Whitewater River (California)

The Whitewater River22222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222The Pacific Crest Trail enters the arroyo from the north and follows it downstream to a trailhead at a pay-to-fish trout farm. A few fish have escaped upstream, establishing a small population of wild but non-native Rainbow Trout. These fish are confined to places where there is shade or tributaries with cooler water. Apparently they are not sufficiently adapted to elevated summer temperatures to colonize the rest of the stream.

Below the PCT trailhead the enclosing hills fall away so the arroyo exits from the mountains near Palm Springs and joins the San Gorgonio River which rises further west on the south side of the San Gorgonio Mountains. Chino Creek, Tahquitz Creek, Palm Canyon Creek and Deep Creek also join, but the water mainly sinks into the porous desert floor, recharging the groundwater of the Coachella Valley. However during floods, surface water may reach the Salton Sea.


* [http://www.blm.gov/ca/pdfs/palmsprings_pdfs/IID-EIS/FINAL-3.%204-Water%20Resources.pdf Bureau of Land Management]
* [http://www.tpl.org/content_documents/D04_whitewater.pdf The Trust for Public Land]
* [http://www.coachella.org/pdf%20files/SEC_3.3.pdf City of Coachella]

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