Dry Creek (Sonoma County, California)

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Dry Creek
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Lambert Bridge spanning Dry Creek
CountryUnited States
RegionSonoma and Mendocino counties
Physical characteristics
SourceSnow Mountain
 • location6 mi (10 km) west of Hopland
 • coordinates38°55′55″N 123°13′2″W / 38.93194°N 123.21722°W / 38.93194; -123.21722[1]
 • elevation760 ft (230 m)
MouthRussian River
 • location
2 mi (3 km) south of Healdsburg, California
 • coordinates
38°35′10″N 122°51′26″W / 38.58611°N 122.85722°W / 38.58611; -122.85722Coordinates: 38°35′10″N 122°51′26″W / 38.58611°N 122.85722°W / 38.58611; -122.85722[1]
 • elevation
82 ft (25 m)[1]

Dry Creek is a 43.0-mile-long (69.2 km)[2] stream in the California counties of Sonoma and Mendocino. It is a tributary of the Russian River, with headwaters in Mendocino County.

The Dry Creek Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area.


Lake Sonoma and the Warm Springs Dam[edit]

The creek flows roughly southeast until reaches Lake Sonoma, which is formed by the Warm Springs Dam. Several other creeks that used to merge with the creek now flow into the lake. Downstream of the dam, the creek continues flowing roughly southeast until its confluence with the Russian River.


Dry Creek is spanned by numerous bridges, including:[3]

  • at Yoakim Bridge Road, a concrete continuous tee beam built in 1956
  • at Westside Road, a steel truss built in 1934
  • at Lambert Bridge Road, a steel truss built in 1915
  • at State Route 128, a prestressed concrete Tee Beam built in 2005

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Dry Creek
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2012-04-05 at WebCite, accessed March 9, 2011
  3. ^ "National Bridge Inventory Database". Archived from the original on 2013-10-31. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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