Bishop Creek (Inyo County)

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Bishop Creek
North Bishop Creek in the Fall.jpg
North Fork Bishop Creek in the Fall
Basin features
Main source 7,400 feet (2,300 m)
37°15′57″N 118°34′41″W / 37.26583°N 118.57806°W / 37.26583; -118.57806
River mouth Owens River
4,482 feet (1,366 m)
Physical characteristics
  • Average rate:
    95 cubic feet per second (2.7 m3/s)

Bishop Creek is also a dated variant of Baxter Creek in Richmond/El Cerrito, California

Bishop Creek is a 10.1-mile-long (16.3 km)[1] stream in Inyo County, California. It is the largest tributary of the Owens River. It has five hydroelectric plants owned by Southern California Edison, Bishop Creek #2–6. Bishop Creek #1 was never completed. Parts of the creek run through pipelines, or penstocks, to increase output at the power plants.

Bishop Creek has three forks, North, Middle and South. All have their headwaters in the eastern Sierra Nevada, near the border with Fresno County. The forks all flow into lakes while still at high elevations. The North Fork flows into North Lake, the Middle Fork flows into Lake Sabrina. The North and Middle forks combine above and flow though the community of Aspendell and below it the combined creeks are dammed at Intake Two, a reservoir. The South Fork flows into South Lake and continues through the community of South Fork (aka Habbeger's) and then joins the Middle Fork below the Intake Two reservoir. Bishop Creek then begins its steep descent to the Owens Valley. The creek runs roughly North then Northeast and then continues East, flowing past the city of Bishop before its confluence with the Owens River.

The creek was named after Owens Valley settler Samuel Addison Bishop.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed March 17, 2011
  2. ^ Browning, Peter (2005). Yosemite Place Names: The Historic Background of Geographic Names in Yosemite National Park. Great West Books. p. 13. ISBN 978-0-94422-019-1. 

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Coordinates: 37°18′18″N 118°31′53″W / 37.304918°N 118.531494°W / 37.304918; -118.531494