Jackson Creek (Dry Creek tributary)

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Jackson Creek
Country United States
State California
County Amador
 - coordinates 38°24′35″N 120°39′25″W / 38.40972°N 120.65694°W / 38.40972; -120.65694 [1]
Mouth Dry Creek
 - location about 6 miles (9.7 km) southwest of Ione
 - elevation 184 ft (56 m) [1]
 - coordinates 38°17′57″N 121°0′47″W / 38.29917°N 121.01306°W / 38.29917; -121.01306Coordinates: 38°17′57″N 121°0′47″W / 38.29917°N 121.01306°W / 38.29917; -121.01306 [1]

Jackson Creek is a 26.4-mile-long (42.5 km)[2] stream in the Sierra Nevada foothills and Amador County, California.


It is a tributary of Dry Creek, which is a tributary of the Mokelumne River. It is located southwest of Ione. The creek was linked to placer gold mining during the California Gold Rush era.

Jackson Creek is dammed to create Lake Amador using a 193-foot (59 m) high earth and rock construction. The dam was constructed in 1965.[3]


Tree cover in much of the watershed approaches 80 percent, with dominant tree species including Interior Live Oak, Quercus wislizinii, Black Oak, Quercus kellogii, Blue Oak, Quercus douglasiiigger, Gray Pine Pinus sabiniana, Ponderosa Pine, Pinus ponderosa, Oregon Ash, Fraxinus latifolia and California Buckeye, Aesculus californica.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Jackson Creek". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2012-04-05 at WebCite, accessed March 11, 2011
  3. ^ "Dams Within the Jurisdiction of the State of California" (PDF). Retrieved August 28, 2010. 
  4. ^ C. Michael Hogan, Gary Deghi et al., Scottsville Project Environmental Impact Report, Jackson California, Earth Metrics Inc., Report 7562, Sept., 1989