Chiwawa River

The Chiwawa River is a tributary of the Wenatchee River, in the U.S. state of Washington. It is completely contained within Chelan County.

Much of the Chiwawa River's drainage basin is designated national forest and wilderness. The upper Chiwawa watershed is in nearly pristine condition.[3]

The river is part of the Columbia River basin, being a tributary of the Wenatchee River, which is tributary to the Columbia River.

The river's name comes from a Columbia-Moses term meaning of kind of creek ("wawa" creek).[5] A large number of place names in the Chiwawa River basin were given by Albert H. Sylvester.

Chiwawa River
Country United States
State Washington
County Chelan
Source North Cascades
 - location Entiat Mountains
 - elevation 6,300 ft (1,920 m) [1]
 - coordinates 48°9′11″N 120°55′2″W / 48.15306°N 120.91722°W [2]
Mouth Wenatchee River
 - elevation 1,844 ft (562 m) [1]
 - coordinates 47°47′18″N 120°39′32″W / 47.78833°N 120.65889°WCoordinates: 47°47′18″N 120°39′32″W / 47.78833°N 120.65889°W [2]
Length 37 mi (60 km) [3]
Basin 183 sq mi (474 km2) [3]
Discharge for near mouth
 - average 509 cu ft/s (14.41 m3/s) [4]
 - max 7,030 cu ft/s (199.07 m3/s)
 - min 45 cu ft/s (1.27 m3/s)


The Chiwawa River originates in the Glacier Peak Wilderness of the North Cascades, on the southern slopes of Chiwawa Mountain and Fortress Mountain. It flows south through the Wenatchee National Forest, between Chiwawa Ridge to the west and the Entiat Mountains to the east.

The Chiwawa River empties into the Wenatchee River several miles east of Lake Wenatchee.

See also


  1. ^ a b Google Earth elevation for GNIS coordinates.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Chiwawa River, USGS, GNIS
  3. ^ a b c Wenatchee Subbasin Plan, Northwest Power and Conservation Council
  4. ^ Water Resources Data, Washington Water year 2005, USGS
  5. ^ Bright, William (2007). Native American placenames of the United States. University of Oklahoma Press. p. 105. ISBN 978-0-8061-3598-4.

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