The Eel River and Shasta Lake, California – March 27th, 2009
The Eel River pours greenish sediments into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California, USA, approximately 15 miles (24 km) south of Eureka.
At approximately 200 miles (320 km) long, it drains a rugged area in the California Coast Ranges between the Sacramento Valley and the ocean. For most of its course, the river flows northwest, parallel to the coast.
A major river system, the Eel River’s watershed of 3,684 square miles (9,537 km²) is the third largest in California. The river and its tributaries total 3,448 river miles (5,548 km), flowing through five counties.
Across the snow-capped mountains to the northeast, on the far right side of the image, another greenish body of water is visible: Shasta Lake, a reservoir created by the building of Shasta Dam in California.
Shasta Lake is the largest reservoir in the state, and third largest lake, after Lake Tahoe and the Salton Sea, with a capacity of 4,552,000 acre-feet (5.6 km³).