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Cow Creek (South Umpqua River)

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- elevation  4,000 ft (1,219 m)
- elevation  2,402 ft (732 m)
Length  71 km
Basin area  1,181 km²
Country  United States of America
- elevation  4,500 ft (1,372 m)
Discharge  24.24 m³/s
Basin area  1,181 km²
Mouth  South Umpqua River

- location  A mile north of Round Top, Jackson County, Umpqua National Forest
- location  Richter Mountain, Umpqua National Forest
- location  Umpqua National Forest, Douglas County

Cow Creek is a medium-sized river in southwestern Oregon, a tributary of the South Umpqua River. It drains an area of over 400 square miles (1,000 km2) on the western foothills of the Cascade Range and within the Oregon Coast Range. Although the vast majority of the basin is within Douglas County, a tiny portion in the southeast extends into northern Jackson County.


Map of Cow Creek, Oregon, USA


The stream rises in the Umpqua National Forest at the confluence of South Fork Cow Creek and East Fork Cow Creek. The south fork, which is much larger, is sometimes considered the main stem. In its first few miles the creek flows west through an agricultural valley and through Galesville Reservoir. Cow Creek runs alongside Interstate 5 for several miles and receives Windy Creek from the right at Glendale, Oregon. The stream then bends northwest into a canyon, receiving West Fork Cow Creek on the left and Middle Creek from the right. It then continues northwards, bending steadily eastwards and doubling back on its former course. The river emerges from the mountains near Riddle, and bends sharply south around a ridge, joining the South Umpqua about 2 miles (3 km) west of Canyonville.


Cow Creek (South Umpqua River) Wikipedia

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