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Willow Creek History

Willow CreekFor the past 150 years, Willow Creek has been at the center of economic and cultural development in the foothills of the Sierra. It’s the same Willow Creek that flows into Bass Lake; that moves through five powerhouses generating twenty-seven kilowatts of hydroelectricity for the State of California. It’s the same Willow Creek that rises at eight thousand feet in the Sierra Forest, crashes through narrow granite rock canyons, and meanders through serene mountain passes on its journey to its confluence with the San Joaquin River twenty-five miles below.

Logging railroads have carried their loads alongside and over Willow Creek. Ancient Native tribes made their homes along its banks. Each year thousands of people swim and boat and fish in its waters. In this history of Willow Creek, outdoor enthusiast, Marcia Penner Freedman, has tied together the threads of Willow Creek’s amazing story, weaving in tales of people whose lives have been touched in some way by Willow Creek.

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