Help Support BEC!

Help Our Work
Click Here

Stay Informed

Stay Connected

Top-Rated Nonprofit!

1% for the Planet

BEC is Member of EarthShare

You are here

Local Watersheds

Watersheds of Butte County

Big Chico Creek

Big Chico Creek

Big Chico Creek begins its 45 mile journey from a series of springs on Colby Mountain, at the interface between the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Cascade Mountains.  Big Chico Creek flows through Bidwell Park and the City of Chico before meeting up with the Sacramento River.

The water that flows through Big Chico Creek and its tributaries is a reflection of the natural processes and human activities that occur throughout the entire watershed, both positive and negative.



Butte Creek

Butte Creek



This photo was taken from the Friends of Butte Creek website.

Butte Creek supports the largest run of wild Chinook Salmon in California.  The watershed is ~510,000 acres, with the creeks headwaters in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and mouth at the Sacramento River.




The Sacramento River

The Sacramento River is the largest river in California, originating near Mount Shasta, flowing about 450 miles, and meeting the ocean under the Golden Gate Bridge.  The Sacramento, which once supported a rich wildlife population within is meandering channel and wide riparian area, is dammed and limited by urban and agriculture uses along its banks.  The river is exported hundreds of miles south to provide water for central and southern California. 


The Feather River

This photo was taken from the Department of Water Resources website.

The Feather River is the principal tributary of the Sacramento River.  The river has many dams and is the main source of water in the State Water Project through the creation and managment of Lake Oroville.