Clear Creek (Nevada)

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Clear Creek
Country United States
State Nevada
Source Snow Valley Peak
 - location Toiyabe National Forest, Carson Range
 - elevation 8,780 ft (2,676 m) [1]
 - coordinates 39°09′02″N 119°52′59″W / 39.15056°N 119.88306°W / 39.15056; -119.88306 [1]
Mouth Confluence with Carson River
 - location Carson City, Nevada
 - elevation 4,639 ft (1,414 m)
 - coordinates 39°05′47″N 119°43′57″W / 39.09639°N 119.73250°W / 39.09639; -119.73250Coordinates: 39°05′47″N 119°43′57″W / 39.09639°N 119.73250°W / 39.09639; -119.73250 [1]
Length 13.5 mi (22 km) [2]

Clear Creek is a 13.5 miles (21.7 km) long stream which begins at 8,780 feet (2,680 m) on the southern slopes of Snow Valley Peak (Toiyabe National Forest, Carson Range) west of Carson City. It is the only perennial tributary of the Carson River mainstem, and is protected by The Nature Conservancy.[3][4] Its mouth is at its confluence with the Carson River in the southeast portion of Carson City, Nevada.


Clear Creek Station, about 5 miles south of Carson City proper, was a famous stage station and headquarters for sheepherders. Three large sawmills were built on the banks of Clear Creek in 1862. Clear Creek Mining District was organized in 1859 and appears on Henry De Groot's Map of the Washoe Mines of 1860.[5]


Clear Creek flows south before crossing under U.S. Route 50 (Lincoln Highway) and into Douglas County, Nevada from Carson City, then it turns east and bounces along the Carson City - Douglas County line, until it terminus in the Carson River southeast of downtown Carson City.

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  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Clear Creek
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2012-04-05 at WebCite, accessed December 28, 2012
  3. ^ "Clear Creek". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  4. ^ "Clear Creek: Partnering for Protection". Nature Conservancy. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  5. ^ Helen S. Carlson (1974-01-01). Nevada Place Names: A Geographical Dictionary. University of Nevada Press. pp. 78–79. ISBN 9780874170948. Retrieved 2012-12-28. 

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