Overview of Upper Clear Creek Watershed

The Upper Clear Creek Watershed is located on the north side of Whiskeytown Dam in the northwestern portion of the upper Sacramento River Basin. Clear Creek is split in two at Whiskeytown Dam, eight miles west of Redding in Shasta County. Upper Clear Creek is unregulated and flows 33 miles in a southerly direction from Slate Mountain until it enters Whiskeytown Lake. Communities in the watershed include French Gulch and Whiskeytown.

How large is the watershed?

128,135 acres
200 square miles

Elevation

Upper Clear Creek is an area of steep and rugged topography. Shasta Bally is the highest point in the watershed at about 5,140 feet elevation and the lowest is 1,200 feet at the Whiskeytown Dam spillway.

What is the land ownership?

Ownership:
Acres
%
Bureau of Land Management
30,043
23%
Forest Service
24,255
19%
National Park Service
28,561
23%
Whiskeytown Lake
3,220
2%
Private
41,748
33%
Other
109

What are the main sub-watersheds?

Blodgett Creek
Damnation Creek
Stacey Creek
Slate Creek
Brush Creek
Dodge Creek
Big Gulch
Whitney Gulch
East Fork Clear Creek
Fivemile Gulch
Cline Gulch
French Creek
Whiskey Creek
Yankee Gulch
Grizzly Gulch
Trial Gulch
Crystal Creek
Boulder Creek
Dry Creek
Brandy Creek
Whiskeytown Lake

Sightings of Species of Concern in the Upper Clear Creek Watershed

Bald Eagle
California Wolverine
Canyon Creek Stonecrop
Howell's Alkali Grass
Northern Goshawk
Northern Spotted Owl
Pacific Fisher