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Dry Creek (Placer County)

Dry Creek (Sonoma County, California)

Dry Creek is a large stream in the California counties of Sonoma and Mendocino. It is a tributary of the Russian River.

The creek's headwaters are in Mendocino County. The creek flows roughly southeast until reaches Lake Sonoma, which is formed by Warm Springs Dam. Several other creeks that used to merge with the creek now flow into the lake. Downstream of the dam, the creek continues flowing roughly southeast until its confluence with the Russian River.

Warm Springs Dam, a rolled-earth embankment dam completed in 1983, is about 14 miles (23 km) northwest of Healdsburg, California. It was built by the United States Army Corps of Engineers for flood control, irrigation, drinking water. The 381,000 acre-foot (470,000,000 m³) lake provides recreation, such as swimming, boating, waterskiing and fishing. Also, a hydroelectric plant at the dam produces electricity from the water released downstream. A minimum amount of flow in the creek must be maintained for fish migration.

The Dry Creek Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area.

Bridges

Dry Creek is spanned by numerous bridges, including:

  • at Yoakim Bridge Road, a concrete continuous tee beam built in 1956
  • at Westside Road, a steel truss built in 1934
  • at Lambert Bridge Road, a steel truss built in 1915
  • at State Route 128, a prestressed concrete Tee Beam built in 2005

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