Salmon Creek


The Salmon Creek watershed drains about 35 square miles of western Sonoma County and includes the town of Freestone. In the early 1800s, Russian immigrants grew grain in the Freestone area to supply their settlement at Fort Ross. American settlement later led to logging of the redwood forest, the North Coast Pacific Railroad line, and additional agriculture. Today, the primary land uses in the watershed are for rural residences, rangeland, and some commercial vineyards. The town of Freestone retains a 19th century charm and is a historic district.