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San Juan Creek
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Hikers ford San Juan Creek below the hot springs, February 2008.
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Map of the San Juan Creek watershed
Other name(s) San Juan River
Country United States
State California
Region Orange County, Riverside County
Physical characteristics
Main source head of San Juan Canyon, at the confluence of Morrell Canyon Creek with Bear Canyon Creek, Santa Ana Mountains
1,690 ft (520 m)
River mouth San Juan Lagoon, Doheny State Beach, Dana Point
0 ft (0 m)
Length 29 mi (47 km)
Discharge
  • Location:
    San Juan Capistrano
  • Minimum rate:
    0 cu ft/s (0 m3/s)
  • Average rate:
    26.1 cu ft/s (0.74 m3/s)
  • Maximum rate:
    14,700 cu ft/s (420 m3/s)
Basin features
Basin size 133.9 sq mi (347 km2)
Tributaries
  • Left:
    Lucas Canyon Creek, Verdugo Canyon Creek, Trampas Canyon Creek
  • Right:
    Lion Canyon Creek, Hot Springs Canyon Creek, Cold Spring Canyon Creek, Bell Canyon Creek, Cañada Gobernadora, Cañada Chiquita, Horno Creek, Arroyo Trabuco

San Juan Creek is a small river in Orange County, California, about 27 miles (43 km) long. Its watershed occupies 133.9 square miles (357 square kilometers). It begins in the Santa Ana Mountains, and ends, after a journey winding west and south, in the Pacific Ocean in Dana Point.

Its biggest tributary, Trabuco Creek or Arroyo Trabuco, is about 21 miles (34 km) long, flowing south from the Santa Ana Mountains into San Juan Creek. Oso Creek is a smaller tributary to Trabuco Creek, but has a lot of water in it the entire year.

Nearby rivers

North along coast

South along coast

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