Grave Creek (Oregon)

This article is about a creek in Oregon. For the burial site in West Virginia, see Grave Creek Mound.
Grave Creek
Grave Creek Bridge, Spanning Grave Creek on Sunny Valley Loop Road, Sunny Valley (Josephine County, Oregon).jpg
Grave Creek Bridge carries Sunny Valley Loop Road over the creek.
Name origin: The grave of a child, Martha Leland Crowley, who died near the creek in 1846 [1]
Country United States
State Oregon
County Douglas, Jackson, and Josephine
Source Cedar Springs Mountain
 - location Klamath Mountains, Douglas County, Oregon
 - elevation 4,556 ft (1,389 m) [2]
 - coordinates 42°45′26″N 123°07′41″W / 42.75722°N 123.12806°W / 42°45′26″N 123°07′41″W / 42.75722; -123.12806  [3]
Mouth Rogue River
 - location about 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Galice, Josephine County, Oregon
 - elevation 623 ft (190 m) [3]
 - coordinates 42°38′54″N 123°35′05″W / 42.64833°N 123.58472°W / 42°38′54″N 123°35′05″W / 42.64833; -123.58472  [3]
Basin 163 sq mi (422 km2) [4]
Discharge for near Placer
 - average 132 cu ft/s (4 m3/s) [4] [5]
 - max 8,000 cu ft/s (227 m3/s)
 - min 1 cu ft/s (0 m3/s)
Location of the mouth of Grave Creek in Oregon

Grave Creek is a tributary, about 40 miles (64 km) long, of the Rogue River in southwestern Oregon in the United States.

Course

The creek begins near Cedar Springs Mountain just north of the Douglas CountyJackson County border and flows generally southwest through Jackson County and Josephine County to its confluence with the Rogue. [6] It passes through the communities of Placer, Sunny Valley, and Leland. [7]

Named tributaries from source to mouth are Panther, Swamp, Last Chance, Big Boulder, Little Boulder, Slate, and Baker, Boulder, and Clark creeks followed by Eastman and Quartz Mill gulches. Then comes Tom East Creek followed by Benjamin Gulch, Shanks Creek, Schoolhouse Gulch, and Salmon Creek. [7]

Further downstream are Rat Creek, Mackin Gulch, and Dog Creek, then Flume, Brimstone, and Brushy gulches. Another Tom East Creek is next, followed by Wolf, Butte, Panther, Reservoir, Fall, Poorman, and McNabe creeks. The final three tributaries are McNair, Rock, and Reuben creeks. [7]