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The Tulameen River[3] is a tributary of the Similkameen River in the Canadian province of British Columbia. The Tulameen River is part of the Columbia River drainage basin, being a tributary of the Similkameen River, which flows into the Okanagan River, which flows into the Columbia River.

Tulameen River
Tulameen River - panoramio.jpg
ProvinceBritish Columbia
Physical characteristics
SourceNorth Cascades
MouthSimilkameen River
 ⁃ coordinates
49°28′N 120°30′W / 49.467°N 120.500°W / 49.467; -120.500Coordinates: 49°28′N 120°30′W / 49.467°N 120.500°W / 49.467; -120.500[1]
 ⁃ locationAt Princeton[2]
 ⁃ average21.8 m3/s (770 cu ft/s)[2]
 ⁃ minimum0.78 m3/s (28 cu ft/s)
 ⁃ maximum374 m3/s (13,200 cu ft/s)


The Tulameen River originates in E. C. Manning Provincial Park with headwaters at Punchbowl Lake, in the North Cascades part of the Cascade Range. it flows generally north then east, passing Tulameen, British Columbia before joining the Similkameen River at Princeton. It is the only place in the world where both gold and platinum can be found alongside each other, however all significant deposits have been mined.


The watershed holds a number of diverse flora and fauna species. Fauna include mammals, amphibians, reptiles and birds. Among the amphibians of the watershed is the Rough-skinned newt, Taricha granulosa, whose populations in the North Cascades exhibit an adult perennibranchiate form in approximately 90 percent of the population.[4]

See alsoEdit


  • Fred W. Beckey. 1995. Cascade Alpine Guide: Rainy Pass to Fraser River, Published by The Mountaineers Books, ISBN 0-89886-423-2,
  • C. Michael Hogan. 2008. Rough-skinned Newt (Taricha granulosa), Globaltwitcher, ed. Nicklas Stromberg [1]

Line notesEdit

  1. ^ "Tulameen River". BC Geographical Names.
  2. ^ a b "Archived Hydrometric Data Search". Water Survey of Canada. Archived from the original on April 30, 2006. Retrieved October 19, 2008. Search for Station 08NL024 Tulameen River at Princeton
  3. ^ Fred W. Beckey. 1995
  4. ^ C. Michael Hogan. 2008