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House Creek
Country United States
State California
Region Sonoma County
Physical characteristics
Main source Welbridge Ridge
14 mi (20 km) west of Healdsburg, California
2,200 ft (670 m)
River mouth Wheatfield Fork Gualala River
11 mi (18 km) north of Fort Ross, California
322 ft (98 m)
Basin features
Tributaries
  • Left:
    Cedar Creek, Pepperwood Creek, Allen Creek
  • Right:
    Britain Creek, Soda Spring Creek

House Creek is a 12.3-mile-long (19.8 km) stream in the mountains of western Sonoma County, California which empties into the Wheatfield Fork Gualala River.

Course

The creek originates on Welbridge Ridge and descends initially to the west. Cedar Creek enters from the southeast, then Britain Creek from the north. It follows Sewell Road southward for about 0.5 miles (0.8 km) to where Pepperwood Creek enters from the east, then westward about 0.6 miles (1.0 km) to where Allen Creek enters from the southwest. It then flows generally northward. After Soda Spring Creek enters from the east, the creek crosses under Stewarts Point Skaggs Springs Road and empties into the Wheatfield Fork.

Habitat and pollution

As of 2000, House Creek and most of its major tributaries supported steelhead trout. However, by 2002 the trout were so threatened that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration took action against Hedgpeth Ranch operator James Soper for killing 34 juvenile fish by driving a tractor through the creek.

Bridges

The Stewarts Point Skaggs Springs Road bridge was built in 1921 and widened to 34.5 feet (10.5 m) in 1976. By road it is 20.8 miles (33.5 km) east of State Route 1. It consists of three spans, each roughly 50 feet (15 m) long. Sonoma County bid out the seismic retrofitting of this structure in 2002.

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