McWay Creek is a 2.5-mile-long (4.0 km) coastal stream in Monterey County in the U.S. state of California. It flows steeply west and south from McWay Canyon, high in the Coast Range of California, and spills into the Pacific Ocean at Waterfall Cove, after flowing over the famous McWay Falls. Most of the creek and its watershed are contained inside Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. The creek is named after Christopher McWay, a pioneer from the state of New York. A famous structure, the "Waterfall House", originally existed at the mouth of the creek overlooking the falls, while a hydroelectric plant operated by a Pelton wheel originally was powered by McWay Creek. The creek and its canyon are rich in vegetation types, due to the humid coastal climate with frequent fog and rainfall.
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