Over the years, high water and floods have washed the Etna Creek bed and pushed the banks wide. The Etna Creek flows into the Scott River about a mile or so further down.
Floods occur on this natural creek, when the snow melts — whether it melts because of typical spring warm weather or a winter Pineapple Express sweeping up from a tropical Pacific storm that attacks with days of warm rain on the alpine snowpack in December or January.
As the days grow warmer the snow is melting, BUT the water runs crystal clear.
Unfortunately, by the 4th of July, the creek will be dried up here at the Highway 3 bridge. Much of the snow will have melted up on Salmon Mt.
There will still be enough water for the residents of the City of Etna. The municipality has a legal Water Right. What water flow is left, tends to go sub-surface at this point.