Orestimba Creek

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Orestimba Creek (Arroyo de Orestimba)
Name origin: Spanish
Country United States
State California
Region Stanislaus County
Part of San Joaquin River
Source confluence confluence
 - location of North Fork Orestimba Creek and South Fork Orestimba Creek., Stanislaus County, California
 - elevation 669 ft (204 m)
 - coordinates 37°18′09″N 121°17′22″W / 37.30250°N 121.28944°W / 37.30250; -121.28944 [1]
Mouth mouth
 - location at the San Joaquin River, about 7 1/2 miles north of Newman, in Stanislaus County
 - elevation 46 ft (14 m) [1]
 - coordinates 37°25′19″N 121°00′12″W / 37.42194°N 121.00333°W / 37.42194; -121.00333Coordinates: 37°25′19″N 121°00′12″W / 37.42194°N 121.00333°W / 37.42194; -121.00333 [1]

Orestimba Creek, originally Arroyo de Orestimba (Orestimba, a Yokutsan word for Meetingplace) is a tributary of the San Joaquin River draining eastern slopes of part of the Diablo Range within the San Joaquin Valley of California.

The Creek has its source at the confluence of the north and south forks of Orestimba Creek and its mouth at the San Joaquin River, is about 7 1/2 miles north of Newman in Stanislaus County.[2][3]


Arroyo Orestimba was a watering place on El Camino Viejo in the San Joaquin Valley and was the primary water source for Rancho Orestimba y Las Garzas near its northern boundary.[4] The ranch house of Rancho Orestimba y las Garzas, was built above the sycamore grove on Arroyo de Orestimba.[5]


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Orestimba Creek
  2. ^ Map of San Joaquin River basin tributaries www.centralvalleymonitoring.org/map accessed November 1, 2011
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2012-04-05 at WebCite, accessed October 31, 2011
  4. ^ Diseño del Rancho Orestimba
  5. ^ Mildred Brooke Hoover, Douglas E. Kyle, Historic Spots in California, Stanford University Press, 2002, p.517

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