Santa Maria River

The Santa Maria River is formed at the confluence of the Sisquoc River and Cuyama River and from there runs about 20 miles into the Pacific Ocean.

The Cuyama River headwaters are in the Chumash Wilderness area of the Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County.

The Twitchell Dam on the Cuyama river blocks Southern California steelhead trout access to about 66 miles of habitat and spawning grounds.

The Sisquoc River flows freely about 50 miles from its headwaters in the San Rafael Mountains (Los Padres National Forest) to its confluence with the Cuyama.

Related Projects: Southern California Steelhead Coalition, Fish Passage Forum & CA Hydropower Reform Coalition (CHRC)