Baxter Creek

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Baxter Creek
Stege Creek
The Northern terminus of the Ohlone Greenway trail at Baxter Creek Gateway Park
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Location of the mouth of Baxter Creek in California
Country United States
State California
Region Contra Costa County
City Richmond, El Cerrito
Physical characteristics
SourceThe Presidio
 - locationBerkeley Hills
Mouth Stege Marsh, San Francisco Bay
 - location
Richmond, California
 - elevation
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Baxter Creek or Stege Creek [1] (also archaically Bishop Creek [1] ), is a three-branch creek in Richmond and El Cerrito, California, United States, forming the Baxter Creek watershed. The creek has three sources and flows from the Berkeley Hills to Stege Marsh and the San Francisco Bay. The Baxter Creek watershed at-large has 10 sources. [2]

Richmond, California City in California, United States

Richmond is a city in western Contra Costa County, California, United States. The city was incorporated on August 7, 1905. Located in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, Richmond borders the cities of San Pablo, Albany, El Cerrito and Pinole in addition to the unincorporated communities of North Richmond, Hasford Heights, Kensington, El Sobrante, Bayview-Montalvin Manor, Tara Hills, and East Richmond Heights, and for a short distance San Francisco on Red Rock Island in the San Francisco Bay. Richmond is one of two cities, the other being San Rafael, California, that sits on the shores of San Francisco Bay and San Pablo Bay simultaneously.

California State of the United States of America

California is a state in the Pacific Region of the United States. With 39.6 million residents, California is the most populous U.S. state and the third-largest by area. The state capital is Sacramento. The Greater Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nation's second and fifth most populous urban regions, with 18.7 million and 8.8 million residents respectively. Los Angeles is California's most populous city, and the country's second most populous, after New York City. California also has the nation's most populous county, Los Angeles County, and its largest county by area, San Bernardino County. The City and County of San Francisco is both the country's second-most densely populated major city after New York City and the fifth-most densely populated county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs.

Berkeley Hills

The Berkeley Hills are a range of the Pacific Coast Ranges that overlook the northeast side of the valley that encompasses San Francisco Bay. They were previously called the "Contra Costa Range/Hills", but with the establishment of Berkeley and the University of California, the current usage was applied by geographers and gazetteers.


The creek has been largely culverted over the years since the Rancho San Pablo and the subdivided Bishop Ranch, then known as Bishop Creek, were urbanized. Residents missed the creek when it disappeared under the asphalt and formed Friends of Baxter Creek. This group has aided in the restoration of several portions of the creek. Baxter Creek Park, Poinsett Park, and Booker T. Anderson Park are now in a more natural riparian condition, though the Anderson Park portion has been plagued by litter and shopping carts. [3] [4]

Rancho San Pablo was a 17,939-acre (72.60 km2) land grant in present-day Contra Costa County, California given in 1823 by Governor Luís Antonio Argüello to Francisco María Castro (1775–1831), a former soldier at the San Francisco Presidio and one-time alcalde of the Pueblo of San José. The grant was reconfirmed by Governor José Figueroa in 1834 to the heirs of Francisco Castro, including Víctor Castro. The San Pablo grant covered what is now Richmond, San Pablo, and Kensington in western Contra Costa County.

The Ohlone Greenway bicycle and pedestrian path has its northern terminus at Baxter Creek Gateway Park, located just north of where the BART tracks cross over San Pablo Avenue in Richmond.

Ohlone Greenway

The Ohlone Greenway is a 4.5-mile (7.2 km) pedestrian and bicycle path in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area.

The origins of the name Baxter Creek is unknown, but historians believe it to be from a family which once owned land in the area. Stege is from Richard Stege and Bishop comes from Thomas Bishop, who once owned large tracts of land in the area. [5]

Much of the streamside vegetation that had been restored to Booker T. Anderson Park was chainsawed away and leveled due to concerns that the riparian habitat hid muggings, drug dealings, and public sex from police patrols. [6]

Public sex sexual activity that takes place in a public place or in a private place which can be viewed from a public place

Public sex is sexual activity that takes place in a public context. It refers to one or more persons performing a sex act in a public place, or in a private place which can be viewed from a public place.

See also

Cerrito Creek

Cerrito Creek is one of the principal watercourses running out of the Berkeley Hills into San Francisco Bay in northern California. It is significant for its use as a boundary demarcation historically, as well as presently. In the early 19th century, it separated the vast Rancho San Antonio to the south from the Castro family's Rancho San Pablo to the north. Today, it marks part of the boundary between Alameda County and Contra Costa County. The main stem, running through a deep canyon that separates Berkeley from Kensington, is joined below San Pablo Avenue by a fan of tributaries, their lower reaches mostly in culverts. The largest of these is Middle or Blackberry Creek, a southern branch.

The Richmond Greenway is a pedestrian and bicycle path in Richmond, California.


  1. 1 2 Creek History Archived December 7, 2006, at the Wayback Machine .,, retrieved August 15, 2007
  2. Baxter Creek - Fluvius Innominatus Topo, 1995
  3. Post-Project Appraisal of Baxter Creek at Booker T. Anderson Park : Shopping Carts - The New Boulders
  4. Baxter Creek bash Saturday Archived 2007-03-11 at the Wayback Machine . Justin Hill
  5. FAQ Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine ., Friends of Baxter Creek website, retrieved August 15, 2007
  6. Green Neighbords: The Richmond chainsaw massacre part one. Ron Sullivan. Berkeley Daily Planet . 18-09-2009. Retrieved 28-01-2011.
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Searchtool.svg Baxter Creek and Stege Marsh

Coordinates: 37°54′31″N122°19′49″W / 37.90856°N 122.33034°W / 37.90856; -122.33034

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