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Big Chico Creek
Coordinates : 39°42′28″N 121°56′07″W / 39.707661°N 121.935256°W / 39.707661; -121.935256 Big Chico Creek
Big Chico Creek
in Upper Bidwell Park BIG CHICO CREEK originates near Colby Mountain , located in Tehama County, California . The creek flows 46 miles (74 km) to its confluence with the Sacramento River
Sacramento River
in Butte County . The creek's elevation ranges from 120 feet (37 m) above sea level at the Sacramento River
Sacramento River
to 5,000 feet (1,500 m) near Colby Mountain, as shown on the Ord Ferry USGS quadrangle. A portion of Big Chico Creek
Big Chico Creek
flows through the city of Chico\'s Bidwell Park and California State University, Chico
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South Fork American River
A FORK, in cutlery or kitchenware , is a tool consisting of a handle with several narrow tines on one end. The usually metal utensil is used to lift food to the mouth or to hold ingredients in place while they are being cut by a knife . Food can be lifted either by spearing it on the tines or by holding it on top of the tines, which are often curved slightly. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Types of fork * 3 See also * 4 References * 5 Further reading * 6 External links HISTORY Bronze
Bronze
forks made in Persia during the 8th or 9th century. The word fork comes from the Latin furca, meaning "pitchfork ". Some of the earliest known uses of forks with food occurred in Ancient Egypt , where large forks were used as cooking utensils
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Middle Fork American River
The MIDDLE FORK AMERICAN RIVER is one of the three main branches of the American River
American River
in Northern California
California
. The river flows 62 miles (100 km) from its headwaters in the Sierra Nevada , in a generally southwest direction, to join the North Fork American River near Auburn . CONTENTS * 1 Geography * 2 River modifications * 3 Recreation * 4 See also * 5 References GEOGRAPHYThe main stem of the river begins along the Sierra Crest, on the south flank of Granite Chief near Squaw Valley Ski Resort west of Lake Tahoe . It flows west then southwest into French Meadows Reservoir
French Meadows Reservoir
, which is impounded by the L.L. Anderson Dam. Below the dam the Middle Fork enters a rugged and inaccessible canyon more than 2,000 feet (610 m) deep
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Cache Creek (Sacramento River)
CACHE CREEK is an 87-mile-long (140 km) stream in Lake , Colusa and Yolo counties, California
California
. CONTENTS * 1 Course * 2 History * 3 Geography * 4 Hydrology * 5 Wildlife and Recreation * 6 State Wild and Scenic River * 7 See also * 8 Notes * 8.1 References COURSECache Creek starts at the outlet of Clear Lake . It has two main tributaries: North Fork (starting in the Mendocino National Forest north of Clear Lake, and dammed by the Indian Valley Reservoir ); and Bear Creek (starting in Bear Valley ). The Capay Diversion Dam, west of Capay , diverts water for distribution throughout Yolo County using a network of canals
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Putah Creek
PUTAH CREEK (Patwin : Liwaito ) is a major stream in Northern California
California
, a tributary of the Yolo Bypass . The 85-mile-long (137 km) creek has its headwaters in the Mayacamas Mountains , a part of the Coast Range . The true meaning of "Putah" in Putah Creek
Putah Creek
has been the subject of discussion and speculation. CONTENTS * 1 History and name * 2 Watershed and course * 3 Dams and diversions * 4 Ecology * 5 "Green River" * 6 See also * 7 References * 8 External links HISTORY AND NAMEThe true meaning of "Putah" in Putah Creek
Putah Creek
has been the subject of discussion and speculation
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San Joaquin River
The SAN JOAQUIN RIVER /ˈsæn wɑːˈkiːn/ is the longest river of Central California
California
in the United States
United States
. The 366-mile (589 km) long river starts in the high Sierra Nevada , and flows through the rich agricultural region of the northern San Joaquin Valley
San Joaquin Valley
before reaching Suisun Bay , San Francisco Bay
San Francisco Bay
, and the Pacific Ocean
Pacific Ocean
. An important source of irrigation water as well as a wildlife corridor, the San Joaquin is among the most heavily dammed and diverted of California's rivers. People have inhabited the San Joaquin Valley
San Joaquin Valley
for more than 8,000 years, and it was long one of the major population centers of pre-Columbian California
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North Fork American River
The NORTH FORK AMERICAN RIVER is the longest branch of the American River in Northern California
California
. It is 88 miles (142 km) long from its source at the crest of the Sierra Nevada , near Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe
, to its mouth at Folsom Lake northeast of Sacramento . Prior to the construction of Folsom Dam the river was about 9 miles (14 km) longer making for a total length of 97 miles (156 km). It rises at Mountain Meadow Lake near the 9,008 ft (2,746 m) peak of Granite Chief in the Tahoe National Forest . Flowing initially northwest, the river soon swings west into a gorge, paralleling the Forest Hill Divide on the south. Big Granite Creek then the North Fork North Fork American River
American River
come in from the right
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American River
The AMERICAN RIVER (RíO DE LOS AMERICANOS during the period before 1847 ruled by Mexico) is a 120-mile-long river in California
California
that runs from the Sierra Nevada mountain range to its confluence with the Sacramento River
Sacramento River
in the Sacramento Valley . Via the Sacramento
Sacramento
River, it is part of the San Francisco Bay
San Francisco Bay
watershed. This river is fed by the melting snowpack of the Sierra Nevada and its many headwaters and tributaries, including the North Fork American River , the Middle Fork American River
American River
, and the South Fork American River
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Middle Fork Feather River
The MIDDLE FORK FEATHER RIVER is a major river in Plumas and Butte Counties in the U.S. state
U.S. state
of California
California
. Nearly 100 miles (160 km) long, it drains about 1,062 square miles (2,750 km2) of the rugged northern Sierra Nevada range. It rises near Beckwourth , formed by the confluence of several streams in a large mountain-surrounded basin, the Sierra Valley called the Sierra Valley Channels. The largest is Little Last Chance Creek, which flows from the northeast side of the valley. The river flows west, passing Portola and turning northwest at Clio . It then enters the Plumas National Forest
Plumas National Forest
, turning westwards into a gorge. Nelson Creek enters from the left, then Onion Valley Creek a few miles onward
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South Fork Feather River
The SOUTH FORK FEATHER RIVER is a Lake Oroville tributary in the south portion of the Middle Fork Feather Watershed which drains several reservoirs including Little Grass Valley Reservoir
Little Grass Valley Reservoir
. Course of the South Fork Feather River
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Yuba River
The YUBA RIVER is a tributary of the Feather River
Feather River
in the Sierra Nevada and eastern Sacramento Valley
Sacramento Valley
, in the U.S. state
U.S. state
of California . The main stem of the river is about 40 miles (64 km) long, and its headwaters are split into three major forks. The Yuba River
Yuba River
proper is formed at the confluence of the North Yuba and Middle Yuba Rivers, with the South Yuba joining a short distance downstream. Measured to the head of the North Yuba River, the Yuba River
Yuba River
is just over 100 miles (160 km) long. The river drains 1,345 square miles (3,480 km2) of the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountain range as well as a small portion of the Sacramento Valley
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Bear River (Feather River)
The BEAR RIVER is a tributary of the Feather River
Feather River
in the Sierra Nevada , winding through four California
California
counties: Yuba , Sutter , Placer , and Nevada . About 73 miles (117 km) long, the river flows generally southwest through the Sierra then west through the Central Valley , draining a narrow, rugged watershed of 295 square miles (760 km2)
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Mokelumne River
The MOKELUMNE RIVER /məˈkʌləmni/ is a 95-mile (153 km)-long river in northern California
California
in the United States
United States
. The river flows west from a rugged portion of the central Sierra Nevada into the Central Valley and ultimately the Sacramento– San Joaquin River Delta , where it empties into the San Joaquin River . Together with its main tributary, the Cosumnes River , the Mokelumne drains 2,143 square miles (5,550 km2) in parts of five California
California
counties. Measured to its farthest source at the head of the North Fork, the river stretches for 157 miles (253 km). The river is colloquially divided into the UPPER MOKELUMNE RIVER, which stretches from the headwaters to Pardee Reservoir in the Sierra foothills, and the LOWER MOKELUMNE RIVER, which refers to the portion of the river below Camanche Dam
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Cosumnes River
The COSUMNES RIVER is a river in northern California
California
in the United States . It rises on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada and flows approximately 52.5 miles (84.5 km) into the Central Valley , emptying into the Mokelumne River
Mokelumne River
in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
. The Cosumnes is one of very few rivers in the western Sierra without major dams. The Nature Conservancy's Cosumnes River Preserve is located just upstream from the Delta. Towns and cities along the Cosumnes River
Cosumnes River
include Plymouth , Rancho Murieta, Sloughhouse , Wilton , Elk Grove , and Galt
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Chowchilla River
The CHOWCHILLA RIVER is a river in central California
California
, United States and a minor tributary of the San Joaquin River
San Joaquin River
. It flows for 54.2 miles (87.2 km) from the western side of the Sierra Nevada Range to the San Joaquin River
San Joaquin River
system in the San Joaquin Valley
San Joaquin Valley
. Most of the lower half of the river forms the border between Merced and Madera County . CONTENTS* 1 Course * 1.1 West Fork * 1.2 Middle Fork * 1.3 East Fork * 1.4 Main river * 2 Lower river * 3 Tributaries * 4 Towns * 5 Crossings * 6 See also * 7 References * 8 External links COURSEThe river begins as three separate forks in southern Mariposa County
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Mariposa Creek
MARIPOSA CREEK, originally called the MARIPOSA RIVER, is a creek that has its source in Mariposa County, California
California
. It flows through the town of Mariposa then southwest through the Sierra foothills, into and across the San Joaquin Valley
San Joaquin Valley
in Merced County , and empties the sloughs of the San Joaquin River
San Joaquin River
south of the city of Merced . CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Watershed * 3 Mariposa Creek
Mariposa Creek
Parkway * 4 Images * 5 References HISTORY Mariposa Creek
Mariposa Creek
was named by the Spanish explorer Gabriel Moraga on September 27, 1806, when his expedition discovered a great cluster of butterflies ("mariposas" in Spanish and Portuguese): "We named this place Mariposas because these abounded, especially at night and during the morning. These butterflies became quite a nuisance
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