Payne's Creek is a 33.7-mile-long (54.2 km) natural watercourse in Tehama County, California. The creek was apparently originally called Paines Creek according to an 1879 land survey map of the area. The town of Paynes Creek was named after the creek.
The Payne's Creek watershed contains forested reaches, and also provides habitat for numerous understory flora and fauna. An example wildflower found in the watershed is the poppy Calochortus luteus, which is at its northern limit at the location of the Payne's Creek watershed.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Paynes Creek
- U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed March 10, 2011
- Erwin G. Gudde and William Bright
- C. Michael Hogan. 2009
- Erwin G. Gudde and William Bright. California Place Names: The Origin and Etymology of Current Geographical Names
- C. Michael Hogan. 2009. Gold Nuggets: Calochortus luteus, GlobalTwitcher.com, ed. N. Stromberg
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