San Lorenzo Creek
|San Lorenzo Creek|
|Arroyo de San Salvador de Horta, Arroyo de la Harina|
|Name origin: Spanish|
|- left||Crow Creek, Castro Valley Creek|
|- right||Sulpher Creek (diversion)|
|- location||east of Hayward, California|
|Source confluence||confluence |
|- location||at Palomares Creek and Eden Canyon Creek|
|Mouth||San Francisco Bay|
|- location||Hayward Regional Shoreline|
|- elevation||0 ft (0 m)|
|- coordinates||Coordinates: |
The creek begins in Castro Valley, and is the main tributary within the San Lorenzo Watershed, including the formerly independent Sulpher Creek, which had most of its flow diverted into San Lorenzo Creek in the 1960s to reduce the risk of flooding in downtown Hayward. Only in large flow events does some of the creek flow follow its old course into the Bay. The creek runs through the town of San Lorenzo and empties into San Francisco Bay. A portion of the San Francisco Bay Trail runs along the mouth of the creek. The Cull Canyon and Don Castro reservoirs, both located within regional parks, feed into the creek.
The creek was previously known to Spanish colonists as Arroyo de San Salvador de Horta, and Arroyo de la Harina, from records dating to 1772. The current name for the creek, Arroyo de San Lorenzo, dates to at least 1812, and was recorded as such in land grants from 1841 and 1842.
- List of watercourses in the San Francisco Bay Area
- Urban stream, which describes some sections of San Lorenzo Creek
- Erwin G. Gudde, William Bright (2004). California Place Names: The Origin and Etymology of Current Geographical Names. University of California Press. p. 339. Retrieved 2011-01-15.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: San Lorenzo Creek
- U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed March 15, 2011
- San Lorenzo Creek Watershed
- San Lorenzo Creek: Neighboring Creeks
- Bay Trail, San Leandro: San Lorenzo Creek to Marina Park