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Dominguez Channel
Country United States
Physical characteristics
Main source Hawthorne, California
River mouth Wilmington, Los Angeles, California, at East Basin, Port of Los Angeles
Basin features
Basin size Dominguez Watershed
110 sq mi (280 km2)

Dominguez Channel is a 15.7-mile-long (25.3 km) perennial river in southern Los Angeles County, California, and located in the center of the Dominguez Watershed of 110 square miles (280 km2).

The watershed area is 96% developed and largely residential. Subsurface storm drain tributaries (cave/grotto environments) and daylighted flood control channels have a dual function as habitat for wildlife and wildflowers. Lower Dominguez Channel, for the last few miles before reaching the ocean harbor, becomes a river estuary mixing freshwater and ocean water together, overlying a wetland soil between uncemented boulder levees that serves as wildlife habitat and wildflower habitat for migratory native birds and native wetland vegetation.


The stream begins just south of 116th Street in Hawthorne and flows through El Camino Village, Gardena, Alondra Park, El Camino College, Torrance, Harbor Gateway, Carson, Wilmington, and empties into the East Basin of the Port of Los Angeles, in San Pedro Bay on the Pacific Ocean. There is a public community bicyle path with signage and native plant landscaping built atop the Dominguez River levee for several miles in the upper reach of the river in Hawthorne and El Camino Village and again in the lower reach of the river between Gardena and Carson, with several miles of the bicycle route in Torrance, not yet completed in the middle stretch, as well as no bicyle path through the private refinery to the terminus of the levee at the ocean harbor in Carson, Torrance, and Wilmington.


Crossings (bridges) over Dominguez River from the mouth upstream to the source, includes 6 railroad bridges, 23 public streets, several private roads inside oil refinery properties, 2 freeways, 2 state highways, and 2 parking lots (one of which is at a California community college). The year built of the bridge are within parentheses behind the name of the bridge are listed below:

  • Railroad
  • North Henry Ford Avenue (2002)
  • Railroad
  • East Anaheim Street (1997)
  • Railroad
  • California State Route 1 - East Pacific Coast Highway (1948)
  • East Sepulveda Boulevard (1959)
  • Alameda Street (1959)
  • Railroad
  • Private roads
  • East 223rd Street & Wilmington Avenue (1963)
  • Railroad
  • Interstate 405 - San Diego Freeway (1962)
  • East Carson Street (1959)
  • East 213th Street (1961)
  • Avalon Boulevard (1962)
  • East Del Almo Boulevard
  • South Main Street (1961)
  • South Figueroa Street (1963)
  • West 190th Street (1966)
  • Interstate 110 and connectors (1960 and 1985)
  • West 182nd Street (1964)
  • South Vermont Avenue (1958)
  • Normandie Avenue (1958)
  • South Western Avenue (1960)
  • State Route 91 - Artesia Boulevard (1958)
  • Gramercy Place (1959)
  • Van Ness Avenue (1960)
  • Crenshaw Boulevard (1960)
  • Cherry Avenue (1960)
  • West Redondo Beach Boulevard (1960)
  • Parking lot of El Camino College
  • Manhattan Beach Boulevard (1961)
  • Marine Avenue (1961)
  • West 147th Street (1974)
  • Crenshaw Boulevard (1962)
  • West Rosecrans Avenue (1962)
  • West 135th Street (1961)
  • West El Segundo Avenue (1966)
  • Railroad
  • Entrance 17
  • Private road
  • West 120th Street
  • Crenshaw Boulevard (1990)
  • Crenshaw Station Park & Ride (1994)
  • Ramps to Interstate 105
  • Interstate 105 and Metro Green Line (1992)
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