Hat Creek (California) facts for kids
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Hat Creek in Lassen Volcanic National Park
|Cities||Old Station, Hat Creek, Cassel|
|Main source||Confluence of East and West Forks
Dersch Meadows, Lassen Volcanic National Park
6,302 ft (1,921 m)
|River mouth||Pit River
2,736 ft (834 m)
|Length||48.7 mi (78.4 km)|
The creek rises in two forks on the eastern slopes of Lassen Peak in Lassen Volcanic National Park, and flows northward through Lassen National Forest to its mouth at Lake Britton near Burney, California.
Hat Creek is so named because a surveyor lost his hat there.
Wild Trout Waterway
The lower three and a half miles of the creek has been designated by the California Department of Fish and Game as a "Wild Trout Waterway," with restrictive catch limits. This area has a similar geology to the chalk streams of southern England, and is considered a classic trout stream. The trout population is made of wild rainbow and brown trout of up to 20 inches (510 mm) in length.
During the May 19, 1915, eruption of Mount Lassen, a lahar or mudflow swept down Hat Creek and neighboring Lost Creek.
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