Feather River

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Feather River
Río de las Plumas, Ya-loo
River
Feather River Route bridges.jpg
Freight train crossing the North Fork, 2017
Country United States
State California
Regions Butte County, Yuba County, Sutter County
Part of Sacramento River Basin
Tributaries
 - left Yuba River, Bear River
 - right Sutter Bypass
Cities Oroville, Yuba City, Marysville
Primary source North Fork Feather River
 - location Confluence of Rice Creek and South Arm Rice Creek, Plumas County
 - elevation 5,436 ft (1,657 m) [1]
Secondary source Middle Fork Feather River
 - location Near Beckwourth, Sierra Valley, Plumas County
 - elevation 4,872 ft (1,485 m) [2]
Source confluence Lake Oroville
 - location Upstream of Oroville Dam
 - elevation 902 ft (275 m) [3]
Mouth Sacramento River
 - location Verona
 - elevation 26 ft (8 m) [4]
Length 73 mi (117 km), North-south [5]
Basin 6,197 sq mi (16,050 km²) [5][6]
Discharge for Nicolaus
 - average 8,321 cu ft/s (236 /s) [7]
 - max 357,000 cu ft/s (10,109 /s)
 - min 222 cu ft/s (6 /s)
Map of the Feather River watershed (not including the artificially connected Sutter Basin and Butte Creek drainage basins to the west)
Map of the Feather River watershed (not including the artificially connected Sutter Basin and Butte Creek drainage basins to the west)
TypeWild, Scenic, Recreational
DesignatedOctober 2, 1968

The Feather River is a river in Northern California in the United States. It is a tributary of the Sacramento River. The river originates in the Sierra Nevada mountains and is 114 kilometres (71 mi) long, flowing in a general southward direction.

The river is an important source of drinking and irrigation water for California. Oroville Dam is located on the river, near the city of Oroville.

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  1. "Rice Creek". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1990-08-01. Retrieved 2010-10-23.
  2. "Sierra Valley Channels". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1981-01-19. Retrieved 2010-10-23.
  3. "Lake Oroville". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1981-01-19. Retrieved 2010-10-23.
  4. "Feather River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1981-01-19. Retrieved 2010-10-23.
  5. 5.0 5.1 U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2012-04-05 at WebCite, accessed March 10, 2011
  6. "Boundary Descriptions and Names of Regions, Subregions, Accounting Units and Cataloging Units". U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2010-08-22.
  7. "USGS Gage #11425000 on the Feather River near Nicolaus". National Water Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1944–1983. Retrieved 2010-09-08.