Pacific Beach is a community situated at the mouth of Joe Creek, where the estuary is a strongly stratified lagoon with freshwater overlying saline water caused by a shallow sill that restricts circulation, about 25 miles (40 km) northwest of Hoquiam and 11 miles (18 km) south of Moclips, Washington.
Tlell River starts on the eastern flank of Graham Island in Haida Gwaii and drains a watershed of about 85,000 acres (34,400 ha), flowing generally north-northeast for 28 miles (45 km) to Hecate Strait near the wreck of the steamship SS Pezuta, about 29 miles (47 km) south-southeast of Masset and 4.5 miles (7 km) north of Tlell, British Columbia.
Sheshalik is a spit about 6 miles (10 km) long consisting of accretionary beach ridges with some lagoons situated in Cape Krusenstern National Monument, about 40 miles (64 km) south of Noatak and 10 miles (16 km) northwest of Kotzebue, Alaska.
Sycamore Creek flows generally west for about 2 miles (3.2 km) from the crest of Pfeiffer Ridge in the Los Padres National Forest through Sycamore Canyon to Pfeiffer Beach on the Big Sur coast, about 26 miles (42 km) south of Monterey and 21 miles (34 km) northwest of Lucia, California.
Cannery Creek is the site of a salmon hatchery on the eastern shore of Unakwik Inlet in Prince William Sound and the Chugach National Forest, about 42 miles (68 km) northeast of Whittier and 41 miles (66 km) west-southwest of Valdez, Alaska.
Beaver Creek starts at an elevation of about 1,400 feet (427 m) in the Oregon Coast Range and flows generally west for 16 miles (26 km) draining a watershed of 32,500 acres (13, 152 ha) and enters the Pacific Ocean at Ona Beach, about 9 miles (14.5 km) south of Newport and 7 miles (11.3 km) north of Waldport, Oregon.
The Salinas River starts in the central California Coast Ranges and drains a watershed of 2.7 million acres (1 million ha), flowing 175 miles (282 km) generally northwest to Monterey Bay, about 12 miles (19 km) north-northeast of Monterey and 3 miles (5 km) west-southwest of Castroville, California.
Twin Rocks is a set of sea stacks situated about 0.5 miles (0.8 km) offshore and 1 mile (1.6 km) south-southwest of Rockaway Beach, a seaside community on a continuous strand that extends for 6 miles (10 km) from the mouth of the Nehalem River to the north and Tillamook Bay to the south, about 4 miles (6 km) south-southwest of Nedonna Beach and 2 miles (3.2 km) north-northwest of Barview, Oregon.
MacDonald Spit is a sediment deposition feature about 1 mile (1.6 km) long, caused by longshore drift from west to east, that forms the northwestern shore of Kasitsna Bay on the south coast of Kachemak Bay on the Kenai Peninsula, about 5 miles (8 km) northeast of Seldovia, Alaska.
Allyn is a community at the mouth of Sherwood Creek on the western shore of Case Inlet in the North Bay region of South Puget Sound, about 21 miles (34 km) northwest of Tacoma and 17 miles (27 km) northeast of Shelton, Washington.
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