California

River County Reach Length (miles) Description Potential Classification ORVs Watershed (HUC Code 8) Year Listed/ Updated Other State
American River, South Fork El Dorado Chili Bar Dam to Folsom Lake State Recreation area boundry 22 Most popular whitewater boating stream in California. Also attractive for fishing, swimming, camping, and gold panning. Flows through Marshal Gold Discovery State Historic Park, site of the 1848 discovery that sparked the California Gold Rush. Historic, Recreational South Fork American 1982
Antelope Creek, North Fork Tehama From Section line between Sections 17 and 18, T.28N., R.2E., below Ponderosa Way, to McClure Place 3 Wild Fish Thomes Creek-Sacramento River 1993
Antelope Creek, North Fork Tehama From McClure Place to boundary between National Forest and California Department of Fish and Game land 5 Wild Fish Thomes Creek-Sacramento River 1993
Antelope Creek, South Fork Tehama From South Fork Antelope Campground along Ponderosa Way to 1/4 mile above the North Fork Antelope Creek 7 Wild Fish Thomes Creek-Sacramento River 1993
Atastra Creek Mono Aspen grove in Sec. 32, T.5 N., R.27 E. to Sec. 20, T.5 N., R.27 E. 3 High capability for supporting excellent quality Lahontan cutthroat trout and wild rainbow trout. Biological diversity. Recreational/Scenic Fish, Wildlife East Walker 1993
Battle Creek Shasta, Tehama Ponderosa Way Bridge to Sacramento River 35 Anadromous fish spawning. Float tubing. Classic old-growth riparian ecosystem in Sacramento River flood plain. Recreational Fish, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife, Other Battle Creek 1993
Bear Creek Shasta North and South Forks of Bear Creek to State Highway 44 bridge crossing 10 Secluded, undeveloped, physically demanding primitive types of outdoor experiences. Scenic/Wild Recreational Clear Creek-Sacramento River 1993
Bear Creek San Bernardino Bear Creek, between Santa Ana River and Big Bear Lake 9 Secluded, undeveloped, physically demanding primitive types of outdoor experiences. Wild Fish, Wildlife Clear Creek-Sacramento River 1993
Beegum Creek Shasta, Tehama Trinity National Forest boundary to Highway 36 5 Natural primitive type of outdoor experience to hiker willing to scramble over rugged terrain in canyon bottom. Wild Recreational, Scenic Cottonwood Creek 1993
Bell Creek Tuolumne Bell Creek 8 Scenic/Wild Cultural, Historic, Scenic, Other Upper Tuolumne 1982/ 1993
Big Chico Creek Butte, Tehama Source downstream to power line crossing east of Horseshoe Lake 35 Narrow, rugged stream bed flows in a deep, scenic volcanic canyon and through a series of caves in Iron Canyon area; lower reaches support good riparian habitat and oak-woodland vegetation, upper reaches are extensively forested; supports good trout and anadramous fisheries, particularly spring-run chinook salmon; heavy recreation use, especially in Bidwell City Park area in Chico. Recreational/Wild Recreational Big Chico Creek-Sacramento River 1982/ 1993
Big River Mendocino Headwaters to mouth 42 Flows through a series of terraces with 100 year old second growth redwood forest as dominant vegetation; mouth empties into ocean at Mendocino, a National Historic District; unique, pristine example of coastal redwood stream; tidal estuary proposed as unique wildlife ecosystem by FWS; links two units of State Park System; extensive canoeing; significant fish runs with prime salmon and steelhead spawning habitat. Fish, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Big-Navarro-Garcia 1982
Big Sycamore River Los Angeles Entire segment within Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area 10 Upper watershed contains active golden eagle nesting sites and selected for reintroduction of the peregrine falcon. Fish, Wildlife Santa Monica Bay 1993
Boles Creek Modoc Sally's Camp to confluence of Willow Creek 17 Exceptionally rich in archaeological and cultural values. Potentially eligible for nomination to National Register of Historic Places. Scenic Cultural Lost 1993
Bourland Creek Tuolumne Headwater to confluence with Reed Creek 12 Recreational/Wild Cultural, Historic, Other Upper Tuolumne 1993
Buck Meadow Creek Tuolumne Headwater to confluence with West Fork Cherry Creek 8 Wild Scenic Upper Tuolumne 1993
Butte Creek (Upper Segment) Butte Confluence with West Branch Butte Creek to Centerville Bridge 11 Important mining communities. Steep and rugged with shear canyon walls, abrupt rock pinnacles, and spectacular waterfalls. Hiking and boating. Scenic Geologic, Historic, Scenic Butte Creek 1993
Cache Creek Colusa, Yolo, Lake Dam 1 mile above Peachtree crossing to Guinda Bridge. 29 Meanders through rolling foothills with moderate canyons and large expanses of undeveloped areas; interesting geologic formations; primitive and remote with limited access; provides premium whitewater opportunities through a boulder-studded watercourse partly bordered by county parklands; popular local tubing stream. Lower portion of segment passes through orchard dominated agricultural lands. Recreational, Scenic Upper Cache 1982
Carson River, East Fork Alpine (CA), Douglas (NV) Source to Wolf Creek 29 Pristine scenery as descends east slope of Sierra through granite canyon and coniferous forests to sagebrush covered foothills and desert canyons. Sport fishing for trout, rafting, kayaking, and canoeing. Wild Fish, Recreational, Scenic Upper Carson 1982/ 1993 NV
Carson River, East Fork Alpine (CA), Douglas (NV) Wolf Creek to Hangman's Bridge 8 Traversing a variety of ecosystems, the river descends east slope of Sierras through granite canyons with pine forests and alpine meadows to emerge into the sagebrush covered foothills and desert canyons of Nevada; upper reaches State designated Wild Trout Stream; large portion upper reaches proposed for wilderness designation; headwaters habitat of federally listed threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout; premium whitewater, used extensively by commercial and private rafters; provides unique opportunity for overnight float trips east of Sierras. Recreational Fish, Recreational, Scenic Upper Carson 1982/ 1993 NV
Carson River, East Fork Alpine (CA), Douglas (NV) Hangman's Bridge to Ruhenstroth Dam 19 Traversing a variety of ecosystems, the river descends east slope of Sierras through granite canyons with pine forests and alpine meadows to emerge into the sagebrush covered foothills and desert canyons of Nevada; upper reaches State designated Wild Trout Stream; large portion upper reaches proposed for wilderness designation; headwaters habitat of federally listed threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout; premium whitewater, used extensively by commercial and private rafters; provides unique opportunity for overnight float trips east of Sierras. Scenic Fish, Recreational, Scenic Upper Carson 1982/ 1993 NV
Cherry Creek Tuolumne East/North confluence to Cherry Lake 12 Wild Geologic, Scenic Upper Tuolumne 1993
Cherry Creek, East Fork Tuolumne Headwaters to confluence with Cherry Creek 15 Wild Scenic Upper Tuolumne 1993
Cherry Creek, North Fork Tuolumne Headwaters to confluence with Cherry Creek 17 Wild Scenic Upper Tuolumne 1993
Cherry Creek, West Fork Tuolumne Headwaters to confluence with Cherry Creek 18 Wild Scenic Upper Tuolumne 1993
Clark Fork Tuolumne Headwaters to Wilderness boundary 9 Wild Cultural, Historic, Scenic Upper Stanislaus 1993
Clark Fork Tuolumne Wilderness boundary to Middle Fork Stanislaus 10 Recreational Recreational, Scenic Upper Stanislaus 1993
Clavey River Tuolumne Bell/Lily confluence to 3NO1 6 Totally free-flowing, rugged channel characterized by large boulders and alternating pools and rapids; upper reaches heavily forested with granite outcroppings; lower reaches scrub-oak woodlands with steep canyons and distinctive limestone cliffs; State designated Wild Trout Stream; one of the best remaining fish producing streams on western slopes of Sierras. Wild Fish, Other Upper Tuolumne 1982/ 1993
Clavey River 3NO1 to Cottonwood Road 9 Totally free-flowing, rugged channel characterized by large boulders and alternating pools and rapids; upper reaches heavily forested with granite outcroppings; lower reaches scrub-oak woodlands with steep canyons and distinctive limestone cliffs; State designated Wild Trout Stream; one of the best remaining fish producing streams on western slopes of Sierras. Scenic/Wild Fish, Wildlife, Other Upper Tuolumne 1993
Clavey River Tuolumne Cottonwood Road to Tuolumne confluence 17 Totally free-flowing, rugged channel characterized by large boulders and alternating pools and rapids; upper reaches heavily forested with granite outcroppings; lower reaches scrub-oak woodlands with steep canyons and distinctive limestone cliffs; State designated Wild Trout Stream; one of the best remaining fish producing streams on western slopes of Sierras. Scenic/Wild Fish, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife, Other Upper Tuolumne 1982/ 1993
Clear Creek Shasta Southern NRA boundary to Clear Creek Road bridge crossing 5 Unspoiled, primitive type of outdoor experience obtained by hiking or floating along the creek. Scenic Recreational, Scenic Clear Creek-Sacramento River 1993
Cosumnes River Sacremento, El Dorado, Amador Confluence with junction of North and middle Forks to confluence with Mokelumne River 53 The last remaining major Sierra Nevada stream system without significant water impoundments. The sloughs and marshes at the confluence with the Molkelumne River together with the adjoining hardwood and riparian vegetation, virtually uninfluenced by flood control measures, comprise an important and unique natural area. The largest remaining stand of valley oak exists in this area, and the lower Consumnes is also an important waterfowl wintering area for many species and is of particular importance to the greater sandhill crane. The main stem provides a warmwater fishery and a small run of chinook salmon. The North and Middle Forks both possess self-sustaining wild rainbow and brown trout populations with warm water species including the Alabama spotted bass in the lowest reaches and Eastern brook trout found in the North Fork. Recreation use includes picnicking, swimming, hiking, fishing, camping, rock climbing, and river running (there are a variety of boating runs for paddlers of all skill levels, although the length of the boating season is curtailed by the relative low flow in the summer). Overall, the recreation potential is outstanding in view of the proximity of the Sacramento Metropolitan Area, although the limited number of river access points presently discourages use. Recreational, Wildlife, Other Upper Mokelumne 1982
Cosumnes River, Middle Fork Eldorado From National Forest boundary to confluence to Cosumnes River 20 The last remaining major Sierra Nevada stream system without significant water impoundments. The sloughs and marshes at the confluence with the Molkelumne River together with the adjoining hardwood and riparian vegetation, virtually uninfluenced by flood control measures, comprise an important and unique natural area. The largest remaining stand of valley oak exists in this area, and the lower Consumnes is also an important waterfowl wintering area for many species and is of particular importance to the greater sandhill crane. The main stem provides a warmwater fishery and a small run of chinook salmon. The North and Middle Forks both possess self-sustaining wild rainbow and brown trout populations with warm water species including the Alabama spotted bass in the lowest reaches and Eastern brook trout found in the North Fork. Recreation use includes picnicking, swimming, hiking, fishing, camping, rock climbing, and river running (there are a variety of boating runs for paddlers of all skill levels, although the length of the boating season is curtailed by the relative low flow in the summer). Overall, the recreation potential is outstanding in view of the proximity of the Sacramento Metropolitan Area, although the limited number of river access points presently discourages use. Recreational Recreational, Other Upper Cosumnes 1993
Cosumnes River, Middle Fork Eldorado Headwaters east of Foster Meadow to Cat Creek 8 The last remaining major Sierra Nevada stream system without significant water impoundments. The sloughs and marshes at the confluence with the Molkelumne River together with the adjoining hardwood and riparian vegetation, virtually uninfluenced by flood control measures, comprise an important and unique natural area. The largest remaining stand of valley oak exists in this area, and the lower Consumnes is also an important waterfowl wintering area for many species and is of particular importance to the greater sandhill crane. The main stem provides a warmwater fishery and a small run of chinook salmon. The North and Middle Forks both possess self-sustaining wild rainbow and brown trout populations with warm water species including the Alabama spotted bass in the lowest reaches and Eastern brook trout found in the North Fork. Recreation use includes picnicking, swimming, hiking, fishing, camping, rock climbing, and river running (there are a variety of boating runs for paddlers of all skill levels, although the length of the boating season is curtailed by the relative low flow in the summer). Overall, the recreation potential is outstanding in view of the proximity of the Sacramento Metropolitan Area, although the limited number of river access points presently discourages use. Recreational Recreational, Other Upper Cosumnes 1982/ 1993
Cosumnes River, Middle Fork Eldorado Cat Creek to one mile east of PiPi Campground 2 The last remaining major Sierra Nevada stream system without significant water impoundments. The sloughs and marshes at the confluence with the Molkelumne River together with the adjoining hardwood and riparian vegetation, virtually uninfluenced by flood control measures, comprise an important and unique natural area. The largest remaining stand of valley oak exists in this area, and the lower Consumnes is also an important waterfowl wintering area for many species and is of particular importance to the greater sandhill crane. The main stem provides a warmwater fishery and a small run of chinook salmon. The North and Middle Forks both possess self-sustaining wild rainbow and brown trout populations with warm water species including the Alabama spotted bass in the lowest reaches and Eastern brook trout found in the North Fork. Recreation use includes picnicking, swimming, hiking, fishing, camping, rock climbing, and river running (there are a variety of boating runs for paddlers of all skill levels, although the length of the boating season is curtailed by the relative low flow in the summer). Overall, the recreation potential is outstanding in view of the proximity of the Sacramento Metropolitan Area, although the limited number of river access points presently discourages use. Recreational Recreational, Other Upper Cosumnes 1982/ 1993
Cosumnes River, Middle Fork Eldorado One mile east of PiPi Campground to two miles west of PiPi 3 The last remaining major Sierra Nevada stream system without significant water impoundments. The sloughs and marshes at the confluence with the Molkelumne River together with the adjoining hardwood and riparian vegetation, virtually uninfluenced by flood control measures, comprise an important and unique natural area. The largest remaining stand of valley oak exists in this area, and the lower Consumnes is also an important waterfowl wintering area for many species and is of particular importance to the greater sandhill crane. The main stem provides a warmwater fishery and a small run of chinook salmon. The North and Middle Forks both possess self-sustaining wild rainbow and brown trout populations with warm water species including the Alabama spotted bass in the lowest reaches and Eastern brook trout found in the North Fork. Recreation use includes picnicking, swimming, hiking, fishing, camping, rock climbing, and river running (there are a variety of boating runs for paddlers of all skill levels, although the length of the boating season is curtailed by the relative low flow in the summer). Overall, the recreation potential is outstanding in view of the proximity of the Sacramento Metropolitan Area, although the limited number of river access points presently discourages use. Recreational Recreational, Other Upper Cosumnes 1982/ 1993
Cosumnes River, Middle Fork Eldorado Two miles west of PiPi to Dogtown Creek 9 The last remaining major Sierra Nevada stream system without significant water impoundments. The sloughs and marshes at the confluence with the Molkelumne River together with the adjoining hardwood and riparian vegetation, virtually uninfluenced by flood control measures, comprise an important and unique natural area. The largest remaining stand of valley oak exists in this area, and the lower Consumnes is also an important waterfowl wintering area for many species and is of particular importance to the greater sandhill crane. The main stem provides a warmwater fishery and a small run of chinook salmon. The North and Middle Forks both possess self-sustaining wild rainbow and brown trout populations with warm water species including the Alabama spotted bass in the lowest reaches and Eastern brook trout found in the North Fork. Recreation use includes picnicking, swimming, hiking, fishing, camping, rock climbing, and river running (there are a variety of boating runs for paddlers of all skill levels, although the length of the boating season is curtailed by the relative low flow in the summer). Overall, the recreation potential is outstanding in view of the proximity of the Sacramento Metropolitan Area, although the limited number of river access points presently discourages use. Recreational Recreational, Other Upper Cosumnes 1982/ 1993
Cosumnes River, Middle Fork Eldorado From Dogtown Creek to National Forest boundary 3 The last remaining major Sierra Nevada stream system without significant water impoundments. The sloughs and marshes at the confluence with the Molkelumne River together with the adjoining hardwood and riparian vegetation, virtually uninfluenced by flood control measures, comprise an important and unique natural area. The largest remaining stand of valley oak exists in this area, and the lower Consumnes is also an important waterfowl wintering area for many species and is of particular importance to the greater sandhill crane. The main stem provides a warmwater fishery and a small run of chinook salmon. The North and Middle Forks both possess self-sustaining wild rainbow and brown trout populations with warm water species including the Alabama spotted bass in the lowest reaches and Eastern brook trout found in the North Fork. Recreation use includes picnicking, swimming, hiking, fishing, camping, rock climbing, and river running (there are a variety of boating runs for paddlers of all skill levels, although the length of the boating season is curtailed by the relative low flow in the summer). Overall, the recreation potential is outstanding in view of the proximity of the Sacramento Metropolitan Area, although the limited number of river access points presently discourages use. Recreational Recreational, Other Upper Cosumnes 1993
Cosumnes River, North Fork Eldorado From headwaters at Leek Springs Valley to Van Horn Creek 13 The last remaining major Sierra Nevada stream system without significant water impoundments. The sloughs and marshes at the confluence with the Molkelumne River together with the adjoining hardwood and riparian vegetation, virtually uninfluenced by flood control measures, comprise an important and unique natural area. The largest remaining stand of valley oak exists in this area, and the lower Consumnes is also an important waterfowl wintering area for many species and is of particular importance to the greater sandhill crane. The main stem provides a warmwater fishery and a small run of chinook salmon. The North and Middle Forks both possess self-sustaining wild rainbow and brown trout populations with warm water species including the Alabama spotted bass in the lowest reaches and Eastern brook trout found in the North Fork. Recreation use includes picnicking, swimming, hiking, fishing, camping, rock climbing, and river running (there are a variety of boating runs for paddlers of all skill levels, although the length of the boating season is curtailed by the relative low flow in the summer). Overall, the recreation potential is outstanding in view of the proximity of the Sacramento Metropolitan Area, although the limited number of river access points presently discourages use. Recreational Recreational, Other Upper Cosumnes 1982/ 1993
Cosumnes River, North Fork Eldorado Van Horn Creek to Cosumnes Mine Road 7 The last remaining major Sierra Nevada stream system without significant water impoundments. The sloughs and marshes at the confluence with the Molkelumne River together with the adjoining hardwood and riparian vegetation, virtually uninfluenced by flood control measures, comprise an important and unique natural area. The largest remaining stand of valley oak exists in this area, and the lower Consumnes is also an important waterfowl wintering area for many species and is of particular importance to the greater sandhill crane. The main stem provides a warmwater fishery and a small run of chinook salmon. The North and Middle Forks both possess self-sustaining wild rainbow and brown trout populations with warm water species including the Alabama spotted bass in the lowest reaches and Eastern brook trout found in the North Fork. Recreation use includes picnicking, swimming, hiking, fishing, camping, rock climbing, and river running (there are a variety of boating runs for paddlers of all skill levels, although the length of the boating season is curtailed by the relative low flow in the summer). Overall, the recreation potential is outstanding in view of the proximity of the Sacramento Metropolitan Area, although the limited number of river access points presently discourages use. Recreational Recreational, Other Upper Cosumnes 1993
Cosumnes River, North Fork Eldorado From Cosumnes Mine Road to Steely Fork of the Cosumnes 5 The last remaining major Sierra Nevada stream system without significant water impoundments. The sloughs and marshes at the confluence with the Molkelumne River together with the adjoining hardwood and riparian vegetation, virtually uninfluenced by flood control measures, comprise an important and unique natural area. The largest remaining stand of valley oak exists in this area, and the lower Consumnes is also an important waterfowl wintering area for many species and is of particular importance to the greater sandhill crane. The main stem provides a warmwater fishery and a small run of chinook salmon. The North and Middle Forks both possess self-sustaining wild rainbow and brown trout populations with warm water species including the Alabama spotted bass in the lowest reaches and Eastern brook trout found in the North Fork. Recreation use includes picnicking, swimming, hiking, fishing, camping, rock climbing, and river running (there are a variety of boating runs for paddlers of all skill levels, although the length of the boating season is curtailed by the relative low flow in the summer). Overall, the recreation potential is outstanding in view of the proximity of the Sacramento Metropolitan Area, although the limited number of river access points presently discourages use. Recreational Recreational, Other Upper Cosumnes 1993
Cosumnes River, North Fork Eldorado Steely Fork of the Cosumnes to confluence to Cosumnes River 25 The last remaining major Sierra Nevada stream system without significant water impoundments. The sloughs and marshes at the confluence with the Molkelumne River together with the adjoining hardwood and riparian vegetation, virtually uninfluenced by flood control measures, comprise an important and unique natural area. The largest remaining stand of valley oak exists in this area, and the lower Consumnes is also an important waterfowl wintering area for many species and is of particular importance to the greater sandhill crane. The main stem provides a warmwater fishery and a small run of chinook salmon. The North and Middle Forks both possess self-sustaining wild rainbow and brown trout populations with warm water species including the Alabama spotted bass in the lowest reaches and Eastern brook trout found in the North Fork. Recreation use includes picnicking, swimming, hiking, fishing, camping, rock climbing, and river running (there are a variety of boating runs for paddlers of all skill levels, although the length of the boating season is curtailed by the relative low flow in the summer). Overall, the recreation potential is outstanding in view of the proximity of the Sacramento Metropolitan Area, although the limited number of river access points presently discourages use. Recreational Recreational, Other Upper Cosumnes 1993
Cottonwood Creek, Middle Fork Shasta Trinity National Forest boundary downstream to Platina Road crossing 9 Middle segment is secluded, undeveloped, and physically demanding. Excellent for primitive outdoor experience. Recreational/Wild Recreational, Scenic Cottonwood Creek 1993
Cottonwood Creek, North Fork Shasta Misslebeck Dam to Platina Highway Bridge 11 Unspoiled, primitive setting in bottom of canyon, suitable for rugged backcountry hiking and expert kayaking. Scenic Recreational, Scenic Cottonwood Creek 1993
Cottonwood Creek, South Fork Tehama National Forest boundary to Cooks Flat 14 Very rugged, narrow sinuous, steep-walled canyon. Innumerable cascading rapids and small waterfalls. Opportunities for primitive types of outdoor experiences. Scenic/Wild Geologic, Recreational, Scenic Cottonwood Creek 1993
Deep Creek San Bernardino From Running Springs to I-6 Road Crossing 2 Scenic Fish, Scenic, Wildlife, Other Mojave 1993
Deep Creek San Bernardino 1 mile upstream from Running Springs 1 Scenic narrow gorge. Designated as Wild Trout Stream. Recreational Recreational, Other Mojave 1993
Deep Creek San Bernardino From Splinter's Cabin to Devil's Hole 3 Scenic Fish Mojave 1993
Deep Creek San Bernardino From I-6 Road Crossing to Splinter's Cabin 5 Recreational Fish, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Mojave 1993
Deer Creek Tehama Western edge of Ishi Wilderness down to Deer Creek Irrigation Ditch in Sec. 23, T.25 N., R.1 W. 8 Descends through long series of rapids in deep rough canyon. Camps and caves of Yahi Indian tribe. Peregrine falcon nesting area. Wild Geologic, Historic, Scenic, Wildlife Big Chico Creek-Sacramento River 1993
Deer Creek Tehama Deer Creek irrigation ditch to mouth. 11 Headwaters in rugged, forested mountains, passes through deep canyons with spectacular geologic formations; noted for being one of the most rugged areas in the State; portion proposed for wilderness designation; culturally significant nationwide as home of Ishi, last survivor of a stone age Indian Tribe; premium salmon and steelhead fishery; one of a few remaining Central Valley streams where spring-run salmon can reach ancestral spawning grounds; upper reaches provide excellent trout fishing and receive heavy recreational use; important raptor nesting area. Cultural, Fish, Geologic, Historic, Scenic Big Chico Creek-Sacramento River 1982/ 1993
Deer Creek Tehama Near private land in Sec. 35, T.26 N., R.2 E. to western National Forest boundary 8 Descends through long series of rapids in deep rough canyon. Camps and caves of Yahi Indian tribe. Peregrine falcon nesting area. Wild Cultural, Fish, Scenic Big Chico Creek-Sacramento River 1982/ 1993
Deer Creek Tehama Just west of Deer Creek crossing, Sec. 26, T.27 N., R.3 E. to just below confluence with Beaver Creek 6 Headwaters in rugged, forested mountains, passes through deep canyons with spectacular geologic formations; noted for being one of the most rugged areas in the State; portion proposed for wilderness designation; culturally significant nationwide as home of Ishi, last survivor of a stone age Indian Tribe; premium salmon and steelhead fishery; one of a few remaining Central Valley streams where spring-run salmon can reach ancestral spawning grounds; upper reaches provide excellent trout fishing and receive heavy recreational use; important raptor nesting area Wild Cultural, Fish, Scenic, Wildlife Big Chico Creek-Sacramento River 1982/ 1993
Deer Creek Tehama Junction of Deer Creek with highway 32 to just west of Deer Creek crossing, Sec. 26, T.27 N., R.3 E. 7 Headwaters in rugged, forested mountains, passes through deep canyons with spectacular geologic formations; noted for being one of the most rugged areas in the State; portion proposed for wilderness designation; culturally significant nationwide as home of Ishi, last survivor of a stone age Indian Tribe; premium salmon and steelhead fishery; one of a few remaining Central Valley streams where spring-run salmon can reach ancestral spawning grounds; upper reaches provide excellent trout fishing and receive heavy recreational use; important raptor nesting area Scenic Cultural, Fish, Scenic Big Chico Creek-Sacramento River 1993
Deer Creek Tehama Elam Creek Campground to junction of Deer Creek with Highway 32 9 Deep canyons, falls and cascades, and rugged, forested mountains. Spring and fall runs of chinook salmon and steelhead. Associated with Ishi's habitation as the last Yahi-Yana Indian in early 1900's. Recreational Fish, Scenic Big Chico Creek-Sacramento River 1982/ 1993
Deer Creek Tehama Just below confluence with Beaver Creek to near private land in Sec. 35, T.26 N., R.2 E. 2 Headwaters in rugged, forested mountains, passes through deep canyons with spectacular geologic formations; noted for being one of the most rugged areas in the State; portion proposed for wilderness designation; culturally significant nationwide as home of Ishi, last survivor of a stone age Indian Tribe; premium salmon and steelhead fishery; one of a few remaining Central Valley streams where spring-run salmon can reach ancestral spawning grounds; upper reaches provide excellent trout fishing and receive heavy recreational use; important raptor nesting area. Cultural, Fish Big Chico Creek-Sacramento River 1982/ 1993
Disaster Creek Tuolumne Headwater to Clark Fork 5 Wild Other Upper Stanislaus 1993
Dog Creek Mono Sec. 15, T.3 N., R.25 E. to Virginia Creek in Sec. 35, T.4 N., R.25 E. 8 Historic mining shelters. Naturally, reproductive population of brown trout. Biological diversity. Recreational Fish, Historic, Wildlife East Walker 1993
Eagle Creek Tuolumne Headwater to Middle Fork Stanislaus 8 Scenic/Wild Other Upper Stanislaus 1993
Eel River, Middle Fork Mendocino, Trinity From headwaters to beginning of WSR segment at southern boundary of Yolla Bolly Wilderness Area 14 Headwaters in Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness Area; well scoured, rugged river channel flows through deep, steepsided canyons with numerous large, deep pools and extensive stands of coniferous forest in upper reaches, mountainous, grasslands downstream; premium salmon and steelhead stream; provides outstanding habitat for spring-run steelhead; outstanding white water boating stream; provides important habitat for two endangered species of raptors; significant, high densities of prehistoric sites. Recreational, Fish, Wildlife, Cultural South Fork Trinity 1982
Eel River, North Fork Mendocino, Trinity From headwaters to beginning of WSR segment at the old Gilman Ranch. 1 Rugged and primitive stream flows through rockfaced canyons and mountainous terrain; oak chaparral, grassland vegetation; spectacular cataracts in lower portion; supports important anadromous fish runs, especially outstanding winter-run steelhead fishery; offers scenic whitewater runs in a remote, primitive setting. Scenic, Fish Lower Eel 1982
Eel River, South Fork Mendicino From headwaters to beginning of WSR segment at confluence with Section Four Creek. 4 Source arises from a profusion of small creeks; boulder strewn channel marked by riffles and pools flows through the virgin redwood groves of Humboldt Redwood State Park and giant old-growth Douglas fir stands of Elder Creek National Natural Landmark; supports important anadromous fish runs; upper portions provide extensive chinook salmon habitat. Scenic, Fish Big-Navarro-Garcia 1982
Fall River Shasta Headwaters to Pit River intake dam 22 The Fall River is noted as one of the State's and Nation's outstanding trophy wild trout fisheries and is managed by the State as a wild trout stream. The river flows through a pastoral setting with views of Mt. Shasta, Mt. Lassen, and other volcanic formations. Fish Lower Pit 1982
Fall River Butte, Plumas Lake Oroville State Recreation Area in NE 1/4 of Sec. 34, T.21 N., R.6 E. to Nelsons Crossing at SE 1/4 of Sec. 20, T.21 N., R.7 E. 5 Feather Falls has vertical drop of 640 feet, sixth highest waterfall in U.S. In rugged box canyon heavily vegetated with mixed conifer species and hardwoods. Excellent trout fishing. Wild Fish, Recreational, Scenic Lower Pit 1993
Feather River Sutter, Yuba, Butte Highway 162 crossing in Oroville to Southern Pacific railroad crossing north of Yuba City 36 River channel characterized by low wooded banks and clear, slow moving water flowing through marsh and agricultural fields downstream; outstanding wildlife and riparian habitat; outstanding salmon and steelhead fishery; State maintained 9,000 acre wildlife management area and salmon hatchery near Oroville provides significant spawning grounds for fall chinook salmon, American shad and stripped bass; provides good flat water recreation opportunities. Fish, Recreational, Wildlife, Other Honcut Headwaters-Lower Feather 1982
George Creek Inyo Inyo National Forest boundary in Sec. 6, T.15 S., R.35 E. to City of Los Angeles land in Sec. 27, T.14 S., R.35 E. 5 Contrast of seasonal variation of riparian vegetation color with dark shrublands. Good population of wild brown trout. Recreational Fish, Wildlife, Other Owens Lake 1993
Green Creek Mono Sec. 33, T.4 N., R.25 E. to Sec. 28, T.4 N., R.25 E. 3 Excellent, naturally, reproducing population of brown trout. Biological diversity. Recreational Fish, Wildlife East Walker 1993
Gualala River Mendocino, Sonoma Confluence of South Fork Gualala River to mouth 3 River mouth distinguished by a broad tidal estuary culminating in a large sand bar often closed in summer months; stream banks characterized by 2nd growth conifers and oak-grass-lands in upper reaches and dense redwood stands along lower stream banks; course parallels San Andreas Fault; supports fall and winter steelhead and coho salmon runs; resident rainbow trout found in upper reaches; popular sports fishery for nearby metropolitan areas and local fishermen. Fish, Recreational, Scenic Gualala-Salmon 1982
Gualala River, South Fork Mendocino, Sonoma Headwaters to confluence of Gualala River 37 River mouth distinguished by a broad tidal estuary culminating in a large sand bar often closed in summer months; stream banks characterized by 2nd growth conifers and oak-grass-lands in upper reaches and dense redwood stands along lower stream banks; course parallels San Andreas Fault; supports fall and winter steelhead and coho salmon runs; resident rainbow trout found in upper reaches; popular sports fishery for nearby metropolitan areas and local fishermen. Fish, Recreational, Scenic Gualala-Salmon 1982
Gualala River, Wheatfield Fork Sonoma Headwaters to confluence with South Fork Gualala River 35 Scenic, relatively undeveloped, boulder-strewn stream flowing from source area covered with grasses and scrub vegetation to lower reaches offering intermittent forest corridors including coast redwood. Some canoe and kayak use from Clark's Crossing to confluence with the South Fork Gualala. The Wheatfield Fork and its tributaries provide important spawning and rearing habitat for steelhead trout and coho salmon. There is also a self-sufficient resident rainbow trout fishery in the upper reaches and main tributaries. Fish, Scenic Gualala-Salmon 1982
Hot Creek Mono Inyo National Forest boundary in Sec. 30, T.3 S., R.29 E. to Sec. 19, T.3 S., R.29 E. 2 Good example of surface thermal flow and thermal features in eastern Sierra. Excellent naturally, reproducing brown trout population. Recreational Fish, Geologic, Wildlife, Other Crowley Lake 1993
Independence Creek Inyo Inyo National Forest boundary in Sec. 26, T.13 S., R.35 E. to City of Los Angeles land in Sec. 19, T.13 S., R.35 E. 3 Excellent quality riparian vegetation scenically enhanced by large, old-growth Jeffrey pine. Naturally reproducing wild brown trout population. Recreational Fish, Recreational, Wildlife, Other Owens Lake 1993
Kaweah River, Marble Fork Tulare Entire segment within Sequoia National Park 15 One of most spectacular water-courses in California. Drops 9,000 feet in estimated 17 miles with cascades and falls. Rec/Wild/Scenic Geologic, Scenic Upper Kaweah 1993
Kaweah River, Middle Fork Tulare Entire segment within Sequoia National Park 19 Plunges through a very rugged and spectacular canyon. In lower reaches has riparian oasis character owing to dry surroundings. Rec/Wild/Scenic Geologic, Scenic Upper Kaweah 1993
Kern River, Lower Kern Below Lake Isabella Dam at Borel Powerhouse downstream to Democrat Dam 21 Has diversity of recreation opportunities. Scenic contrast of canyon gorge to adjacent valley. Provides only known habitat for unique species of slender salamander. Scenic Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Middle Kern-Upper Tehachapi-Grapevine 1993
Kern River, South Fork Kern, Tulare Southern boundary of the Domelands Wilderness in the Sequoia National Forest to Lake Isabella 17 Totally free-flowing, descends through deep gorges with large granite outcroppings and domes interspersed with open meadows; numerous waterfalls and rapids in gorges; majority within existing or proposed wilderness areas; dramatic diversity in vegetation; outstanding riparian habitat; existence of several rare species; premium trout fishery in upper reaches; ancestral home of golden trout, the State fish of California; numerous historic and prehistoric sites, significant cultural resource area Cultural, Fish, Scenic, Other South Fork Kern 1982
Kings River Fresno From Pine Flat Reservoir to the beginning of King's Wild and Scenic River designation 19 One of the largest rivers flowing down western slopes of the Sierras: wooded streambank line boulder-studded watercourse with premium whitewater and several cataracts; State designated Wild Trout Stream; numerous Native American village sites; remnants of one of the longest logging flumes in the world and other historic artifacts create an area of historic and cultural significance; outstanding whitewater rafting in the lower reaches. Cultural, Fish, Historic, Recreational, Scenic Upper King 1993
Klamath River, Upper Siskiyou Oregon-California stateline to slackwater of Copco Reservoir in California 6 High quality and diversity in wildlife habitat. Whitewater boating and fishing. Pit house villages, fishing, hunting, and gathering camps. Scenic Fish, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Upper Klamath 1982/ 1993
Lily Creek Tuolumne Lily Creek 12 Scenic/Wild Other Upper Tuolumne 1982/ 1993
Long Valley Creek Tuolumne Headwaters to confluence with Middle Fork to Stanislaus River 5 Scenic/Wild Other Upper Stanislaus 1993
Lytle Creek, Middle Fork San Bernardino Headwaters to Cucamonga Wilderness boundary 2 Vegetation ranges from coniferous trees on slopes at high elevations to sycamores and cottonwoods in riparian areas at lower elevations. Scenic Scenic Santa Ana 1993
Lytle Creek, South Fork San Bernardino South Fork Lytle Creek in its entirety 5 Scenic, fish, and wildlife values. Scenic Fish, Scenic, Wildlife Santa Ana 1993
Mattole River Humbolt, Mendocino Headwaters to mouth. 72 Upper portion in redwood forest; flows through steep fir-covered canyons that have been heavily logged in places; lower reaches flow into an open alluvial plain with large meandering loops leading to a broad tidal estuary; flows parallel to east boundary of King Range Conservation Area; supports important anadromous salmon spawning and nursery habitat. Fish Mattole 1982
McCloud River Siskiyou, Shasta Angel Creek to confluence with Huckelberry Creek, at northern tip of McCloud Reservoir 2 One of most natural looking streams in northern California; flows through beautiful old growth Douglas fir forests in a series of riffles, pools and rapids; State designated Wild Trout Stream; only known population of Dolly Varden Trout (bull trout) in State; excellent rainbow trout fishery with eggs shipped all over world beginning in 1872 for 65 years; numerous well preserved Indian Village sites and a National Historic District occur along the river. Recreational Fish, Geologic, Scenic McCloud 1982/ 1993
McCloud River Siskiyou, Shasta Bartle in Sec. 3, T.39 N., R.1 E., to National Forest boundary near Lower Falls in Sec. 12, T.39 N., R.2 W. 18 High quality trout fishing. Seg. 1 meanders through gently sloping volcanic terrain. Downstream are numerous waterfalls, including Upper and Middle Falls. Recreational Fish, Geologic, Scenic McCloud 1982/ 1993
McCloud River Siskiyou, Shasta Headwaters to Bartle in Sec. 3, T.39 N., R.1 E. 7 Upper reaches meander through a gentle forest plateau with interspersed meadows and several popular campgrounds; then descends into a heavily forested canyon below a series of picturesque waterfalls; Big Springs, a unique geological feature, increases river flow ten fold below falls; excellent opportunities for camping and picnicking and some swimming above falls; premium trout stream. Fish, Recreational McCloud 1982
McCloud River Shasta McCloud Dam to Lake Shasta 24 One of most natural looking streams in northern California; flows through beautiful old growth Douglas fir forests in a series of riffles, pools and rapids; State designated Wild Trout Stream; only known population of Dolly Varden Trout (bull trout) in State; excellent rainbow trout fishery with eggs shipped all over world beginning in 1872 for 65 years; numerous well preserved Indian Village sites and a National Historic District occur along the river. Cultural, Fish, Historic, Scenic McCloud 1982
McCloud River Siskiyou, Shasta Lower Falls downstream to confluence with Angel Creek 6 One of most natural looking streams in northern California; flows through beautiful old growth Douglas fir forests in a series of riffles, pools and rapids; State designated Wild Trout Stream; only known population of Dolly Varden Trout (bull trout) in State; excellent rainbow trout fishery with eggs shipped all over world beginning in 1872 for 65 years; numerous well preserved Indian Village sites and a National Historic District occur along the river. Scenic Fish, Geologic, Scenic McCloud 1982/ 1993
Merced River, North Fork Mariposa Headwater to Forest boundary 13 Scenic/Wild Cultural, Geologic, Historic, Other Upper Merced 1993
Merced River, North Fork From Forest boundary to its confluence with the Merced River. 7 This river is under Congressional study for designation to the Wild and Scenic River System. It is currently under the full protection of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act pursuant to Section 7 (b) of the Act. Cultural, Geologic, Historic, Other Upper Merced 1993
Mill Creek Tehama Entire segment within Lassen Volcanic National Park 0 Meanders through mountain meadows and heavily forested areas. Highest spawning elevations and longest tributaries ascended by spring-run chinook salmon in CA.. Scenic Cultural, Fish, Historic, Scenic Thomes Creek-Sacramento River 1982/ 1993
Mill Creek Tehama Lassen NF boundary to gauging station above power line in Sec. 6, T.25 N., R.1 W. 14 Spectacular gorges with caves in walls, small waterfalls and pools. Nesting area for several species of raptors. Village, camps, petroglyphs, and caves related to Yahi Indian tribe. Wild Cultural, Historic, Scenic, Wildlife, Other Thomes Creek-Sacramento River 1982/ 1993
Mill Creek Tehama Just below Highway 36 crossing to 1/2 mile downstream from Hole-in-the-Ground 6 Spectacular canyon bordered by steep basalt cliffs. Supports highest elevation run of Chinook salmon. Raptor and river otter habitats. Archeological and cultural significance associated with ancestral home of Ishi. Recreational Fish Thomes Creek-Sacramento River 1982/ 1993
Mill Creek Tehama 1/2 mile downstream from Hole-in-the-Ground to just east of Black Rock 15 Spectacular canyon bordered by steep basalt cliffs. Supports highest elevation run of Chinook salmon. Raptor and river otter habitats. Archeological and cultural significance associated with ancestral home of Ishi. Wild Fish Thomes Creek-Sacramento River 1982/ 1993
Mill Creek Tehama Just east of Black Rock to one mile downstream of Black Rock 2 Spectacular canyon bordered by steep basalt cliffs. Supports highest elevation run of Chinook salmon. Raptor and river otter habitats. Archeological and cultural significance associated with ancestral home of Ishi. Scenic Cultural, Fish, Geologic, Scenic, Wildlife, Other Thomes Creek-Sacramento River 1982/ 1993
Mill Creek Tehama One mile downstream of Black Rock to western National Forest boundary 9 Spectacular canyon bordered by steep basalt cliffs. Supports highest elevation run of Chinook salmon. Raptor and river otter habitats. Archeological and cultural significance associated with ancestral home of Ishi. Wild Cultural, Fish, Geologic, Scenic, Wildlife, Other Thomes Creek-Sacramento River 1982/ 1993
Mokelumne River, North Fork Amador, Calaveras, Alpine Highland Lake to Wilderness boundary 10 Recreational Recreational, Scenic Upper Mokelumne 1993
Mokelumne River, North Fork Amador, Calaveras, Alpine Wilderness Boundary to Salt Springs 20 Wild Fish, Geologic, Recreational, Scenic Upper Mokelumne 1993
Mokelumne River, North Fork Amador, Calaveras Salt Springs Reservoir downstream to Bruce Crossing 4 Well over 100 prehistoric sites in Mokelumne Canyon, ranging from simple food processing stations, to complex village sites. Rock slides and petroglyphs. Recreational Cultural, Historic Upper Mokelumne 1993
Mokelumne River, North Fork Amador, Calaveras Bruce Crossing to Forest boundary at Sec. 19, T.7 N., R.14 E., M.D.M. 14 Well over 100 prehistoric sites in Mokelumne Canyon, ranging from simple food processing stations, to complex village sites. Rock slides and petroglyphs. Wild Cultural, Historic Upper Mokelumne 1993
Navarro River including Rancheria Creek Mendocino Headwaters of Rancheria Creek to mouth 65 Upper reaches flow through oak-grasslands and 2nd growth conifers, lower portion meanders alluvial flats covered with 100 year old redwoods; links units of the State Park system; excellent opportunities for flatwater recreation; supports important anadromous fish runs; supports best fish populations of any Mendocino coastal stream. Fish, Recreational, Scenic Big-Navarro-Garcia 1982
Niagara Creek Tuolumne Highway 108 to Donnell Reservoir 2 Scenic Geologic, Scenic Upper Stanislaus 1993
Olema Creek Marin Entire segment within Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area 8 Spawning stream for steelhead trout and coho salmon. Lies within agricultural grazing lands. Unspoiled, pastoral scene. Scenic Fish, Scenic Tomales-Drake Bays 1993
Pacific Creek Alpine Headwaters to confluence with North Fork Mokelumne 5 Recreational/Wild Scenic, Other Upper Mokelumne 1993
Paynes Creek Tehama Natural gas pipeline near State Highway 36 to confluence with Sacramento River 7 Extensive dense riparian growth. Critical habitat for wildlife. Recreational/Wild Scenic, Other Paynes Creek-Sacramento River 1993
Piru Creek Ventura, Los Angeles Boundary between Los Angeles and Ventura Counties to Lake Piru 13 Narrow channel winds through tight rocky canyons; large boulders in stream bed; access by trail only; provides unique opportunity for nearby urban areas to recreate in a relatively primitive environment; provides key habitiat for endangered California condor. Wild Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Santa Clara 1982
Pit River Shasta, Lassen Bieber to Lake Britton 59 Flows through fairly open countryside; majority flows through volcanic rock gorge 400' deep; distinctive scenery for region; one of the better raptor nesting locations in northern California. Scenic, Wildlife Upper Pit 1982
Redwood Creek Humboldt Entire segment within Redwood National Park 19 World's tallest measured trees grow along Redwood Creek, including first, third, and sixth in the Tall Trees grove. Scenic Scenic, Other Mad-Redwood 1982/ 1993
Redwood Creek Humboldt Headwaters to Southern border of Redwood National Park 42 Upper reaches traverse heavily logged, mountainous terrain; lower half flows through stands of virgin and second growth redwoods in Redwood National Park; world's tallest measured trees border streambed; access limited to trails inside park; supports important anadromous fish runs. Fish, Scenic, Other Mad-Redwood 1982
Relief Creek Tuolumne Headwaters to confluence with Summit Creek 5 Wild Scenic Upper Stanislaus 1993
Rock Creek Inyo Inyo National Forest boundary in Sec. 20, T.5 S., R.30 E. to Sec. 29, T.5 S., R.30 E. 2 Series of cascades. Dense and excellent quality riparian vegetation with old growth Jeffrey pine trees. Recreational Geologic, Recreational, Other Crowley Lake 1993
Rough Creek Mono Sec. 31, T.5 N., R.27 E. to Sec. 9, T.5 N., R.27 E. 4 Excellent quality Lahontan cutthroat and wild rainbow trout. Biological diversity. Wild Fish, Wildlife East Walker 1993
Rubicon River El Dorado, Placer Big Grizzly Canyon to Oxbow Reservoir 10 Flows in an impressive steep walled, V-shaped incision as deep as 2,400'; many small waterfalls, water caves and cascades; distinctive smooth cliffs and boulder beaches; State designated Wild Trout Stream; entire segment flooded by 1964 breach in Hell Hole Dam- provides unique opportunity to study recovery of river environment from dam breaches; confirmed habitat of sensitive golden eagle. Scenic Fish North Fork American 1982/ 1993
Rubicon River El Dorado, Placer Ellicotts Bridge to confluence of Big Grizzly Canyon 12 Flows in an impressive steep walled, V-shaped incision as deep as 2,400'; many small waterfalls, water caves and cascades; distinctive smooth cliffs and boulder beaches; State designated Wild Trout Stream; entire segment flooded by 1964 breach in Hell Hole Dam- provides unique opportunity to study recovery of river environment from dam breaches; confirmed habitat of sensitive golden eagle. Scenic Fish North Fork American 1982/ 1993
Rubicon River El Dorado, Placer Base of Hell Hole Dam to Ellicotts Bridge 9 Designated California Wild Trout Stream. Scenic Fish North Fork American 1982/ 1993
Russian River Mendocino Confluence with Robinson Creek below Ukiah to mouth 92 Upper portion flows through broad agricultureal valley, while the lower reaches are surrounded by scenic, steep, redwood-covered slopes. Its gentle gradient and regulated summer flow make it an extremely popular canoeing stream for ameteur boaters. Notable scenic and fishery values (anadromous fishery of steelhead, shad and coho salmon and a resident warm water fishery), and its accessibility (especially to the San Francisco Bay Area) combine to make the Russian River an intensively used recreation resource. Recreational Russian 1982
Sacramento River Tehama Balls Ferry Bridge to gaging station below Sevenmile Creek. 26 Aboriginal villages. High value fishery resource of salmon, steelhead, and trout. Boat and shoreline fishing. Rec/Wild/Scenic Cultural, Fish, Historic, Other, Recreational, Scenic Butte Creek 1982/ 1993
Sacramento River Tehama, Shasta Interstate Highway 5 bridge crossing at Anderson to Balls Ferry Bridge. 9 Segment characterized by clear, fast moving water, several islands, a stretch of rapids and scenic canyon areas; outstanding riparian habitat; habitat of State listed rare California yellowbilled cuckoo and giant garter snake; State's most important chinook salmon spawning grounds; supports large populations of steelhead and rainbow trout; segment receives intense recreation use with fishing as the most popular activity. Fish, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife, Other Butte Creek 1982
Sacramento River Tehama, Shasta Gaging station below Sevenmile Creek to Interstate Highway 5 bridge crossing immediately north of Red Bluff. 4 Segment characterized by clear, fast moving water, several islands, a stretch of rapids and scenic canyon areas; outstanding riparian habitat; habitat of State listed rare California yellowbilled cuckoo and giant garter snake; State's most important chinook salmon spawning grounds; supports large populations of steelhead and rainbow trout; segment receives intense recreation use with fishing as the most popular activity. Fish, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife, Other Butte Creek 1982
Sacramento River Colusa, Glenn, Butte, Tehema Red Bluff Diversion Dam to Arnold Bend above Colusa 96 State's largest river; meanders over a wide area with numerous islands and oxbow lakes; swift moving river isolated from surrounding civilization by a narrow band of dense riparian vegetation; supports important anadromous fish populations for chinook salmon, steelhead, American shad, striped bass and white sturgeon; excellent rafting and boating opportunities; provides important and popular recreation resource to surrounding urban areas. Fish, Recreational Butte Creek 1982
Salmon River, North Fork (Extension) Siskiyou Headwaters at English Lake within Marble Mountain Wilderness to up-river terminus of Klamath Wild and Scenic River 9 Anadramous fish habitat; scenery; and recreation opportunities Wild Fish, Recreational, Scenic, Other Salmon 1982/ 1993
Salmon River, South Fork Siskiyou From Blind Horse Creek to Cecilville Bridge 8 Narrow, confined rocky channel flows through steep canyons with interspersed valleys and limestone bluffs in lower reaches; headwaters in glaciated Trinity Alps and proposed for wilderness designation; premium spawning and nursery anadromous fish habitat; offers a short challenging whitewater run. Recreational Cultural, Fish Salmon 1982/ 1993
Salmon River, South Fork Siskiyou Confluence of tributaries in Section 6 near Black Mountain to Blind Horse Creek 11 Narrow, confined rocky channel flows through steep canyons with interspersed valleys and limestone bluffs in lower reaches; headwaters in glaciated Trinity Alps and proposed for wilderness designation; premium spawning and nursery anadromous fish habitat; offers a short challenging whitewater run. Wild Cultural, Fish, Geologic, Scenic Salmon 1982/ 1993
San Joaquin River Madera Confluence with Middle and North Forks to Mammoth Pool Reservoir 15 Segment includes the Middle Fork San Joaquin River. Fish, Geologic, Scenic Upper San Joaquin 1982
San Joaquin River, Middle Fork Madera Rainbow Falls to confluence of North Fork San Joaquin River 10 One of few remaining completely free-flowing High Sierra rivers with minimal manmade intrusions. Spectacular domes and deep granitic canyons. Numerous recreational opportunities. Wild Fish, Geologic Upper San Joaquin 1982/ 1993
San Joaquin River, Middle Fork Madera Soda Springs foot bridge to Rainbow Falls 2 One of few remaining completely free-flowing High Sierra rivers with minimal manmade intrusions. Spectacular domes and deep granitic canyons. Numerous recreational opportunities. Scenic Fish, Geologic Upper San Joaquin 1982/ 1993
San Joaquin River, Middle Fork Madera Agnew Meadows to Soda Springs foot bridge in Devils Post Pile National Monument 5 One of few remaining completely free-flowing High Sierra rivers with minimal manmade intrusions. Spectacular domes and deep granitic canyons. Numerous recreational opportunities. Recreational Fish, Geologic Upper San Joaquin 1982/ 1993
San Joaquin River, Middle Fork Madera Headwaters to Agnew Meadows on Inyo National Forest 9 Flows through 2000' foot canyon with steep, rocky, sides; sheer granite walls and impressive domes; numerous rapids including spectacular Rainbow Falls; most of river impassable by foot or raft and unroaded; scenic vistas of surrounding majestic peaks of John Muir and Minarets Wilderness Areas; Middle Fork flows through Devil's Postpile National Monument, one of the best examples of columnar basalt in the world; all but lowest three miles within existing wilderness area or proposed for wilderness designation; excellent native trout fishery. Wild Fish, Geologic Upper San Joaquin 1982/ 1993
San Joaquin River, North Fork Merced Cora Creek to confluence of main fork of the San Joaquin River 6 Totally roadless; area is highly scenic with excellent close-up views of snowfields, the Minarets Peaks and other peaks on the crest of the Sierras; brown and pink shades of metamorphic rock greatly enhance scenic beauty of the upper river area; excellent native trout fishery. Wild Cultural, Geologic, Recreational, Wildlife Upper San Joaquin 1982/ 1993
San Joaquin River, North Fork Merced Headwaters to Hemlock Crossing 8 Outstanding metavolcanic rock, a glaciated valley with deep narrow canyons. Excellent wildlife range with peregrine falcon and deer. Hiking, fishing, and camping. Wild Geologic, Recreational Upper San Joaquin 1982/ 1993
San Joaquin River, North Fork Merced Hemlock Crossing to Cora Creek 4 Totally roadless; area is highly scenic with excellent close-up views of snowfields, the Minarets Peaks and other peaks on the crest of the Sierras; brown and pink shades of metamorphic rock greatly enhance scenic beauty of the upper river area; excellent native trout fishery. Wild Cultural, Geologic, Scenic, Wildlife Upper San Joaquin 1982/ 1993
San Joaquin River, South Fork Fresno Entire segment within Kings Canyon National Park 13 Mountain river of stunning beauty, flowing through series of rugged glacial canyons including rapids and falls. Portion of river paralleled by John Muir/Pacific Crest Trail. Wild Recreational, Scenic Upper San Joaquin 1982/ 1993
San Joaquin River, South Fork Fresno Boundary of N.P. and Sierra National Forest to Hot Springs area 3 Classic glaciated valleys, peaks with granite gorge and domes. Nature study, camping, and fishing. Traditional Indian sites. Wild Geologic, Scenic Upper San Joaquin 1982/ 1993
San Joaquin River, South Fork Fresno Hot Springs area to west end of Blayney Meadows 2 Classic glaciated valleys, peaks with granite gorge and domes. Nature study, camping, and fishing. Traditional Indian sites. Recreational Scenic, Wildlife Upper San Joaquin 1982/ 1993
San Joaquin River, South Fork Fresno West end of Blayney Meadows area to South-east end of Florence Lake 2 Classic glaciated valleys, peaks with granite gorge and domes. Nature study, camping, and fishing. Traditional Indian sites. Scenic Scenic, Wildlife Upper San Joaquin 1982/ 1993
Santa Ana River San Bernardino Heart Bar and Coon Creeks to Filaree Flat 14 Receives high levels of recreation use, primarily camping. Recreational, Other Santa Ana 1993
Santa Ana River San Bernardino Filare Flat to Bear Creek 4 Outstanding native trout fishery. Scenic Other Santa Ana 1993
Santa Ana River, South Fork San Bernardino Headwaters to Santa Ana River 6 Includes Segments 3, 4, and 5. Receives high levels of recreation. Wild Recreational, Other Santa Ana 1993
Sespe Creek Ventura Headwaters to Rock & Howard Creek 23 Broad, rocky channel, numerous large pools and relatively steep chaparral covered slopes in upper reaches; lower reaches confined to narrow channel with nearly vertical cliffs, large bolders, picturesque pools and riffles; excellent examples of red sandstone beds (Sespe formation); important recreation resource providing a wide range of opportunities; lower portion flows through Sespe Condor Sanctuary; best trout stream in Southern California. Fish, Geologic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Santa Clara 1982
Sespe Creek Ventura Devils Gate to Section 26, Township 5 N., Range 20 W. 1 Broad, rocky channel, numerous large pools and relatively steep chaparral covered slopes in upper reaches; lower reaches confined to narrow channel with nearly vertical cliffs, large bolders, picturesque pools and riffles; excellent examples of red sandstone beds (Sespe formation); important recreation resource providing a wide range of opportunities; lower portion flows through Sespe Condor Sanctuary; best trout stream in Southern California. Fish, Geologic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Santa Clara 1982
Shasta River Siskiyou State Highway 263 bridge downstream to confluence with Klamath River 3 Single most important Chinook spawning tributary in Klamath River drainage. Recreational Fish, Scenic Shasta 1993
Squaw Valley Creek Shasta Beartrap Creek to McCloud River 7 Scenic qualities; topographic and water features, including rapids , waterfalls, and quiet pools. Prehistoric Indian tribe used entire drainage. Scenic Fish, Scenic McCloud 1993
Squaw Valley Creek Shasta Cabin Creek to Beartrap Creek 5 Scenic qualities; topographic and water features, including rapids , waterfalls, and quiet pools. Prehistoric Indian tribe used entire drainage. Wild Fish, Scenic McCloud 1993
Stanislaus River Calaveras, Tuolumne North/Middle Fork Stanislaus to Clark Flat 2 Broad, deep and rugged, V-shaped, river-cut canyon. Ponderosa pine and oak woodland. Rapids, cascades and pools. Hiking and fishing. Wild Recreational, Scenic Upper Stanislaus 1993
Stanislaus River, Middle Fork Tuolumne Sand Bar to North Fork Stanislaus River 12 Wild Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Upper Stanislaus 1993
Stanislaus River, Middle Fork Tuolumne Beardsley Reservoir/Afterbay to Sand Bar 5 Scenic Cultural, Fish, Historic, Wildlife Upper Stanislaus 1993
Stanislaus River, Middle Fork Tuolumne Donnell Reservoir to Hells Half Acre 8 Scenic/Wild Scenic, Wildlife Upper Stanislaus 1993
Stanislaus River, Middle Fork Tuolumne Clark Fork confluence to Donnell Reservoir 3 Wild Scenic Upper Stanislaus 1993
Stanislaus River, Middle Fork Tuolumne Relief Reservoir to Clark Fork confluence 13 Recreational Geologic, Recreational, Scenic, Other Upper Stanislaus 1993
Stanislaus River, North Fork Calaveras, Tuolumne, Alpine Highland Creek to McKays Reservoir 19 Deep, U-shaped, glacially carved canyon through granitics with some glacial moraines. Rapids, cascades and pools. Fishing, hiking, swimming, camping and whitewater boating. Spotted owl habitat. Recreational/Wild Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife, Other Upper Stanislaus 1982/ 1993
Stanislaus River, North Fork Calaveras, Tuolumne, Alpine McKays Reservoir to Middle Fork Stanislaus River 8 Deep, V-shaped, river-cut canyon with rapids, cascades and pools. Scattered ponderosa pine and oak woodland. Hiking and fishing. Wild Recreational, Scenic Upper Stanislaus 1992/ 1993
Stanislaus River, North Fork Calaveras, Alpine Utica Reservoir to Highland Creek 7 Deep, U-shaped, glacially carved canyon through granitics with some glacial moraines. Rapids, cascades and pools. Fishing, hiking, swimming, camping and whitewater boating. Spotted owl habitat. Fish, Scenic Upper Stanislaus 1993
Stanislaus River, South Fork Tuolumne Headwaters to Pinecrest Lake 14 Geologic, Recreational, Scenic, Other Upper Stanislaus 1993
Sulphur Creek Shasta Entire segment within Lassen Volcanic National Park 3 Joins with East Fork of Sulphur Creek to form Mill Creek in a thermal spring area. Wild Cultural, Fish, Historic, Scenic Thomes Creek-Sacramento River 1993
Sulphur Creek, East Fork Shasta Entire segment within Lassen Volcanic National Park 3 Joins with Sulphur Creek to form Mill Creek in a thermal spring area. Wild Cultural, Fish, Historic, Scenic Thomes Creek-Sacramento River 1993
Summit Creek Tuolumne Summit Creek Headwaters to Relief Reservoir 8 Wild Scenic, Other Upper Stanislaus 1993
Trinity River, North Fork Trinity Headwaters in Sec. 24, T.8 N., R.12 W to south boundary of Trinity Alps Wilderness in Sec. 32, T.36 N., R.11 W. 13 Rugged topography, waterfalls, pools and rapids. Remnants of old gold mining activities. Excellent native trout and anadromous fish habitat. Wild Fish, Scenic Trinity 1982/ 1993
Trinity River, South Fork Trinity Headwaters to WSR designation near the California State Highway 36 bridge crossing. 30 Narrow stream bed with heavy forest cover in upper reaches, broad devastated floodplain in Hyampom Valley, steep V-shaped canyons of boulders and bedrock in lower reaches; supports important anadromous fishery; potential for restoration from flood damage through natural sediment flushing and good watershed management could increase spawning habitat for endangered bald eagle. Fish, Wildlife South Fork Trinity 1982
Tuolumne River, Middle Fork Tuolumne Entire segment within Yosemite National Park 18 Has relatively undisturbed condition. Wild Other Upper Tuolumne 1982/ 1993
Tuolumne River, Middle Fork Tuolumne East boundary of Yosemite National Park to confluence with South Fork Tuolumne River 14 Headwaters in Yosemite National Park; flows through a narrow, heavily forested corridor with an abrubt descent to the main stem of the Tolumne; provides a scenic backdrop for recreational opportunities; numerous organizational camps and public campgrounds along the river corridor; supports good native fishery Recreational, Scenic Upper Tuolumne 1982
Tuolumne River, South Fork Toulumne Middle Fork Tuolumne to confluence with Toulumne River 2 Downstream the river is characterized by a series of small waterfalls and rapids; provides excellent recreation opportunities for hiking, camping and trout fishing Scenic Scenic, Other Upper Tuolumne 1982/ 1993
Tuolumne River, South Fork Tuolumne East boundary of Yosemite National Park to confluence with Middle Fork Tuolumne River 12 Headwaters in Yosemite National Park; downstream the river is characterized by a series of small waterfalls and rapids; provides excellent recreation opportunities for hiking, camping and trout fishing; four prehistoric Mi-Wok Indian sites have been identified, one with National Register significance. Cultural, Scenic Upper Tuolumne 1982
Tuolumne River, South Fork Tuolumne Entire segment within Yosemite National Park 15 Has relatively undisturbed condition. Wild Cultural, Scenic Upper Tuolumne 1982/ 1993
Van Duzen River Humboldt, Trinity Headwaters to Dinsmure Bridge 26 River varies from flowing through oak-fir-grasslands in upper reaches to redwoods and alluvial pasturelands in lower reaches; borders Grizzly Creek Redwood State Park; provides important anadromous fish habitat for salmon and both spring and winter-run steelhead; two endangered species of raptors are known to nest and/or frequent the area. Fish, Scenic, Wildlife Lower Eel 1982
Virgin Creek Trinity Headwaters to confluence with New River 13 Flows through narrow, deep gorge, mixed coniferous forest in rugged mountainous terrain, premium spawning habitat for chinook salmon and steelhead; fall and spring-runs of anadromous fish; numerous historic mining and homesteading sites. Fish Trinity 1982
Virginia Creek Mono Toiyabe National Forest boundary in Sec. 34, T.3 N., R.25 E. to Conway Ranch Diversion (upper 1.25 miles). 2 Excellent naturally reproducing population of brown trout. First mining settlement (1857) in eastern Sierra of consequential value. Fishing and camping. Recreational Fish, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife East Walker 1993
Virginia Creek Mono Confluence with Dog Creek to Sec. 27, T.4 N., R.25 E. (lower 1 mile) 1 Excellent naturally reproducing population of brown trout. First mining settlement (1857) in eastern Sierra of consequential value. Fishing and camping. Recreational Fish, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife East Walker 1993
Walker River, East Mono Bridgeport Reservoir to CA/NV border 8 In top 10 percent of free-flowing rivers in Great Basin Province by NPS. History of Great Basin Indian tribes recorded in petroglyphs. Cultural, Recreational, Scenic, Other East Walker 1993
Walker River, West Mono (CA), Lyon (NV), Douglas (NV) Rock Creek to confluence with Walker River 55 Originating in the eastern slopes of the Sierras, water course swiftly descends first through glaciated alpine meadows then ponderosa pine forests before entering the broad expanse of the Great Basin; scenery is diverse and exceptional; one of the last complete and undeveloped eastern Sierra drainage systems; premium trout fishery; habitat of threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout; outstanding recreational opportunities. Fish, Recreational, Scenic West Walker 1982 NV
Walker River, West Mono Confluence with Little Walker River to confluence with Rock Creek in Sec. 28, T.8 N., R.23 E. 11 Originating in the eastern slopes of the Sierras, water course swiftly descends first through glaciated alpine meadows then ponderosa pine forests before entering the broad expanse of the Great Basin; scenery is diverse and exceptional; one of the last complete and undeveloped eastern Sierra drainage systems; premium trout fishery; habitat of threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout; outstanding recreational opportunities. Recreational Recreational, Scenic West Walker 1982/ 1993
Walker River, West Mono Northern boundary Sec. 10, T.5 N., R.22 E., to confluence with Little Walker River in Sec. 9, T.6 N., R.23 E. 12 Originating in the eastern slopes of the Sierras, water course swiftly descends first through glaciated alpine meadows then ponderosa pine forests before entering the broad expanse of the Great Basin; scenery is diverse and exceptional; one of the last complete and undeveloped eastern Sierra drainage systems; premium trout fishery; habitat of threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout; outstanding recreational opportunities. Recreational, Scenic West Walker 1982/ 1993
Walker River, West Mono Headwaters at Tower Lake to northern boundary of Sec. 10, T.5 N., R.22 E. 15 Through high rock canyon punctuated with glaciated alpine meadows and high mountain forests. Eventually spreads out in broad sinous pattern. Developed and dispersed recreation. Wild Recreational, Scenic West Walker 1982/ 1993
Whitewater River, East Fork San Bernardino Headwatesr to confluence with South Fork 4 Wild Scenic Whitewater River 1993
Whitewater River, Middle Fork San Bernardino Headwaters to confluence with Whitewater River 3 Wild Scenic Whitewater River 1993
Whitewater River, North Fork San Bernardino Headwaters to confluence with Middle Fork 6 Moderately steep stream beds with generally steep mountainsides. Views of surrounding mountains and desert. Wild Cultural, Scenic Whitewater River 1993
Whitewater River, South Fork San Bernardino Headwaters to mouth excluding SCE diversion 11 Wild Scenic Whitewater River 1993
Willow Creek Modoc Wilcox Spring to Clear Lake National Wildlife Refuge boundary 16 Exceptionally rich in archaeological and cultural values. Potentially eligible for nomination to National Register of Historic Places. Rec/Wild/Scenic Cultural Lost 1993
Wooley Creek (Extension) Siskiyou Headwaters at Man Eaten Lake within Marble Mountain Wilderness to up-river terminus of Wooley Creek Wild and Scenic River 15 Anadramous fish habitat; scenery; and recreation opportunities. Wild Cultural, Fish, Recreational, Scenic, Other Salmon 1982/ 1993
Yuba River, Middle Nevada, Sierra Milton Dam to confluence with Wolf Creek 28 Box canyons are most significant features. Rec/Wild/Scenic Fish, Scenic Upper Yuba 1982/ 1993
Yuba River, Middle Nevada, Sierra Confluence with Wolf Creek to head of impoundment at Our House Dam 14 Scenic, rocky stream channel cuts through numerous box canyons in a series of pools, falls and cascades; surrounded by dense conifer-hardwood forest; generally inaccessible; trophy brown trout and good rainbow trout stream. Fish, Scenic Upper Yuba 1982/ 1993
Yuba River, South Nevada Forest Boundary, about 0.3 mile below confluence with New York Canyon to Englebright Reservoir 22 Boulder-strewn stream channel flows mostly through deep canyons hemmed in by sharp, steep ridges; area is precipitous and rugged in lower reaches; generally inaccessible by road except for valley area near Washington; outstanding trail system in lower reaches including one of a few wilderness handicap trails; popular recreation resource, historic remnants of gold mining activities border river. Historic, Recreational, Scenic Upper Yuba 1982
Yuba River, South Nevada Lake Spaulding to one-half mile below confluence with Fall Creek 7 Remnants of South Yuba Canal Company wooden flume. Evidence of historic mining activity. Recreational/Scenic Historic, Recreational, Scenic Upper Yuba 1982/ 1993
Yuba River, South Nevada One-half mile below confluence with Fall Creek to confluence with Poorman Creek 6 Boulder-strewn stream channel flows mostly through deep canyons hemmed in by sharp, steep ridges; area is precipitous and rugged in lower reaches; generally inaccessible by road except for valley area near Washington; outstanding trail system in lower reaches including one of a few wilderness handicap trails; popular recreation resource, historic remnants of gold mining activities border river. Recreational Historic, Recreational, Scenic Upper Yuba 1982/ 1993
Yuba River, South Nevada Confluence with Poorman Creek to Forest Boundary, about 0.3 mile below confluence with New York Canyon 7 Boulder-strewn stream channel flows mostly through deep canyons hemmed in by sharp, steep ridges; area is precipitous and rugged in lower reaches; generally inaccessible by road except for valley area near Washington; outstanding trail system in lower reaches including one of a few wilderness handicap trails; popular recreation resource, historic remnants of gold mining activities border river. Recreational/Scenic Historic, Recreational, Scenic Upper Yuba 1982/ 1993

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