Nestled in the foothills above Stanford University lies Searsville Dam and, behind it, a lake by the same name. Since 1892, the dam has served as the headwaters of San Francisquito Creek, a meandering waterway that flows generally downhill and east all the way to the flat expanse of San Francisco Bay. The creek has the distinction of being the last riparian free-flowing urban creek on the southern San Francisco Bay Peninsula, and it is the last remaining run in that area of the federally threatened steelhead trout.
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