Deer Creek, Nevada County, CA
The total length of Deer Creek is approximately 34 miles.
At 3100 feet elevation, the North and South Forks of Deer Creek meet. It flows into Scotts Flat Reservoir at 3069 feet. Deer Creek travels through Nevada City, (2300′) then drops down into Lake Wildwood (1200′). From there, it descends 1100 feet where it converges with the Yuba River below Englebright Dam.
Sixteen Locations Along Deer Creek
- North & South Forks Deer Creek – PDF
- Scotts Flat Reservoir & Spillway – PDF
- Lower Scotts Flat Lake & Spillway – PDF
- Below Lower Scotts Flat Lake – (private land not open to the public) – PDF
- Willow Valley Road – PDF
- Pine Street Bridge in Nevada City – PDF
- Tribute Trail – PDF
- Champion Mine / Newtown Ditch area – PDF
- Little Deer Creek Lane (creek banks are private land not open to the public) – PDF
- Bitney Springs Road and Newtown Road (private land not open to the public) – PDF
- Deer Creek Falls (private land not open to the public) – PDF
- Below Deer Creek Falls (private land not open to the public) – PDF
- Deer Creek entrance to Lake Wildwood (community membership required for access) – PDF
- Lakewildwood Spillway – PDF
- Mooney Flat Road below Lakewildood (private land not open to the public) – PDF
- Mooney Flat Road Bridge & Black Swan Preserve – PDF
Sixteen-page topographical map sections – entire length of Deer Creek – PDF
Formation of Deer Creek
The story of Deer Creek begins with the formation of the continent. It was during this phase of geologic time that gold was created.
Following is part of an Introduction to Physical Geology video course from the City College of San Francisco (Katryn Wiese). Videos below discuss how to identify minerals (formed by organic debris or volcanic glass) igneous (formed by lava), sedimentary (formed by compaction), and metamorphic (formed by pressure & temperature) rocks.
More About Minerals
Identifying Igneous Rock
Identifying Sedimentary Rock
Identifying Metamorphic Rock
Book: Crow’s Range; An Environmental History of the Sierra Nevada by David Beesley
Wikipedia – Sierra Nevada
California in 10 Million Years Lecture – Graham Kent, Scripps Institution of Oceanography