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Calawah River
Calawah River.jpg
Calawah River, looking upstream from the US Highway 101 bridge
Country United States
State Washington
Region Clallam County, Washington
Physical characteristics
Main source Olympic Mountains
Olympic Peninsula
River mouth Bogachiel River
26 ft (7.9 m)
Length 31 mi (50 km)
Basin features
Basin size 160 sq mi (410 km2)
Tributaries
  • Left:
    South Fork Calawah River
  • Right:
    North Fork Calawah River

The Calawah River is a 31 mi (50 km) tributary of the Bogachiel River in Clallam County in the U.S. state of Washington, on its Olympic Peninsula. Its two major tributaries are the South and North Forks Calawah River. The river drains an unpopulated portion of the low foothills of the Olympic Mountains; its entire watershed consists of virgin forest. The river drains 129 square miles (330 km2) above U.S. Highway 101, which crosses the river about 6.6 miles (10.6 km) upstream of its mouth.

The river's name comes from the Quileute word qàló?wa:, meaning "in between", or "middle river".

Calawah River 101 bridge
The highway 101 bridge over the Calawah River, near Forks, Washington
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