Clear Creek (Sacramento River)

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For other streams named "Clear Creek" in California, see Clear Creek (disambiguation).
Clear Creek
Country United States
State California
 - right Crystal Creek, Brandy Creek
Source Damnation Peak
 - location Trinity Mountains, Shasta National Forest
 - elevation 5,080 ft (1,548 m)
 - coordinates 40°57′31″N 122°31′45″W / 40.95861°N 122.52917°W / 40.95861; -122.52917 [1]
Mouth Sacramento River
 - location Girvan
 - elevation 415 ft (126 m)
 - coordinates 40°30′20″N 122°22′04″W / 40.50556°N 122.36778°W / 40.50556; -122.36778Coordinates: 40°30′20″N 122°22′04″W / 40.50556°N 122.36778°W / 40.50556; -122.36778 [1]
Length 60.6 mi (98 km) [2]
Basin 249 sq mi (645 km2) [3]
Discharge for French Gulch, above Whiskeytown Lake
 - average 211 cu ft/s (6 m3/s) [4]
 - max 14,600 cu ft/s (413 m3/s)
 - min 2.07 cu ft/s (0 m3/s)

Clear Creek (Ínaam in Karuk) is a tributary of the Sacramento River. It is 60.6 miles (97.5 km) long[2] and is the first major tributary downstream of the Shasta Dam. The creek originates between Shasta Lake and Trinity Lake and drains into Whiskeytown Lake, which is formed by Whiskeytown Dam. Past the lake, the creek continues south until it joins with the Sacramento River. The Spring Creek Tunnel bypasses that leg and connects Whiskeytown Lake directly to Keswick Reservoir.

The site along Clear Creek where Pierson B. Reading discovered gold in 1848 was declared a California Historical Landmark.[5]