The water is so clear at this point, you almost cannot see it. Photo by John Pilge. Photo by John Pilge 2010.

Corralitos Creek flows about 13 miles in the south of the county. Starting about 1200 feet in elevation, it is later fed by Rider Creek and then Browns Creek. Corralitos Creek flows into Salsipuedes Creek. Salsipuedes Creek flows into the Pajaro River. Corralitos Creek is part of the Corralitos Creek watershed.

Corralitos Creek provides spawning and rearing habitat for a Federally listed threatened species, the southern steelhead trout (Oncor-hynchus mykiss).

Corralitos Creek Watershed The Corralitos Creek watershed is the largest sub-watershed located in the Pajaro River watershed. It drains a watershed of approximately 23 square miles. The watershed includes College Lake, and about eight creeks. All of the flow in this watershed empties into the Pajaro River near Watsonville. The Corralitos watershed has four monitoring stations. The upper part of the watershed monitoring has had good results for water quality. A few location in the lower part of the watershed have tested higher than normal, but still within limits.

The USGS maintains a water level monitoring system on Corralitos Creek. It is known as monitoring site #11159200. The average annual flow through Corralitos Creek measured at Green Valley Road is 11,350 acre feet.

Communities Corralitos Creek does flow near the town of Corralitos. The creek is an important water source for the city of Watsonville.

Businesses Corralitos Creek flows through farmland and residential area.


The USGS maps showing Corralitos Creek:

Sequence Latitude(DEC) Longitude(DEC) Latitude(DMS) Longitude(DMS) Map Name
1 36.9349525 -121.7427275 365606N 1214434W Watsonville East
2 36.9363414 -121.7510611 365611N 1214504W Watsonville West
3 37.0680041 -121.8374538 370405N 1215015W Loma Prieta

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