White River (California)

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White River
Country United States
State California
Region Central Valley
Part of Tulare Basin
 - left Arrastre Creek, Coarse Gold Creek
 - right Capinero Creek, Cove Creek, Chalaney Creek, Coho Creek
Cities White River, Ducor, Delano
Source Bull Run Peak
 - elevation 6,800 ft (2,073 m)
 - coordinates 45°50′17″N 118°35′02″W / 45.83806°N 118.58389°W / 45.83806; -118.58389 [1]
Mouth Tulare Lakebed
 - location near Delano, Tulare County
 - elevation 272 ft (83 m) [1]
 - coordinates 35°51′06″N 119°17′16″W / 35.85167°N 119.28778°W / 35.85167; -119.28778Coordinates: 35°51′06″N 119°17′16″W / 35.85167°N 119.28778°W / 35.85167; -119.28778 [1]
Length 45 mi (72 km)
Discharge for Ducor, CA
 - average 10 cu ft/s (0 m3/s)
 - max 2,760 cu ft/s (78 m3/s)
 - min 0 cu ft/s (0 m3/s)

The White River is a small river in the southern San Joaquin Valley of the U.S. state of California. The river is about 45 miles (72 km) long and flows entirely within Tulare County. It rises at roughly 6,800 feet (2,100 m) above sea level in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada on the northwest slope of Bull Run Peak. It flows west, receiving several seasonal tributaries including Arrastre Creek, Coarse Gold Creek and Coho Creek, passing the small settlement of White River. As it nears the border of Tulare County and Kern County its surface flow disappears. The dry riverbed continues northwest into the agricultural San Joaquin Valley and is diverted into canals for flood control and irrigation purposes. The river terminates about 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Delano, short of the historic Tulare Lake.