Wind River (Washington)

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Wind River
Wind River rafting, WA.jpg
Rafting the Wind River
Country United States
State Washington
Source Cascade Range
 - location McLellan Meadows, Gifford Pinchot National Forest
 - elevation 2,987 ft (910 m) [1]
 - coordinates 46°00′11″N 121°53′48″W / 46.00306°N 121.89667°W / 46.00306; -121.89667 [2]
Mouth Columbia River
 - location Carson
 - elevation 79 ft (24 m) [2]
 - coordinates 45°42′47″N 121°47′37″W / 45.71306°N 121.79361°W / 45.71306; -121.79361Coordinates: 45°42′47″N 121°47′37″W / 45.71306°N 121.79361°W / 45.71306; -121.79361 [2]
Length 30 mi (48 km) [3]
Basin 224 sq mi (580 km2) [4]
Location of the mouth of the Wind River in Washington

The Wind River is a tributary of the Columbia River, in the U.S. state of Washington. Its entire course of 30 miles (48 km) lies within Skamania County.[3] Crusattes River is an old variant name.[2]


The Wind River originates in the Cascade Range, south of Mount Adams and Mount St. Helens. It flows generally south through Gifford Pinchot National Forest, joining the Columbia River near Carson, in the Columbia River Gorge.[3]

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  1. ^ Source elevation derived from Google Earth search using GNIS source coordinates.
  2. ^ a b c d "Wind River". Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). United States Geological Survey. September 10, 1979. Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c United States Geological Survey. "United States Topographic Map". TopoQuest. Retrieved January 29, 2013.  River miles are marked and numbered on the relevant map quadrangles through river mile 29 (river kilometer 47).
  4. ^ Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board (December 15, 2004). "Lower Columbia Salmon Recovery and Fish and Wildlife Subbasin Plan, Volume II, Chapter J, Wind" (PDF). Northwest Power Conservation Council. p. 10. Retrieved January 29, 2013.