Cha-latt River

Posted by Ken Campbell February 4, 2010 0 Comment 985 views

According to Smitty Parratt, author of the definitive Gods and Goblins; A Field Guide to Place Names of Olympic National Park, Mosquito Creek is probably so named because the area is a “first-rate breeding ground for mosquitos.”

It would seem to make sense, eh?

For a time, the coastal creek was referred to as the “Cha-latt River,” and was labeled as such on the 1896 Gilman National Geographic Map.

I don’t know about all that but I do know that the flat sand above the high tide line makes a first-rate camp site. It has been almost two years since I set my tent up here, on a kayaking trip down from La Push. I am planning to return this coming summer and I am looking forward to getting back.

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