Pine Gulch Creek

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Pine Gulch Creek
Country United States
State California
Region Marin County
District West Marin
 - right Copper Mine Gulch, McCormick Creek
City Bolinas, California
 - coordinates 37°58′46″N 122°45′41″W / 37.97944°N 122.76139°W / 37.97944; -122.76139 [1]
Mouth Bolinas Lagoon
 - location Bolinas, California
 - elevation 0 ft (0 m)
 - coordinates 37°55′19″N 122°41′15″W / 37.92194°N 122.68750°W / 37.92194; -122.68750Coordinates: 37°55′19″N 122°41′15″W / 37.92194°N 122.68750°W / 37.92194; -122.68750 [1]

Pine Gulch Creek is a 7.6-mile-long (12.2 km)[2] south-flowing stream in western Marin County, California, United States which empties into Bolinas Lagoon.


The creek parallels State Route 1. Copper Mine Gulch enters from the east, then McCormick Creek enters from the west at Pablo Point. After crossing under Olema-Bolinas Road, it feeds into the west side of Bolinas Lagoon just north of the town of Bolinas.


Habitat and human influences[edit]

Pine Gulch Creek once supported both steelhead trout and Coho salmon. The salmon run, made vulnerable by overfishing, disappeared after 1968, but briefly reappeared in 2001.[3]

Due to legal restrictions on water storage, several farms in the area pump water from the creek during the dry season, exacerbating the seasonality of its flows.[3]


The only notable crossing of Pine Gulch Creek is the 42-foot (13 m) concrete slab at the Olema-Bolinas Road crossing, located 1.3 miles south of State Route 1. It was built in 1986.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Pine Gulch Creek
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed March 9, 2011
  3. ^ a b Charles, Jacoba (November 29, 2007). "Bolinas farms cede steam rights to coho" (PDF). Point Reyes Light. 
  4. ^ "National Bridge Inventory Database". Retrieved 2008-01-17.