Grave Creek (Oregon)

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]
CountryUnited States
CountyDouglas, Jackson, and Josephine
SourceCedar Springs Mountain
 - locationKlamath Mountains, Douglas County, Oregon
 - elevation4,556 ft (1,389 m) [2]
 - coordinates42°45′26″N 123°07′41″W / 42°45′26″N 123°07′41″W / 42.75722; -123.12806 [3]
MouthRogue River
 - locationabout 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Galice, Josephine County, Oregon
 - elevation623 ft (190 m) [3]
 - coordinates42°38′54″N 123°35′05″W / 42°38′54″N 123°35′05″W / 42.64833; -123.58472 [3]
Basin163 sq mi (422 km2) [4]
Dischargefor near Placer
 - average132 cu ft/s (4 m3/s) [4][5]
 - max8,000 cu ft/s (227 m3/s)
 - min1 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.


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]

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