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South Fork Umatilla River
Country United States
State Oregon
County Umatilla
Physical characteristics
Main source Blue Mountains
Umatilla National Forest
4,865 ft (1,483 m)
River mouth Umatilla River
near Graves Butte
2,326 ft (709 m)

The South Fork Umatilla River is a tributary of the Umatilla River in Umatilla County in the U.S. state of Oregon. Its headwaters lie in the Umatilla National Forest in the Blue Mountains of northeastern Oregon near Pileup Saddle and Black Mountain. The South Fork flows generally north between Goodman Ridge and Bobsled Ridge to meet the North Fork Umatilla River near Graves Butte. Together the forks form the main stem Umatilla.

Named tributaries of the South Fork from source to mouth are Shimmiehorn, Thomas, and Buck creeks, which all enter from the right. The North Fork also enters from the right.

The Umatilla Forks Campground and Day Use Area lies near the confluence of the forks. Open from June through September, it has campsites, picnic tables, toilets, drinking water, and parking spaces. Forest Road 32 runs along the lower river below the mouth of Thomas Creek.

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