Payne's Creek is a 33.7-mile-long (54.2 km) natural watercourse in Tehama County, California. The creek was apparently originally called Paines Creek according to an 1879 land survey map of the area. The town of Paynes Creek was named after the creek. The creek most likely was named after James S. Payne, the proprietor of a local sawmill.
The Payne's Creek watershed contains forested reaches, and also provides habitat for numerous understory flora and fauna. An example wildflower found in the watershed is the poppy Calochortus luteus, which is at its northern limit at the location of the Payne's Creek watershed.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Paynes Creek
- U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed March 10, 2011
- "Place Names" (PDF). Tehama County Department of Education. p. 43. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 May 2017. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
- C. Michael Hogan. 2009
- C. Michael Hogan. 2009. Gold Nuggets: Calochortus luteus, GlobalTwitcher.com, ed. N. Stromberg
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