Clear Creek (Ínaam in Karuk) is a tributary of the upper Sacramento River in northern California.


The creek is 60.6 miles (97.5 km) long,[2] flowing in southern Siskiyou County and northern Shasta County. Clear Creek is the first major Sacramento River tributary downstream of the Shasta Dam.

Clear Creek originates in the Trinity Mountains, between Shasta Lake and Trinity Lake in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, and flows into Whiskeytown Lake reservoir, impounded by Whiskeytown Dam. Past the reservoir, the stream bed continues south until its confluence with the Sacramento River. The Spring Creek Tunnel bypasses that section and delivers water from Whiskeytown Lake directly to Keswick Reservoir, both part of the Central Valley Project.


The site along Clear Creek where Pierson B. Reading discovered gold in 1848 was declared a California Historical Landmark.[6]


  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Clear Creek
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2016-06-30 at the Wayback Machine, accessed March 10, 2011
  3. ^ "Clear Creek Watershed | Sacramento River Watershed Program". Archived from the original on 2013-10-14.
  4. ^ "USGS Surface Water data for USA: USGS Surface-Water Monthly Statistics".
  5. ^ "USGS Surface Water data for USA: USGS Surface-Water Monthly Statistics".
  6. ^ "Clear Creek". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-14.