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Feather River
Río de las Plumas, Ya-loo
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Freight train crossing the North Fork, 2017
Country United States
State California
Regions Butte County, Yuba County, Sutter County
Part of Sacramento River Basin
 - left Yuba River, Bear River
 - right Sutter Bypass
Cities Oroville, Yuba City, Marysville
Primary source North Fork Feather River
 - location Confluence of Rice Creek and South Arm Rice Creek, Plumas County
 - elevation 5,436 ft (1,657 m)
Secondary source Middle Fork Feather River
 - location Near Beckwourth, Sierra Valley, Plumas County
 - elevation 4,872 ft (1,485 m)
Source confluence Lake Oroville
 - location Upstream of Oroville Dam
 - elevation 902 ft (275 m)
Mouth Sacramento River
 - location Verona
 - elevation 26 ft (8 m)
Length 73 mi (117 km), North-south
Basin 6,197 sq mi (16,050 km²)
Discharge for Nicolaus
 - average 8,321 cu ft/s (236 /s)
 - max 357,000 cu ft/s (10,109 /s)
 - min 222 cu ft/s (6 /s)
Type: Wild, Scenic, Recreational
Designated: October 2, 1968

The Feather River is a river in Northern California in the United States. It is a tributary of the Sacramento River. The river originates in the Sierra Nevada mountains and is 114 kilometres (71 mi) long, flowing in a general southward direction.

The river is an important source of drinking and irrigation water for California. Oroville Dam is located on the river, near the city of Oroville.


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