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San Luis Rey River
River mouth from North Coast Hwy bridge.
Country United States
State California
Physical characteristics
Main source Lake Henshaw reservoir
Confluence of West Fork San Luis Rey River and Buena Vista Creek, Cleveland National Forest, San Diego County
2,627 ft (801 m)
River mouth Pacific Ocean
Oceanside, San Diego County
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Length 69 mi (111 km), East-west
  • Location:
  • Minimum rate:
    0 cu ft/s (0 m3/s)
  • Average rate:
    36.3 cu ft/s (1.03 m3/s)
  • Maximum rate:
    25,700 cu ft/s (730 m3/s)
Basin features
Basin size 557 sq mi (1,440 km2)
  • Left:
    Buena Vista Creek
  • Right:
    West Fork San Luis Rey River, Pauma Creek

The San Luis Rey River is a river in the southern part of the U.S. state of California. It begins in the Cleveland National Forest, near a mountain called Palomar Mountain, in several forks. It flows south into a reservoir, called Lake Henshaw. It then turns west and flows to its mouth at the Pacific Ocean. Altogether, it is about 55 miles (89 km) long. Its watershed covers an area of 562 square miles. The lower part of the river is polluted, but the water in the upper part of the river can be used for drinking water.

Nearby rivers

North along coast

South along coast

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