North Central Washington is home to a lot of water. A lot of that water is in the form of creeks too. Some of these are fish bearing, some run right along popular camping areas, and some are hidden away and not widely known.
Here are five fun facts about the creeks of North Central Washington.
The Creek or the Campground?
Just outside the boundaries of Lake Wenatchee State Park is a U.S. National Forest campground that shares its name with the creek that flows through it, Nason Creek Campground. It’s there at that campground that this significant creek becomes the first tributary to flow into the Wenatchee River.
Peshastin Creek comes tumbling off the Cascade Mountains near Blewett Pass and heads into the Wenatchee River near Dryden. The last eight and a half miles of the creek are actually listed as a class III-IV section of whitewater according to American Whitewater.
In the early 1900’s, Douglas Creek saw a nine month building project by the Great Northern Railway end with the construction of what was known as the Mansfield Branch Line. This railroad line stretched from the Columbia River below Rock Island, up Moses Coulee, and across the Waterville Plateau to Mansfield, largely following Douglas Creek. The prime purpose of the rail line was to transport grain and the last train to use this route did so in 1985.
What’s In A Name?
Salmon Creek is known for draining the water from Conconully Lake and Conconully Reservoir all the way to the community of Okanogan and emptying into the Okanogan River. The community of Conconully was originally named Salmon City after the creek where ore deposits had been found.
Not Always A State Park
Twentyfive Mile Creek flows out of the Cascade Mountains and into Lake Chelan very near to the highest uplake portion of the lake you can reach by road. The creek meets the lake at what is now Twentyfive Mile Creek State Park. This spot was originally a private resort and was acquired by Washington State in 1972.