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Bear Creek is a tributary of the South Platte River in central Colorado in the United States. Its source is Summit Lake near Mount Evans. The stream flows to a confluence with the South Platte River in Sheridan, Colorado, just south of Denver. Bear Creek runs through the Bear Creek Watershed. Bear Creek Watershed totals 236 square miles (610 km2), including all tributaries that discharge into the Bear Creek Reservoir. The two main tributaries are Bear Creek and Turkey Creek. The watershed extends from Mount Evans Wilderness to the Town of Morrison.[3]

Bear Creek[1]
Bear Creek in Lair o the Bear Park.jpg
Bear Creek in Lair o' the Bear park.
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ locationClear Creek County, Colorado
 ⁃ coordinates39°35′51″N 105°38′29″W / 39.59750°N 105.64139°W / 39.59750; -105.64139
 ⁃ location
Confluence with South Platte
 ⁃ coordinates
39°39′00″N 105°00′49″W / 39.65000°N 105.01361°W / 39.65000; -105.01361Coordinates: 39°39′00″N 105°00′49″W / 39.65000°N 105.01361°W / 39.65000; -105.01361
 ⁃ elevation
5,266 ft (1,605 m)
Basin sizeBear Creek Watershed[2]
Basin features
ProgressionSouth PlattePlatte
Bear Creek leaving Summit Lake
Bear Creek Lake near Morrison Colorado.

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  1. ^ "Bear Creek". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2013-05-15.
  2. ^ Bear Creek Watershed Retrieved 2014-10-21. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Bear Creek Watershed". Retrieved 2014-10-21.

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