Coyote Creek (Santa Clara County)

Coyote Creek (Santa Clara County)

Coyote Creek (Santa Clara County)

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Description:
Coyote Creek is a river that flows through the Santa Clara Valley in California, United States.

History

Coyote Creek was originally named Arroyo del Coyote by Padre Pedro Font when the de Anza Expedition reached it on Sunday, March 31, 1776.

Watershed

Although it is called a "creek", Coyote Creek is actually a river draining and running from the confluence of its East Fork and Middle Fork to southeast San Francisco Bay. The river's main source is on Mount Sizer near Henry W. Coe State Park and the surrounding hills in the Diablo Range, northeast of Morgan Hill, California. At the base of the Diablo Range, the creek is impounded by two dams, first Coyote Reservoir and then Anderson Reservoir. Nine major tributaries lie within the area that drains to these two reservoirs: Canada de los Osos, Hunting Hollow, Dexter Canyon, and Larios Canyon Creeks drain to Coyote Reservoir; Otis Canyon, Packwood, San Felipe, Las Animas, and Shingle Valley Creeks drain to Anderson Reservoir. Coyote Reservoir Dam was built across the active 1000-ft wide trace of the Calaveras fault by the Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) between 1934–36, storing 10,000 acre-feet of water. From Anderson Reservoir Coyote Creek continues from Morgan Hill through Coyote into San Jose. As Coyote Creek...
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