Big Creek (Lane County, Oregon)

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Big Creek
The creek flows under Big Creek Bridge and enters the ocean north of Heceta Head.
Country United States
State Oregon
County Lane
Source Saddle Mountain Spring
 - location Central Oregon Coast Range, Siuslaw National Forest
 - elevation 2,095 ft (639 m) [1]
 - coordinates 44°11′13″N 123°58′04″W / 44.18694°N 123.96778°W / 44.18694; -123.96778 [2]
Mouth Pacific Ocean
 - location north of Heceta Head
 - elevation 52 ft (16 m) [2]
 - coordinates 44°10′35″N 124°06′53″W / 44.17639°N 124.11472°W / 44.17639; -124.11472Coordinates: 44°10′35″N 124°06′53″W / 44.17639°N 124.11472°W / 44.17639; -124.11472 [2]
Location of the mouth of Big Creek in Oregon

Big Creek is a stream that enters the Pacific Ocean along the coast of Lane County in the U.S. state of Oregon. Beginning at Saddle Mountain Spring in the Central Oregon Coast Range, it flows generally west through the Siuslaw National Forest to the ocean north of Heceta Head.[3] Near its mouth, it passes under Big Creek Bridge, which carries U.S. Route 101.[4]

The creek's two named tributaries are Panther Creek and, further downstream, Fryingpan Creek.[3] Upstream of Panther Creek is the Big Creek Campground,[3] a Lane County park with four sites for tents.[5] Amenities include toilets but no drinking water, and the campground provides access to fishing, hiking, and hunting.[5]

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  1. ^ Source elevation derived from Google Earth search using GNIS source coordinates.
  2. ^ a b c "Big Creek". Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "United States Topographic Map". United States Geological Survey. Retrieved December 21, 2015 – via Acme Mapper. 
  4. ^ "Big Creek Bridge, Spanning Big Creek on Oregon Coast Highway (US101), Florence, Lane County, OR". Library of Congress. Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Big Creek Campground". Lane County, Oregon. Retrieved February 5, 2016.