In xeric lands, a gulch is a deep V-shaped valley formed by erosion. It may contain a small stream or dry creek bed and is usually larger in size than a gully. Sudden intense rainfall upstream may produce flash floods in the bed of the gulch.

In eastern Canada, gulch refers to:[1]

See also

  • Arroyo (creek)  A dry creek or stream bed with flow after rain
  • Coulee  Type of valley or drainage zone
  • Wadi  River valley, especially a dry (ephemeral) riverbed that contains water only during times of heavy rain
  • Draw (terrain)  Terrain feature formed by two parallel ridges or spurs with low ground in between


  1. "Gulch". Interesting and curious generic terms used in Canada. Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
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