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White River
Country United States
State California
Region Central Valley
Cities White River, Ducor, Delano
Physical characteristics
Main source Bull Run Peak
Tulare County
6,800 ft (2,100 m)
River mouth Tulare Lakebed
near Delano, Tulare County
272 ft (83 m)
Length 50.7 mi (81.6 km)
  • Location:
    Ducor, CA
  • Minimum rate:
    0 cu ft/s (0 m3/s)
  • Average rate:
    10 cu ft/s (0.28 m3/s)
  • Maximum rate:
    2,760 cu ft/s (78 m3/s)
Basin features
River system Tulare Basin
Basin size 176 sq mi (460 km2)
  • Left:
    Arrastre Creek, Coarse Gold Creek
  • Right:
    Capinero Creek, Cove Creek, Chalaney Creek, Coho Creek

The White River is a small river in the southern San Joaquin Valley of the U.S. state of California. The river is 50.7 miles (81.6 km) long and flows entirely within Tulare County. It rises at roughly 6,800 feet (2,100 m) above sea level in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada on the northwest slope of Bull Run Peak. It flows west, receiving several seasonal tributaries including Arrastre Creek, Coarse Gold Creek and Coho Creek, passing the small settlement of White River. As it nears the border of Tulare County and Kern County its surface flow disappears. The dry riverbed continues northwest into the agricultural San Joaquin Valley and is diverted into canals for flood control and irrigation purposes. The river terminates about 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Delano, short of the historic Tulare Lake.

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