Beaver River (Pennsylvania)

The Beaver River is a tributary of the Ohio River in Western Pennsylvania in the United States with a length of approximately 21 mi (34 km). It flows through a historically important coal-producing region north of Pittsburgh. The Beaver River is formed in Lawrence County by the confluence of the Mahoning and Shenango rivers in the Mahoningtown neighborhood of New Castle.[4] It flows generally south, past West Pittsburg and Homewood. It receives Connoquenessing Creek west of Ellwood City and flows past Beaver Falls and New Brighton. It joins the Ohio at Bridgewater and Rochester (flowing between these two towns) at the downstream end of a sharp bend in the Ohio approximately 20 mi (32 km) northwest of (and downstream from) Pittsburgh. In the lower reaches near the Ohio River, the Beaver cuts through a gorge of underlying sandstone. The river is roughly parallel to the border with the state of Ohio, with both Interstate 376 and Pennsylvania Route 18 running parallel to the river itself.

Beaver River
Beaver River Beaver Falls.jpg
Looking northward along the Beaver River at Beaver Falls.
CountryUnited States
CountiesLawrence, Beaver
CitiesBeaver Falls, New Brighton, Rochester, Bridgewater
Physical characteristics
SourceConfluence of Mahoning River and Shenango River
 ⁃ locationMahoningtown, New Castle
 ⁃ coordinates40°57′29″N 80°22′43″W / 40.95806°N 80.37861°W / 40.95806; -80.37861[2]
 ⁃ elevation760 ft (230 m)[1]
MouthOhio River
 ⁃ location
boundary of Bridgewater and Rochester
 ⁃ coordinates
40°41′49″N 80°17′21″W / 40.69694°N 80.28917°W / 40.69694; -80.28917Coordinates: 40°41′49″N 80°17′21″W / 40.69694°N 80.28917°W / 40.69694; -80.28917[2]
 ⁃ elevation
682 ft (208 m)[2]
Length21 mi (34 km)
Basin size3,163.92 square miles (8,194.5 km2)[3]
 ⁃ average4,090.1 cu ft/s (115.82 m3/s) at mouth with Ohio River[3]
Basin features
River systemOhio River
 ⁃ leftMcKee Run
Snake Run
Connoquenessing Creek
Thompson Run
Bennett Run
Blockhouse Run
McKinley Run
 ⁃ rightEdwards Run
Jenkins Run
Eckles Run
Wampum Run
Stockman Run
Clarks Run
Wallace Run
Walnut Bottom Run
Brady Run
Hamilton Run

The river, which flows throughout the northern half of Beaver County, serves as the namesake of the county[5] as well as several locales in both Beaver and Lawrence County. The river itself was either named for King Beaver (Tamaqua) of the Delaware nation that had migrated to the area in the late 1740s, or for the animal itself.[6] Until the partition of Lawrence County from parts of Beaver and Mercer County in 1849, the river was entirely located in Beaver County, with its upstream terminus being at the border between Beaver and Mercer County from 1800-1849.

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See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Beaver River Topo Map, Beaver County PA (Beaver Area)". TopoZone. Locality, LLC. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  2. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Beaver River (Pennsylvania)
  3. ^ a b "Beaver River Watershed Report". Waters Geoviewer. US EPA. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  4. ^ Google Maps
  5. ^ Hoover, Gladys L. (September 18, 1974). "County Got its Name From Stream". Beaver County Times. pp. C11. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
  6. ^ "INDIAN NAMES IN BEAVER COUNTY". Archived from the original on 2015-05-08. Retrieved 28 April 2015.

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