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Butte Creek
Honey Run Covered Bridge.jpg
Honey Run Covered Bridge across Butte Creek
Butte Creek (Butte County, California) is located in California
Butte Creek (Butte County, California)
Location of the mouth in California
Country United States
State California
Counties Butte, Glenn, Colusa, Sutter
Cities Diamondville, Chico, Durham
Physical characteristics
Main source Near Cirby Meadow
About 5 miles (8.0 km) NE of Belden, Butte County
6,260 ft (1,910 m)
River mouth Sacramento River
Between Colusa and Meridian
52 ft (16 m)
Length 93 mi (150 km), North-south
Basin features
River system Sacramento River basin
Basin size 560 sq mi (1,500 km2)est.
Tributaries
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    Little Butte Creek (Butte County, California), Hamlin Slough, Cherokee Canal

Butte Creek is tributary to the Sacramento River, joining the river in the vicinity of Colusa, California, United States. About 93 miles (150 km) in length, it runs through much of Butte County, California (the county, however, receives its name from the Sutter Buttes in Sutter County, California). It travels through a spectacular mini-Grand Canyon as it reaches the Sacramento Valley floor, where it then flows somewhat south and west of the city of Chico towards the southwestern corner of the county.

Recent efforts have brought back Chinook salmon and steelhead runs to the stream.

There are several dams in its upper reaches. The PG&E has facilities at Centerville. The Paradise Irrigation District has Paradise Dam impounding Paradise Lake and the smaller Magalia Dam just beneath it on Little Butte Creek.

The creek was notable for the Honey Run Covered Bridge, which at 132 years old was the last remaining three-level covered bridge in the United States when it was destroyed on November 8, 2018 by the catastrophic Camp Fire.

The Colman Museum, headquartered in Chico, California, is dedicated to preserving the history and beauty of the Butte Creek canyon. Whitewater kayaking on Butte Creek is popular, in part because of the outstanding scenery of the "Little Grand Canyon" section of the creek near Chico.

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