Owens River, Lone Pine

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The Owens River is a river in eastern California in the United States, approximately long. It drains into and through the Owens Valley, an arid basin between the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada and the western faces of the Inyo and White Mountains. The river terminates at the endorheic Owens Lake south of Lone Pine, at the bottom of a 2600mi2 watershed.
In the early 1900s the Owens was the focus of the California Water Wars, fought between the city of Los Angeles and the inhabitants of Owens Valley over the construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct. Since 1913, the Owens River has been diverted to Los Angeles, causing the ruin of the valley's economy and the drying of Owens Lake. In winter 2006, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power restored 5% of the pre-aqueduct flow to the river, by court order, allowing the Owens River Gorge, the river bed in the valley, and Owens Lake to contain a small amount of water.
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  • Wow. Every time we drive 395 it takes our breath away. This is a spectacular drive and there are plenty of attractions to stop at... access to Mt Whitney, to Death Valley, Mammoth, bristlecone pines, ...  more »
  • Owens River bisects the Owens valley. It is a windy stream that offers some fishing holes, abundant water foul, some other critters. Flowing all year. Very pretty late October into November with color...  more »

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