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Five Fun Facts About Tonasket, Washington

Tonasket, Washington sits far up north in North Central Washington and has a lot to offer as a destination or just a stop on a drive through the region. It’s located in Okanogan County and it and the entire area around it have a very interesting history.

Here are five fun facts about Tonasket, Washington.


Tonasket is named for Chief Tonasket of the Okanogan. He was grand chief of the American Okanogan. This division of the people was created by the 1846 Oregon Treaty that drew the Canada-United States border.

Water Borders

Water forms the approximate borders of the town of Tonasket on three sides. On the east the boundary is formed by the Okanogan River, on the north it is formed by Siwash Creek, and the southern border is mainly formed by Bonaparte Creek.

17 Year Difference

Tonasket was first platted in 1910 but would not be officially incorporated until 1927.

How Far?

The town of Tonasket is located 20 miles south of the Canadian border. It’s also 164 miles northwest of Spokane and roughly 260 miles northeast of Seattle.


It was the 2010 United States Census that finally saw Tonasket’s population top the 1,000 mark when it totaled 1,032. It had just missed the mark in the 2000 national census when population was measured at 994.