Santa Ana River

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The Santa Ana River is the largest river entirely within Southern California in the United States.wikipedia
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Santa Ana Canyon

It rises in the San Bernardino Mountains and flows for most of its length through San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, before cutting through the northern Santa Ana Mountains via Santa Ana Canyon and flowing southwest through urban Orange County to drain into the Pacific Ocean.
Santa Ana Canyon (Cañón de Santa Ana), or the Santa Ana Narrows, is the water gap where the Santa Ana River passes between the Santa Ana Mountains and the Chino Hills, near the intersection of Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties.

Santa Ana Mountains

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It rises in the San Bernardino Mountains and flows for most of its length through San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, before cutting through the northern Santa Ana Mountains via Santa Ana Canyon and flowing southwest through urban Orange County to drain into the Pacific Ocean.
The range starts in the north at the Whittier Fault and Santa Ana Canyon, through which the Santa Ana River flows.

Riverside County, California

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It rises in the San Bernardino Mountains and flows for most of its length through San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, before cutting through the northern Santa Ana Mountains via Santa Ana Canyon and flowing southwest through urban Orange County to drain into the Pacific Ocean. The river turns south, passing through the Seven Oaks Dam, and reaches the arid Inland Empire lowland covering large parts of San Bernardino County and Riverside County.
Riverside County was named for the Santa Ana River in 1870.

Riverside, California

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Many cities established during this time including Santa Ana, Riverside and Anaheim derived their names from the river.
It is named for its location beside the Santa Ana River.

Santiago Creek

Santiago Canyon
Because it was one of the only reliable sources of water in a wide region, many large ranchos developed along the river and one of its major tributaries, Santiago Creek.
About 34 mi long, it drains most of the northern Santa Ana Mountains and is a tributary to the Santa Ana River.

Santa Ana, California

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Many cities established during this time including Santa Ana, Riverside and Anaheim derived their names from the river.
Santa Ana is in Southern California, adjacent to the Santa Ana River, about 10 mi from the coast.

San Bernardino Mountains

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It rises in the San Bernardino Mountains and flows for most of its length through San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, before cutting through the northern Santa Ana Mountains via Santa Ana Canyon and flowing southwest through urban Orange County to drain into the Pacific Ocean.
South of the Big Bear area the range is cut by the Santa Ana Canyon, the broad valley of the Santa Ana River, and rises dramatically to culminate at Mount San Gorgonio and eleven other peaks that exceed 10000 ft in elevation.

Anaheim, California

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Many cities established during this time including Santa Ana, Riverside and Anaheim derived their names from the river.
Anaheim's name is a blend of Ana, after the nearby Santa Ana River, and German -heim meaning "home", which is also a common Germanic place name compound (compare Trondheim in Norway and many place names in Germany).

Orange County, California

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It rises in the San Bernardino Mountains and flows for most of its length through San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, before cutting through the northern Santa Ana Mountains via Santa Ana Canyon and flowing southwest through urban Orange County to drain into the Pacific Ocean.
The Santa Ana River is the county's principal watercourse, flowing through the middle of the county from northeast to southwest.

Seven Oaks Dam

The river turns south, passing through the Seven Oaks Dam, and reaches the arid Inland Empire lowland covering large parts of San Bernardino County and Riverside County.
Seven Oaks Dam is a 550 ft high earth and rock fill embankment dam across the Santa Ana River in the San Bernardino Mountains, about 4 mi northeast of Redlands in San Bernardino County, southern California.

City Creek (California)

City Creek
It receives Mill Creek from the south and passes to the south of San Bernardino, then receives City Creek from the north and San Timoteo Creek from the south.
City Creek is a 7.5 mi tributary of the Santa Ana River in western San Bernardino County in the U.S. state of California.

Temescal Creek (Riverside County)

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Two major tributaries of the river join in the reservoir area: Chino Creek from the north, and Temescal Creek from the south.
Flowing primarily in a northwestern direction, it connects Lake Elsinore with the Santa Ana River.

Bear Creek (Santa Ana River tributary)

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About 18 mi from its headwaters, it receives its first major tributary, Bear Creek, which enters from the north.
Bear Creek is an approximately 17 mi tributary of the Santa Ana River in the San Bernardino Mountains of the U.S. state of California.

Prado Dam

From there to Prado Dam the river supports a riparian zone with considerable greenery.
Prado Dam is an earth-fill dam across the Santa Ana River at the Chino Hills near Corona, California in Riverside County with the resulting impounded water creating Prado Flood Control Basin reservoir.

San Timoteo Creek

It receives Mill Creek from the south and passes to the south of San Bernardino, then receives City Creek from the north and San Timoteo Creek from the south.
A tributary of the Santa Ana River, it flows through San Timoteo Canyon.

Mill Creek (San Bernardino County)

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It receives Mill Creek from the south and passes to the south of San Bernardino, then receives City Creek from the north and San Timoteo Creek from the south.
It is a major tributary of the Santa Ana River.

Chino Creek

Two major tributaries of the river join in the reservoir area: Chino Creek from the north, and Temescal Creek from the south.
It is a tributary of the Santa Ana River.

Huntington Beach, California

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The mouth of the river is located in a small tidal lagoon between Huntington Beach and Newport Beach, at the northern end of Santa Ana River County Beach.
Nieto's western area was reduced in 1790 because of a dispute with the Mission San Gabriel, but he retained thousands of acres stretching from the hills north of Whittier, Fullerton and Brea, south to the Pacific Ocean, and from today's Los Angeles River on the west, to the Santa Ana River on the east.

Newport Beach, California

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The mouth of the river is located in a small tidal lagoon between Huntington Beach and Newport Beach, at the northern end of Santa Ana River County Beach.
The city is bordered on the west by Huntington Beach at the Santa Ana River; on the north by Costa Mesa, John Wayne Airport, the City of Irvine and UC Irvine; and on the east by Crystal Cove State Park.

Lytle Creek (California)

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Not far below the confluence with San Timoteo Creek, Lytle Creek enters from the north.
It is a tributary of Warm Creek, a tributary of the Santa Ana River.

San Gabriel River (California)

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In the northwest is the San Gabriel River, which empties into the Pacific at Long Beach.
It is the central of three major rivers draining the Greater Los Angeles Area, the others being the Los Angeles River and Santa Ana River.

California

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The Santa Ana River is the largest river entirely within Southern California in the United States.
The Mojave River is the primary watercourse in the Mojave Desert, and the Santa Ana River drains much of the Transverse Ranges as it bisects Southern California.

Fountain Valley, California

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After crossing under Interstate 5 it passes through the River View Golf Course, one of its few non-concreted sections within Orange County, and then becomes a concrete channel again through most of Santa Ana and Fountain Valley to a point below the 405 Freeway, where the river bed becomes natural (though the banks remain concrete).
Its eastern border is the Santa Ana River.

San Bernardino, California

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It receives Mill Creek from the south and passes to the south of San Bernardino, then receives City Creek from the north and San Timoteo Creek from the south.
Some major geographical features of the city include the San Bernardino Mountains and the San Bernardino National Forest, in which the city's northernmost neighborhood, Arrowhead Springs, is located; the Cajon Pass adjacent to the northwest border; City Creek, Lytle Creek, San Timoteo Creek, Twin Creek, Warm Creek (as modified through flood control channels) feed the Santa Ana River, which forms part of the city's southern border south of San Bernardino International Airport.

Lake Elsinore

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Temescal Creek drains the largest area of all the tributaries, because it provides the outflow from Lake Elsinore, into which the San Jacinto River flows.
At 1255 ft, the lake will spill into the outflow channel on its northeastern shore, known properly as Temescal Wash, flowing northwest through Temescal Canyon and feeding Alberhill Creek, which joins Temescal Creek, which in turn dumps into the Santa Ana River just northwest of Corona.