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HNC Sec 100-107 DEFINITION AND DESCRIPTION (NAVIGABLE WATERS
HARBORS AND NAVIGATION CODE
100. Navigable waters and all streams of sufficient capacity to
transport the products of the country are public ways for the
purposes of navigation and of such transportation. However, the
floodwaters of any navigable river, stream, slough, or other
watercourse while temporarily flowing above the normal high-water
mark over public or private lands outside any established banks of
such river, stream, slough, or other watercourse are not navigable
waters and nothing in this section shall be construed as permitting
trespass on any such lands. For the purposes of this section,
"floodwaters" refers to that elevation of water which occurs at
extraordinary times of flood and does not mean the water elevation of
ordinary annual or recurring high waters resulting from normal
101. The following streams and waters are declared navigable and
are public ways:
Albion River, to a point three miles from its mouth.
Alviso Slough, sometimes called Steamboat Slough, lying between
the bay of San Francisco and the place where it was crossed by the
tracks of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company on June 10, 1913.
Big River, to a point three miles from its mouth.
Channel Street, in the city of San Francisco, from the bay to the
northeasterly line of Seventh Street, the width thereof to be one
hundred forty feet.
Clear Lake, in Lake County; but this declaration shall not
interfere with any rights of owners and claimants to reclaim swamp or
overflowed land around the margin of Clear Lake.
Corte Madera Creek, in Marin County, from its mouth to a point as
far as tidewater flows.
Coyote River between the bay of San Francisco and the place where
it was crossed by the tracks of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company
on June 10, 1913.
102. The following streams and waters are also navigable and are
Deer Creek, between its mouth and the house of Peter Lassen.
Devil's Slough, lying within the corporate limits of the city of
San Jose, or of the town of Sunnyvale in Santa Clara County, and
extending to San Francisco Bay.
Diablo Creek, from its junction with the Neuces, to a point
opposite the warehouse of Frank Such, in Contra Costa County.
Feather River, between its mouth and a point fifty feet below the
first bridge crossing Feather River above the mouth of the Yuba
Galinas, or Guyanas Slough or creek, in Marin County, from its
mouth to the line of the Sonoma and Marin Railroad as it existed on
March 18, 1907.
Guadalupe Slough, which is the outlet or mouth of the Guadalupe
River, and lies between San Francisco Bay and its junction with
103. The following streams and waters are also navigable and are
Johnson's Creek, from its mouth at San Francisco Bay to Simpson's
Keys Creek, also known as the Arroyo de San Antonio, in Marin
County, from its mouth at Tomales Bay to the warehouses on the point
at Keys embarcadero.
Klamath River, from its mouth in Del Norte County to its
confluence with the Shasta River in the county of Siskiyou; but this
shall not abrogate or infringe upon mining rights or the rights of
locating or operating mining claims on the Klamath River, existing on
August 21, 1933, otherwise than by being made subject to the public
rights of way herein declared.
Arroyo del Medo, in the county of Santa Clara, from its mouth to
the upper line of the town of New Haven.
Mission Creek, in the county of San Francisco.
Mokelumne River, between its mouth and the first falls.
Moro Cojo Slough, in Monterey County, from Salinas River to
104. The following streams and waters are also navigable and are
Napa River, between its mouth and a point sixty feet below the
westerly line of Lawrence Street in the city of Napa; First Napa
Creek, Second Napa Creek, and Third Napa Creek, in Sonoma County,
between Napa and Sonoma rivers.
Neuces Creek, from its mouth at Suisun Bay to a point one-half
mile above the warehouse of George P. Loucks.
Newport Bay, in the county of Orange, and all its arms, and the
sloughs connecting with the bay in which the tide ebbs and flows,
including "The Rialto" and "The Rivo Alto" as shown upon a map of
Canal Section, Newport Beach, recorded in Book 4, page 98 of
Miscellaneous Maps, records of Orange County, California.
Novato Creek, or estuary, in Marin County, from its mouth to
Noyo River, to a point three miles from its mouth.
Petaluma River, from its mouth to the southerly line of Washington
Street, in the city of Petaluma.
105. The following streams and waters are also navigable and are
Sacramento River, between its mouth and a point 100 feet below
Reid's Ferry, in Shasta County.
Salinas River and Elkhorn Slough, or Estero Viejo, in Monterey
County, from its mouth to a point as far up as tidewater flows.
San Joaquin River, between its mouth and Sycamore Point.
San Leandro Bay, in the County of Alameda, the waters included in
the estuary of San Antonio and the tidal canal connecting it with San
Leandro; and the airport channel extending from the bay.
San Rafael Creek, in Marin County, from its mouth to a point as
far as tidewater flows therein.
Sonoma River, between its mouth and a point opposite Fowler's
hotel in the town of San Luis.
Stockton Slough, between its mouth and a line 160 feet west of the
east line of Center Street extended in Stockton.
Suisun River, between its mouth and the Town of Suisun
Tuolumne River, between its mouth and Dickinson's Ferry.
Yuba River, between its mouth and a point at the mouth of the
slough at the foot of F Street, in the City of Marysville.
106. The following streams and waters are also navigable and are
The north branch of Alameda Creek, from its mouth to Eden Landing.
The streams and sloughs emptying into Eel River.
The streams and sloughs south of Eureka, in Humboldt County, which
prior to January 2, 1873, were used for the purpose of floating logs
The sloughs south of Humboldt Point, in Humboldt County, which at
high water mark have a depth of two feet of water, and which are wide
enough to float and admit a boat carrying five tons or more of
That part of a slough which lies between Simonds Canal in the town
of Alviso and the bay of San Francisco.
That certain creek running through the tideland survey numbered
68, and swamp and overflowed land survey numbered 145, from its mouth
to the head of the tidewater therein.
107. The coast line of the State of California from the boundary
line between it and Mexico on the south, to the boundary line between
it and Oregon on the north, is as defined and determined, on August
21, 1933, by the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey, and the
names of the islands, rocks, headlands, bays, bodies of water and
other geographic features are in accordance with nomenclature adopted
by the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey as shown on its
This section is not to be construed as defining or affecting
property rights or property boundaries.