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The more northern one is a tributary of the Yuba River that begins near Frenchtown and flows to the northeast end of Collins Lake (which is formed by Virginia Ranch Dam on this Dry Creek). It then flows from the southwest end of Collins Lake to Browns Valley, where it enters the Yuba River in Hammon Grove Park. The total length of this Dry Creek is about 29 miles. Tributaries of this Dry Creek include Big Valley Creek, Costa Creek, Indiana Creek, Little Dry Creek, New York Creek, and Prince Albert Creek. Lake of the Springs is formed by the Los Verjeles Dam on this Dry Creek. The Smith Bar Ditch diverts water from this Dry Creek through Sicard Flat.
The more southern one is a tributary of the Bear River that begins on the northwest side of Sugarloaf in eastern Nevada County. It then flows west through Spenceville State Wildlife Area and into the northeast end of Beale Lake on Beale Air Force Base. It exits the southeastern fork of Beale Lake and flows slightly north of Wheatland to enter the Bear River in Rio Oso. The total length of this Dry Creek is about 19 miles. This is the only year-round creek in Spenceville State Wildlife Area.1 Significant places on it include Fairy Falls, Waldo Bridge, and Waldo Junction. Tributaries of this Dry Creek include Cox Creek, Vineyard Creek, Albion Ravine, Grasshopper Slough, and a different Little Dry Creek. Best Slough diverts some of the water from this Dry Creek into Algodón Slough in Plumas Lake.
1. California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State by David L. Durham. Word Dancer Press, 1998