North Fork Feather River - North Fork Feather Watershed

North Fork Feather Watershed

The North Fork Feather Watershed (USGS Huc 18020121) extends from the North Fork headwaters south-southwest to the [ Lower Feather Watershed. The headwaters are in the Shasta Cascades and the northern Sierras along the Pit River and Eagle-Honey watersheds. The drainage divide for the headwaters begins in Shasta County at the Lassen Peak quadruple watershed point of East Sulpher Creek (Mill-Big Chico), Manzanita Creek (Upper Cow-Battle watershed), Lost Creek (Lower Pit River), and Kings Creek (North Fork Feather). The headwater divide extends in an arc east to Lassen County, then to the Great Basin Divide triple point of the Feather, Pit, and Susan Rivers. The divide arcs southeast to Pegleg Mountain and along 13 mi (21 km) of the Sierra Crest to the triple point with the East Branch North Fork Feather River on the east slope of Indicator Peak (40°00′43″N 120°11′15″W / 40.012069°N 120.187554°W / 40.012069; -120.187554).

For a list of Sierra Nevada (U.S.) headwater creeks that drain to the North Fork, see Sierra Crest.

Downstream of Shasta and Lassen counties, the majority of the North Fork Feather Watershed area is in Plumas County. The west divide of the watershed is along the Mill-Big Chico Watershed, southward to the West Branch Feather River triple point. The southeast divide of the North Fork Feather Watershed is the watershed of the East Branch to the triple point with the Middle Fork Feather River.

The lowest elevations of the North Fork Feather Watershed are in Butte County, with the emergency weir crest at 901 ft (275 m) and, at average storage capacity, the Lake Oroville level of 812 ft (247 m) .

North Fork Feather River course,
including associated Lake Oroville points
headpoint summit SSE of Mount Helen
Rice Creek confluence, headwaters w/ Rice Cr
inflow to Crumbaugh Lake 40.447829 121.488361
North Fork source, North Fork
40.354884 121.366396
confluence, Warner Creek 40.333133 121.306529
40.302538 121.263914
road, CA 36 N of Chester 40.310753 121.228638
inflow to Lake Almanor 40.303225 121.212373
Canyon Dam 40.174578 121.087017
confluence, Bear Creek 40.107487 121.080408
dam, Belden ForeBay 40.076167 121.160789
confluence, Mosquito Creek 40.060731 121.200657
North Fork in
Feather River
confluence, East Branch
confluence, Indian Creek 40.005068 121.264
dam, Rock Creek Reservoir 39.986919 121.28314
confluence, Rock Creek 39.899959 121.359487
confluence, Jackass Creek 39.937283 121.316013
road, Rock Creek Camp 39.925535 121.316013
road, CA 70 39.918031 121.321507
confluence, Bucks Creek 39.91418 121.326742
dam, Cresta Reservoir 39.876118 121.373477
confluence, Mill Creek 39.805008 121.440425
confluence, Flea Valley Creek 39.802107 121.446948
North Fork road, 1932 arch bridge (CA 70) 39.79482 121.451669
railroad, trestles S of CA 70 39.7948 121.451669
dam, Poe Reservoir
border, Plumas/Butte counties
Lake Oroville,
North Arm
railroad, 1962 North Fork Bridge 39.716529 121.470551
confluence, Rock Creek 39.716034 121.455402
border, Lassen NF 39.71336 121.468663
confluence, Chino Creek 39.719005 121.422701
confluence, Mosquito Creek 39.69705 121.406007
39.688101 121.400127
39.670166 121.431456
39.666499 121.496773
former town, Big Ripple 39°37′38″N 121°29′33″W / 39.62722°N 121.49250°W / 39.62722; -121.49250
former town, Bloomer 39°37′28″N 121°29′29″W / 39.62444°N 121.49139°W / 39.62444; -121.49139
mouth, lower North Arm
Lake Oroville,
Main Basin
inflow, lake's Main Basin
landing area for seaplane base
former town, Bidwell 39°33′25″N 121°27′56″W / 39.55694°N 121.46556°W / 39.55694; -121.46556
former town, Land 39°33′13″N 121°28′04″W / 39.55361°N 121.46778°W / 39.55361; -121.46778)
intake (main), Hyatt powerplant
Oroville Dam road on crest (900 ft elevation)
road, Oro Powerhouse (360 ft)
Feather River
former community, Quartz
confluence, Oroville Spillway
For river points downstream of the spillway confluence (e.g., the Oroville Wildlife Area border), see Feather River.

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