House Creek

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House Creek
stream
Country United States
State California
Region Sonoma County
Tributaries
 - left Cedar Creek, Pepperwood Creek, Allen Creek
 - right Britain Creek, Soda Spring Creek
Source Welbridge Ridge
 - location 14 mi (20 km) west of Healdsburg, California
 - elevation 2,200 ft (671 m)
 - coordinates 38°39′11″N 123°6′37″W / 38.65306°N 123.11028°W / 38.65306; -123.11028 [1]
Mouth Wheatfield Fork Gualala River
 - location 11 mi (18 km) north of Fort Ross, California
 - elevation 322 ft (98 m) [1]
 - coordinates 38°39′45″N 123°14′2″W / 38.66250°N 123.23389°W / 38.66250; -123.23389Coordinates: 38°39′45″N 123°14′2″W / 38.66250°N 123.23389°W / 38.66250; -123.23389 [1]

House Creek is a 12.3-mile-long (19.8 km)[2] stream in the mountains of western Sonoma County, California which empties into the Wheatfield Fork Gualala River.

Course[edit]

The creek originates on Welbridge Ridge and descends initially to the west. Cedar Creek enters from the southeast, then Britain Creek from the north. It follows Sewell Road southward for about 0.5 miles (0.8 km) to where Pepperwood Creek enters from the east, then westward about 0.6 miles (1.0 km) to where Allen Creek enters from the southwest. It then flows generally northward. After Soda Spring Creek enters from the east, the creek crosses under Stewarts Point Skaggs Springs Road and empties into the Wheatfield Fork.

Habitat and pollution[edit]

As of 2000, House Creek and most of its major tributaries supported steelhead trout.[3] However, by 2002 the trout were so threatened that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration took action against Hedgpeth Ranch operator James Soper for killing 34 juvenile fish by driving a tractor through the creek.[4]

Bridges[edit]

The Stewarts Point Skaggs Springs Road bridge was built in 1921 and widened to 34.5 feet (10.5 m) in 1976. By road it is 20.8 miles (33.5 km) east of State Route 1.[5] It consists of three spans, each roughly 50 feet (15 m) long. Sonoma County bid out the seismic retrofitting of this structure in 2002.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: House 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. ^ Cox, Bill (2000). "Major Streams in Sonoma County" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-12-04. 
  4. ^ "California Rancher Agrees to Removal of Flashboard Dams". Retrieved 2008-03-21. 
  5. ^ "National Bridge Inventory Database". 
  6. ^ "Notice to Contractors". Retrieved 2008-03-21.