Battle Creek (California)

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Battle Creek
Battle Creek
Country United States
State California
 - left South Fork Battle Creek, Spring Branch
 - right North Fork Battle Creek
Source Confluence of North Fork and South Fork
 - location Near Shingletown
 - elevation 868 ft (265 m)
 - coordinates 40°25′23″N 121°59′49″W / 40.42306°N 121.99694°W / 40.42306; -121.99694
Mouth Sacramento River
 - location Southeast of Anderson
 - elevation 338 ft (103 m)
 - coordinates 40°21′19″N 122°10′33″W / 40.35528°N 122.17583°W / 40.35528; -122.17583Coordinates: 40°21′19″N 122°10′33″W / 40.35528°N 122.17583°W / 40.35528; -122.17583
Length 47 mi (76 km) [1]
Volume 1 cu ft (0 m3)
Basin 365 sq mi (945 km2)
Discharge for USGS gage #11376550, 5.7 miles (9.2 km) from the mouth
 - average 501 cu ft/s (14 m3/s)
 - max 24,700 cu ft/s (699 m3/s)
 - min 102 cu ft/s (3 m3/s)

Battle Creek is a 16.6-mile-long (26.7 km)[2] creek located in Tehama County, California. It is a major tributary to the Sacramento River.

The creek is part of a $67 million Chinook salmon restoration project, a PG&E Battle Creek Hydroelectric Project. Many adjacent properties hold conservation easements protecting them from development.

In addition to the Chinook salmon, the creek has steelhead trout, rainbow trout, and brown trout. Counterintuitively, first-year data from a post-wildfire soil erosion study show that control sites disturbed only by fire produced substantially more water runoff and soil erosion than did sites that received post-wildfire salvage logging. These results have important implications for the use, treatment, and restoration of post-wildfire landscapes, suggesting that salvage logging can reduce soil erosion.[3]

Battle Creek


  1. ^ Including the South Fork
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed March 10, 2011
  3. ^ James, Cajun "Post Wildfire Salvage Logging, Soil Erosion, and Sediment Delivery, Ponderosa Fire, Battle Creek Watershed, Northern California"

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