Water Conditions - Creeks
- After heavy rains many creeks are uncrossable.
- Use extreme care when crossing creeks.
- By late spring most of the creeks are reduced to isolated pools.
- On long hikes, be sure to take plenty of water.
- On warm days, take more water than you think you'll need.
- Consider recent weather conditions.
- Don't rely on one observation about water availability.
- Check with park staff for the latest information.
- Consider alternate water sources as a backup.
- Purify all backcountry water that you intend to consume.
- Even when purified, consume at your own risk.
- Bury human waste and wash dishes at least 100 feet from streams, lakes, and springs.
- Water observations are collected by park staff, park volunteers and park visitors.
- Dates are highlighted if information is more than 90 days old.
- For more information see Water Resources in Coe Park.
- Click here for Water Conditions - Lakes and Ponds.
- Click here for Water Conditions - Springs.
- Click here for Trail Conditions.
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|Canada de la Dormida at the bottom of Vasquez Trail||No||08/24/19||One very small clear pool. Won't last too long. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Chris V837)|
|Coon Hunter's Creek along Wagon Road||Yes||02/13/20||Gentle flow, fairly clear. (Report by Paul V708)|
|USGS Coyote Creek Gauge Station||See Flow Chart||7 day selected||This gauging station is located on the Coyote Creek approximately 2 miles downstream of Coe Park's Hunting Hollow entrance. It gives a good over-all impression of stream flow in the Park but be aware there is a time lag for storm events due to the distances involved. See the Grizzly Gulch Creek report below for more on relative values. Clicking on USGS Coyote Creek will take you to the USGS page. Also see the Gauge Height Chart.|
|Coyote Creek - East Fork at Arnold Camp||No||07/07/19||Plenty of water in the creek but the trough near the building is only half full and not flowing. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720)|
|Coyote Creek - East Fork at Bear Mtn Rd||Yes||07/12/19||Park visitor Harmut W reports a little flow starting at Water Gulch. (Posted by Paul V708)|
|Coyote Creek - East Fork at Los Cruzeros||Yes||03/01/20||The Stevenson Wilderness Expedition reports "Water flowing but low flow, most side channels are dry, lots of algae". (Posted by Paul V708)|
|Coyote Creek - East Fork at Schafer Corral Trail||No||11/21/19||Many deep pools remain in the narrows. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720)|
|Coyote Creek - Middle Fork at Mexican Flat||Yes||11/03/19||
Many deep clear pools, gentle flow in places. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720)
|Coyote Creek - Middle Fork at Upper Camp||Yes||11/03/19||Large deep clear pools. Gentle flow at places. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720)|
|Coyote Creek - Middle Fork at Hobbs Road||No||11/23/19||Many pools remain. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Paul V710)|
|Coyote Creek - Middle Fork at Skeels Meadow||Yes||08/04/19||2 fairly good pools; one upstream from the flat with the camps and one downstream at the boundary of the private inholding. . (Reports by Elena V720 & Paul V708)|
|Coyote Creek - Little Fork at Flat Frog Trail||No||11/22/20||Park visitor Tommy T reports mud and some brown puddles. (Posted by Sue V702)|
|Coyote Creek - Little Fork at Fish Trail||No||11/22/20||Park visitor Tommy T reports dry. (Posted by Sue V702) Photo 03/10/19 by Eric V780|
|Coyote Creek - Middle Fork at Poverty Flat||No||11/27/20||
Dry except for a white-hazed pool just upstream.There is a pool at the confluence of Little Fork and Middle Fork. Water was flowing, but just a trickle. (Posted by Sue V702 as report by Steve V797)
Coyote Creek at China Hole
Park visitor Jason G reports: "Coyote Creek at China Hole - pools of water, including the larger hole." (Posted by Paul V708)
|Coyote Creek near GYHS Bridge||No||10/20/20||Dry. (Report by Sue V702) Photo 04/13/13 by V708.|
|Grizzly Gulch - Lower Falls||Yes||01/09/20||No trail access; visit at your own risk. (Report by Paul V708) Photo 01/02/11 by V708.|
|Grizzly Gulch - Upper Falls||Yes||01/09/20||No trail access; visit at your own risk. (Report by Paul V708) Photo 01/02/11 by Brian W.|
|Grizzly Gulch Creek at 1st ford on Grizzly Gulch Trail||Yes||02/06/20||Very gentle flow this day. (Report by Paul V708) Photo 01/02/11 by V708. For reference, when this photo was taken the flow in the Coyote Creek downstream at the USGS gage station was approx. 800 cubic feet per second and the gage height was approx. 6.7 feet.|
|Hunting Hollow Creek at 1st ford past gate at HH Parking Lot||No||11/26/20||Dry at all crossings. (Reported by Sue V702) Photo 04/14/12|
|Hunting Hollow Creek at 3rd ford up from Parking Lot||No||11/2620||Dry at all crossings. (Reported by Sue V702) Photo 01/08/16|
|Hunting Hollow Creek - upstream near Wagon Road||No||11/26/20||Dry at all crossings. (Reported by Sue V702)|
|Kelly Cabin Creek at Coit Road||No||11/23/20||Dry. (Report by Sue V702)|
|Kelly Cabin Creek at Los Cruzeros||Yes||01/11/20||Water flowing and clear, though a bit low for this time of year. Small spring-fed pool ~ 1/4 mile upstream from Mahoney Meadows Road ford alway has water. Located at 37.172233, -121.479583. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Chris V837) Photo 10/12/13 by V708.|
|Mississippi Creek at Coit Road||No||07/16/20||Dry. (Report by Paul V708)|
|Orestimba Creek north of Rooster Comb Ranch boundary||Yes||03/01/20||The Stevenson Wilderness Expedition reports "light flow, can be stepped over". (Posted by Paul V708) Photo 04/12/14 by V708.|
|Pacheco Creek at Coit Road||No||11/19/20||Dry. (Report by Sue V702) Archival photo.|
|Pacheco Creek at Pacheco Falls||Yes||06/21/19||Barely a trickle. (Posted by Sue as reported by visitor Alex M.) Photo 10/12/13 by V708.|
|Pacheco Creek at Walsh Trail||No||07/30/20||Dry. (Reported by Sue V702)|
|Pacheco Creek at Hole in the Rock||No||07/20/20||Very light flow. Water clear. (Report by Sue V702) Photo 08/24/14 by Connie A-S.|
|Pacheco Creek at Kaiser Aetna Road||No||11/19/20||Pool is about 50%. (Report by Sue V702) Photo 06/14/14 by V708.|
|Pacheco Creek along North Fork Trail||No||07/20/20||Few pools remain and are beginning to become cloudy green. (Reported by Sue V702) Photo 08/24/14 by Connie A-S.|
|Pinto Creek Falls||No||09/05/16||Also known as "Barry's Bathtub". Park visitor Manfred K reports creek is not flowing. (Posted by Paul V708).|
Red Creek at Chaparral Trail
|No||11/22/19||Few pools remain upstream from Chaparral Trail. Flowing from Hatch Spring south about 1 mile. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720)|
Red Creek at Robison Creek Trail
|No||06/28/19||Dry. (Posted by Paul V708 as reported by visitor Hartmut W.)|
|Robison Creek Falls||Yes||06/28/19||Park visitor Hartmut W reports flowing from the trail crossing above the falls down to the confluence with Orestimba Creek. Note: falls are hard to see from Robison Creek Trail. (Posted by Paul V708)|
|Soda Springs Canyon Creek||Yes||03/07/20||Flowing well, easily crossed. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720) Photo 11/26/17 by Elena V720|