- McCloud, CA
The McCloud River is a river that flows east of and parallel to the Sacramento River, 77.1 miles (124.1 km) long, in northern California in the United States. It drains a scenic mountainous area of the Cascade Range north of Redding and is a tributary of the Sacramento River.
The river was originally known as the "McLeod River", after the Hudson's Bay Company hunter and trapper Alexander Roderick McLeod who explored it during the winter of 1829-1830. By the 1860s, the spelling "McCloud" was widely used, likely because that was the conventional American spelling of the Scottish name, and perhaps in part to honor California pioneer Ross McCloud, who settled here in 1855.