Kettle River (Columbia River)

Catchment area of ​​the Kettle River

Kettle River between Monashee Mountains and Okanagan Plateau

The Kettle River is a 336 km ( from the end of Holmes Lake to the mouth ) long tributary of the Columbia in northeastern Washington in the United States and southeastern British Columbia in Canada.

The local Indians called the river Ne - hoi -al- pit- kwu.


From its source in the Monashee Mountains of British Columbia, Kettle River flows south to Midway. On his way many tributaries contribute to the growth of the river, of which the West Kettle River is the most important. Below the Midway River draws a line through the Ferry County in the United States, before returning to Canadian territory. In Grand Forks, opens the Granby River a. From there flows the Kettle River still 16 km to the east and then finally leaving Canada on his way to the south. In the near Kettle Falls it flows into the Columbia. This is now dammed at this point by the Grand Coulee Dam to Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake.

Fish species

Originally, there were in the Kettle River salmon and other migratory fish. The construction of dams Grand Coulee and Chief Joseph, however, blocked the migration of fish to the spawning grounds in the upper reaches of the Columbia River and other rivers. When damming the earlier settlement Kettle Falls is lost in the waters of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake.