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Sycamore Creek
Kings River watershed.png
Map showing the course of the Kings River, and Pine Flat Lake
Country United States
State California
Region Fresno County
Physical characteristics
Main source Pine Ridge, about 2 miles SW of Sierra Cedars, California, near Shaver Lake
5,540 ft (1,690 m)
River mouth confluence with Pine Flat Lake, Kings River
968 ft (295 m)
Length 24 mi (39 km)
  • Location:
    at creek at elevation of 1141.96 ft
  • Minimum rate:
    0 cu ft/s (0 m3/s)
  • Maximum rate:
    6,760 cu ft/s (191 m3/s)
Basin features
Basin size 56.5 sq mi (146 km2)

Sycamore Creek is a stream, tributary to the Kings River, in Fresno County, California.

It has its source on the south face of Pine Ridge, in the Sierra National Forest at an elevation of 5540 feet, about 2 miles SW of Sierra Cedars, California, near Shaver Lake. It descends steeply to its confluence with its north fork at just below 2000 feet elevation and continues southward to its mouth on Pine Flat Lake on the Kings River at 968 feet.

Sycamore Creek is about 12 miles (19 km) long, flowing in a generally southeasterly direction, with tributary North Fork Sycamore Creek and Watts Creek adding to its waters along the way. Prior to the construction of the Pine Flat Dam and the creation of Pine Flat Lake, Sycamore Creek flowed directly into the Kings River above the original site of the town of Trimmer, California.


The flats at the mouth of Sycamore Creek along the Kings River was the site of the 1850 settler cabin and farm of William Mayfield an early pioneer settler of the San Joaquin Valley and father of Thomas Jefferson Mayfield who grew up there and across the river in the village of the friendly Choinumni, Yokut people after his stepmother died. The site of the cabin and village are now under Pine Flats Lake.

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