About Stevens Creek

Where is Stevens Creek?

Stevens Creek is one of the most natural creeks in the San Francisco Bay Area. Beginning on the flanks of Black Mountain in the Santa Cruz Mountains, it flows through Stevens Canyon and then through Cupertino, Los Altos, Sunnyvale, and Mountain View, on its way to join the San Francisco Bay.

In Santa Clara County and in Cupertino, Stevens Creek flows northeast from the 1000-acre Stevens Creek County Park, through Deep Cliff Golf Course, McClellan Ranch Park, and Blackberry Farm Golf Course. From there the Creek forms the border between Los Altos and Sunnyvale. In Mountain View it runs roughly parallel to Highway 85 until it reaches Highway 101 where it flows into the Bay between Moffett Field to the south and Shoreline Park to the north. The total length of Stevens Creek is more than 20 miles.

Stevens Creek is named after Capt. Elisha Stephens, one of the early settlers of Cupertino.

In 2016 the Friends of Stevens Creek Trail (FoSCT), together with the Santa Clara County Creeks Coalition (SCCCC), assembled a partnership with the cities of Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Cupertino and also the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. Together, with these partners we provided the 25% local match funds to apply for a grant from Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) to study how to remove or mitigate a representative subset of the barriers to fish passage in Stevens Creek. The total project cost was $75,412.00 of which $52,162 came from the SCVWD grant.

Our consultant, Domenichelli and Associates, completed the report in November 2017. It describes cost effective methods for improving the creek conditions to meet established fish passage criteria. This was shared with SCVWD and presented to all of the partners on 2 November 2017. We then held a public forum presentation in conjunction with Grassroots Ecology as part of their Peninsula Watershed Forum series on 22 January 2018. You may review the report here.

As of 2018, we are again forming a team of stakeholders to tackle one of the projects studied in the report, the Deep Cliff Golf Course crossing. Standby for further updates on this project as it progresses.


Page last updated: 2018-03-13 at 11:39 GMT

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