USGS Water-Year Summary 2020
11390000 Butte Creek near Chico, CA
LOCATION - Lat 39°43'34", long 121°42'28" referenced to North American Datum of 1927, in NW 1/4 NW 1/4 sec.36, T.22 N., R.2 E., Butte County, CA, Hydrologic Unit 18020158, on right bank, 1,000 ft downstream from covered bridge, 0.7 mi downstream from Little Butte Creek, and 7.5 mi east of Chico.
DRAINAGE AREA - 147 mi².
- WSP 1445: 1953 (instantaneous maximum discharge). WSP 1931: Drainage area.
PERIOD OF RECORD - October 1930 to current year. Monthly discharge only for some periods, published in WSP 1315-A.
GAGE - Water-stage recorder and crest-stage gage. Datum of gage is 321.34 ft above NAVD of 1988. Prior to Aug. 13, 1944, water-stage recorder at site 0.4 mi upstream at different datum. Aug. 13, 1944, to June 5, 1986, at datum 3.00 ft higher.
EXTREMES FOR PERIOD OF RECORD - Maximum discharge, 35,600 ft³/s, Jan. 1, 1997, gage height, 15.06 ft in gage well, 15.7 ft from floodmarks, on basis of slope-area measurement of peak flow, maximum gage height, 17.52 ft, Feb. 17, 1986, present datum; minimum discharge, 44 ft³/s, Aug. 23-29, 1931.
PERIOD OF RECORD
DISCRETE WATER-QUALITY DATA:
CHEMICAL DATA: Water years 1953-79.
SEDIMENT DATA: Water years 2001-02.
CONTINUOUS WATER-QUALITY DATA:
WATER TEMPERATURE: Water years November 1961 to January 1979, October 1998 to current year.
TURBIDITY: Water years January 2001 to September 2004.