American River (Washington) facts for kids
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The American River along Cougar Lake Trail in the William O. Douglas Wilderness
Location of the mouth of the American River in Washington
|Main source||Cascade Range
5,241 ft (1,597 m)
|River mouth||Bumping River
2,765 ft (843 m)
|Length||20 mi (32 km)|
From its source at American Lake, it flows north for several miles, picking up its tributary the Rainier Fork American River, which flows east down from the vicinity of Chinook Pass. State Route 410 crossing Chinook Pass from Mount Rainier National Park, then follows the Rainier Fork and the American River valleys.
After its confluence with Rainier Fork, the American River flows through Pleasant Valley. It joins the Bumping River within the American Forks Campground.
An early name for the American River was Miners Creek. According to historian Gretta Gossett, the river was renamed for the American River in California, "by hopeful miners".
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