These watercourses (rivers, creeks, sloughs, etc.) in the San Francisco Bay Area are grouped according to the bodies of water they flow into. Tributaries are listed under the watercourses they feed, sorted by the elevation of the confluence so that tributaries entering nearest the sea appear first. Numbers in parentheses are Geographic Names Information System feature identifiers.

This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (August 2008)

Pacific Coast north of the Golden Gate

Sonoma Coast

Watercourses which feed into the Pacific Ocean in Sonoma County north of Bodega Head, listed from north to south:[1]

The Gualala River and its tributaries

Northern Sonoma Coast

Watercourses which feed into the Pacific Ocean in Sonoma County between the Gualala and Russian Rivers, numbered from north to south:

  1. Deadman Gulch (222120)
  2. Cannon Gulch (220545)
  3. Chinese Gulch (221069)
  4. Phillips Gulch (230598)
  5. Miller Creek (228727)
  6. Warren Creek (237257)
  7. Wildcat Creek (237784)
  8. Stockhoff Creek (235498)
  9. Timber Cove Creek (236355)
  10. Kolmer Gulch (226673)
  11. Fort Ross Creek (223705)
  12. Russian Gulch Creek (1723332)
    • East Branch Russian Gulch (222861)
      • Middle Branch Russian Gulch (228574)
      • West Branch Russian Gulch (237436)

The Russian River and its tributaries

Central Sonoma Coast

Watercourses which feed into the Pacific Ocean in Sonoma County between Goat Rock Beach and Bodega Head, numbered from north to south:

  1. Scotty Creek (232742)
    • Rough Creek (231923)
  2. Salmon Creek (232281)
    • Finley Creek (223507)
    • Coleman Valley Creek (221373)
    • Fay Creek (223419)
    • Tannery Creek (236018)
    • Nolan Creek (229570)
    • Thurston Creek (236333)

Bodega Bay

Watercourses which feed into Bodega Bay, numbered clockwise from Bodega Head to Sand Point:

  1. Cheney Gulch (220937)
  2. Shorttail Gulch (233054)
  3. Estero Americano (223257)
  4. Estero de San Antonio (253212)

Marin Coast

Watercourses which feed into the Pacific Ocean in Marin County south of Sand Point, listed from north to south:

Tomales Bay

Watercourses which feed into Tomales Bay, numbered clockwise from Sand Point to Tomales Point:

  1. Walker Creek (255208)
    • Keys Creek (254852)
    • Chileno Creek (254740)
    • Frink Canyon (223952)
    • Verde Canyon (237053)
    • Salmon Creek (232280)
    • Arroyo Sausal (254577)
  2. Millerton Gulch (228754)
  3. Grand Canyon (224386)
  4. Tomasini Canyon (236446)
  5. Lagunitas Creek (255208)
    • Olema Creek (234410)
    • Nicasio Creek (229534)
      • Halleck Creek (224814)
        • Redwood Canyon (231415)
    • San Geronimo Creek (232400)
    • Big Carson Creek (219156)
    • Cataract Creek (220721)
    • East Fork Lagunitas Creek (222888)
  6. White Gulch (237641)

Point Reyes Peninsula

Watercourses which feed into the Pacific Ocean between Tomales Point and Bolinas, numbered north to south:[2]

  1. Home Ranch Creek (225499)
  2. Glennbrook Creek
  3. Santa Maria Creek
  4. Coast Creek (233695)
  5. Alamere Creek (233404)
  6. Arroyo Hondo

Bolinas Lagoon

Watercourses which feed into Bolinas Lagoon, numbered clockwise from Bolinas to Stinson Beach:

  1. Pine Gulch Creek (234476)
  2. Wilkins Gulch (237829)
  3. Pike County Gulch (230651)
  4. Audubon Canyon (218457)
  5. Volunteer Canyon (1808968)
  6. Morses Gulch (229094)
  7. McKinnan Gulch (228412)
  8. Stinson Gulch (235491)

Southern Marin Coast

Watercourses which feed into the Pacific Ocean between Stinson Beach and the Golden Gate, numbered north to south:

  1. Webb Creek (237375)
  2. Lone Tree Creek (227525)
  3. Cold Stream (221345)
  4. Redwood Creek (231428)
    • Fern Creek (223455)
  5. Tennessee Valley (255127)

San Francisco Bay and its tributaries

Northern San Francisco Bay

Watercourses which feed into San Francisco Bay and its tributary bays between the Golden Gate and Point San Pedro, numbered south to north:

  1. Coyote Creek (221733)
  2. Arroyo Corte Madera del Presidio (254575)
    • Old Mill Creek (229976)
      • Cascade Creek (220661)
  3. San Clemente Creek (217925)
  4. Corte Madera Creek (Marin County, California) (258743)
    • Tamalpais Creek (235983)
    • Ross Creek (231905)
    • San Anselmo Creek (232364)
      • Sleepy Hollow Creek (249570)
      • Fairfax Creek (223329)
      • Carey Camp Creek (220595)
      • Cascade Creek (220663)
  5. San Rafael Creek (232467)

Northern San Pablo Bay and Carquinez Strait

Watercourses which feed into San Pablo Bay or the Carquinez Strait between Point San Pedro and the Benicia-Martinez Bridge, numbered west to east:

  1. Gallinas Creek (224018)
    • South Fork Gallinas Creek (235006)
  2. Miller Creek (228730)
  3. Novato Creek (229802)
    • Arroyo San Jose (218406)
    • Bowman Canyon (219721)
  4. Petaluma River (253749)
  5. Tolay Creek (236414)
  6. Sonoma Creek (234882)
    • Napa Slough (229414)
    • East Branch (222851)
    • Second Napa Slough (232776)
      • Third Napa Slough (236244)
        • Railroad Slough (231180)
        • Steamboat Slough (235419)
          • Schell Slough (232647)
            • Schell Creek (232645)
    • China Slough (221058)
    • Fowler Creek (223770)
      • Rodgers Creek (231809)
        • Champlin Creek (220901)
      • Felder Creek (223431)
        • Lewis Creek (262425)
      • Carriger Creek (220639)
    • Agua Caliente Creek (218327)
    • Hooker Creek (225537)
      • Wilson Creek (237965)
        • Butler Canyon (220277)
        • Whitman Canyon (237706)
    • Calabazas Creek (254687)
      • Stuart Creek (235613)
    • Graham Creek (224379)
    • Yulupa Creek (238301)
    • Bear Creek (218803)
  7. Napa River (255110)
    • Napa Slough (229414)
      • Devils Slough (222329)
      • Huichica Creek (225741)
    • White Slough (237683)
    • American Canyon Creek (218229)
    • Carneros Creek (220626)
    • Suscol Creek (235838)
    • Tulucay Creek (255164)
      • Kreuse Creek (226687)
      • Murphy Creek (229347)
    • Milliken Creek (234307)
      • Sarco Creek (232579)
    • Napa Creek (229413)
      • Redwood Creek (231429)
    • Soda Creek (234828)
    • Dry Creek (233800)
    • Conn Creek (233707)
      • Rector Creek (234547)
      • Sage Creek (234602)
        • Clear Creek (233687)
      • Chiles Creek (233665)
        • Moore Creek (229017)
    • Bale Slough (218624)
    • Sulphur Creek (235712)
    • York Creek (238269)
    • Mill Creek (228685)
    • Ritchey Creek (252565)
    • Nash Creek (229417)
  8. Southampton Creek

Lake Berryessa

Watercourses which feed into Lake Berryessa, numbered clockwise from Monticello Dam:

  1. Wragg Creek (238192)
  2. Capell Creek (220581)
  3. Smittle Creek (234731)
  4. Trout Creek (236563)
  5. Pope Creek (234501)
    • Maxwell Creek (228249)
      • Hardin Creek (261085)
      • Burton Creek (220252)
  6. Stone Corral Creek (253935)
  7. Butts Creek (233590) – flows from Lake County.
    • Routan Creek (234593) – flows from Lake County.
    • Snell Creek (234752)
  8. Putah Creek (234522) – flows from Lake County.
    • Hunting Creek (225798)
  9. Cement Creek (220810)
  10. Dyer Creek (222789)
  11. Eticuera Creek (223262)
    • Adams Creek (217966)
    • Nevada Creek (229475)
    • Zim Zim Creek (238320)

Suisun Bay and Grizzly Bay

Watercourses which feed into Suisun Bay and Grizzly Bay, listed clockwise from Benicia to Martinez:

For tributaries of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers, see List of rivers in California.

Southern Carquinez Strait and San Pablo Bay

Watercourses which feed into the Carquinez Strait or San Pablo Bay between the Benicia-Martinez Bridge and Point San Pablo, numbered east to west:

  1. Arroyo del Hambre (255059)
  2. Bull Valley Creek
  3. Elkhorn Creek
  4. Edwards Creek
  5. Cañada del Cierbo (220523)
  6. Rodeo Creek (231801)
  7. Refugio Creek (231480)
    • Ohlone Creek
  8. Pinole Creek (230743)
  9. Garrity Creek (224083)
  10. Rheem Creek
  11. San Pablo Creek (232457)
    • Lauterwasser Creek (226957)
    • Bear Creek (218800)
  12. Castro Creek (220706)

Northeastern San Francisco Bay

Watercourses which feed into the east shore of San Francisco Bay between Point San Pablo and the Bay Bridge, numbered north to south:

  1. Meeker Slough
  2. Baxter/Stege Creek
  3. Fluvius Innominatus/Central Creek
  4. Cerrito Creek (254734)
  5. Middle/Blackberry Creek
  6. Schoolhouse Creek
  7. Codornices Creek (254755)
  8. Strawberry Creek (235581)
  9. Potter Creek
  10. Derby Creek
  11. Temescal Creek (236092)

Eastern San Francisco Bay

Watercourses which feed into the east shore of San Francisco Bay between the Bay Bridge and the San Mateo–Hayward Bridge, numbered from north to south:

  1. Glen Echo Creek (224215)
  2. Indian Gulch (225879)
  3. Sausal Creek (232602)
  4. Peralta Creek (230520)
  5. Lion Creek (227172)
    • Arroyo Viejo (218410)
  6. Elmhurst Creek
  7. San Leandro Creek (232428)
    • Redwood Creek (231419)
    • Miller Creek
    • Kaiser Creek (254842)
      • Buckhorn Creek (220052)
    • Moraga Creek
    • Indian Creek (225858)
  8. San Lorenzo Creek (232434)
    • Castro Valley Creek
      • Chabot Creek
    • Crow Creek (233742)
      • Cull Creek (221904)
      • Norris Creek (229589)
      • Bolinas Creek (219604)
    • Palomares Creek (230280)
    • Eden Canyon Creek (222968)
  9. Sulphur Creek (235709)
  10. Ward Creek (237227)

Southeastern San Francisco Bay

Watercourses which feed into the east shore of San Francisco Bay between the San Mateo–Hayward Bridge and the Dumbarton Bridge, listed north to south:

Southern San Francisco Bay

Watercourses which feed into the San Francisco Bay south of the Dumbarton Bridge, listed clockwise:

Western San Francisco Bay

Watercourses which feed into the west shore of San Francisco Bay between the Dumbarton Bridge and the Golden Gate, listed south to north:

Pacific Coast south of the Golden Gate

San Francisco Coast

Watercourses which feed into the Pacific Ocean between the Golden Gate and Thornton Beach, from north to south:

Northern San Mateo Coast

Watercourses which feed into the Pacific Ocean between Thornton Beach and Miramontes Point, numbered north to south:

  1. Milagra Creek
  2. Calera Creek
  3. Rockaway Creek
  4. San Pedro Creek (234639)
  5. San Vicente Creek (234642)
  6. Denniston Creek (233779)
  7. Arroyo de en Medio (233428)
  8. Naples Creek
  9. Frenchmans Creek (233909)
  10. Pilarcitos Creek (253889)

Central San Mateo Coast

Watercourses which feed into the Pacific Ocean between Miramontes Point and Pigeon Point, numbered north to south:

  1. Cañada Verde Creek (1786133)
  2. Purisima Creek (253798)
  3. Lobitos Creek (254929)
  4. Tunitas Creek (236624)
  5. San Gregorio Creek (232403)
  6. Pomponio Creek (230913)
  7. Long Gulch (227559)
  8. Dairy Gulch (221978)
  9. Pescadero Creek (234452) – flows from Santa Cruz County
  10. Arroyo de los Frijoles (218391)
  11. Spring Bridge Gulch (235229)
  12. Yankee Jim Gulch (238228)

Southern San Mateo Coast

Watercourses which feed into the Pacific Ocean south of Pigeon Point, numbered north to south:

  1. Gazos Creek (224105) – flows from Santa Cruz County.
    • Old Womans Creek (229991) – flows from Santa Cruz County.
    • Old Womans Creek (1701701)
  2. Whitehouse Creek (237690) – flows from Santa Cruz County.
  3. Cascade Creek (220660) – flows from Santa Cruz County.
  4. Green Oaks Creek (224554) – flows from Santa Cruz County.
  5. Año Nuevo Creek (254567) – flows from Santa Cruz County.
    • Cold Dip Creek (252424) – flows from Santa Cruz County.
  6. Finney Creek (223512) – flows from Santa Cruz County.
  7. Elliot Creek (223153) – flows from Santa Cruz County.

See also

References

  1. ^ Cox, Bill (2000). "Major Streams in Sonoma County" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-12-04.
  2. ^ Point Reyes National Seashore Trail Map, San Rafael, CA: Tom Harrison Maps, 2003.
  3. ^ "Laguna Creek Watershed". Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District. Alameda County Flood Control & Water Conservation District. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Agua Fria Creek Watershed". Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District. Alameda County Flood Control & Water Conservation District. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  5. ^ Kamiya, Gary. "A Walking Tour of San Francisco's Hidden Waters". San Francisco Magazine. Modern Luxury. Retrieved 2014-03-28.