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Aliso Creek
Alisocreek Bridge.JPG
Aliso Creek flows underneath the Aliso Creek Road bridge before it enters Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park.
Map of the Aliso Creek watershed showing major tributaries and cities
Other name(s) Alisos Creek, Los Alisos Creek
Country United States
State California
Counties Orange County
Cities Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Woods, Laguna Hills, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo
Physical characteristics
Main source Loma Ridge in the Santa Ana Mountains
Cleveland National Forest north of Portola Hills
1,704 ft (519 m)
33°42′10″N 117°37′20″W / 33.70278°N 117.62222°W / 33.70278; -117.62222
River mouth Pacific Ocean
Aliso Beach Park, Laguna Beach
0 ft (0 m)
33°30′38″N 117°45′9″W / 33.51056°N 117.75250°W / 33.51056; -117.75250
Length 19.8 mi (31.9 km)
Basin features
Basin size 34.9 sq mi (90 km2)
  • Left:
    English Canyon Creek, Aliso Hills Channel, Sulphur Creek
  • Right:
    Munger Creek, Dairy Fork, Wood Canyon Creek

Aliso Creek is a small river in Orange County, California, in the United States. From its source in the Santa Ana Mountains to its mouth at the Pacific Ocean, it is about 19 miles (31 km) long. Its watershed is about 30.4 square miles (79 square kilometers) in size. The name comes from the Spanish word "aliso", meaning alder. Six tributaries join it along its length, which are Wood Canyon Creek, Sulphur Creek, the Dairy Fork, Aliso Hills Channel, Munger Creek and English Canyon.

The creek is heavily polluted. Urban runoff from streets in cities around the creek flow into it, contributing to an increased year-round flow and excessive pollution. To this day, the creek is still a big problem in terms of pollution at its mouth, the popular Aliso Creek Beach.

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North along coast

South along coast

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