [3]
Basin 181 sq mi (468.8 km2) [3]
Location of the mouth of Willow Creek in Oregon

Willow Creek is a tributary, about 26 miles (42 km) long, of the Deschutes River in central Oregon in the United States.[3] Arising near Foley Butte in the western Ochoco Mountains in Crook County, it flows generally northwest into Jefferson County and through the Crooked River National Grassland. The creek continues through the city of Madras and becomes the dividing line between two plateaus, Agency Plains and Little Agency Plains. It then enters the Deschutes above Pelton Dam and its impoundment, Lake Simtustus, about 105 miles (169 km) from the river's confluence with the Columbia River.[4]

Named tributaries from source to mouth are Higgins, Coon, Newbill, and McMeen creeks followed by Dry Canyon.[4] The creek and its tributaries support populations of redband trout, largescale sucker, bridgelip sucker, and longnose dace.[3]

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  1. ^ Source elevation derived from Google Earth search using GNIS source coordinates.
  2. ^ a b c "Willow Creek". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved January 29, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d The Wetlands Conservancy; Vigil-Agrimis; Anderson, John (2015). "Deschutes Wetland Atlas" (PDF). The Wetlands Conservancy. p. 19. 
  4. ^ a b "United States Topographic Map". United States Geological Survey. Retrieved January 29, 2016 – via ACME Mapper.  The map includes mile markers along the Deschutes River.

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