Steer Creek (West Virginia)
Steer Creek is a tributary of the Little Kanawha River in central West Virginia in the United States. Via the Little Kanawha and Ohio rivers, it is part of the watershed of the Mississippi River, draining an area of 184 square miles (480 km2) in a rural region on the unglaciated portion of the Allegheny Plateau. It is 6.3 miles (10.1 km) long, or 31.7 miles (51.0 km) long including its Right Fork.
|Source||Right Fork Steer Creek|
|- location||western Braxton County|
|- elevation||1,230 ft (375 m) |
|- length||25.4 mi (41 km)|
|Secondary source||Left Fork Steer Creek|
|- location||central Braxton County|
|- elevation||1,242 ft (379 m) |
|- length||24.5 mi (39 km)|
|- location||Stumptown, Gilmer County|
|- elevation||696 ft (212 m) |
|Mouth||Little Kanawha River|
|- location||southeast of Grantsville, Calhoun County|
|- elevation||673 ft (205 m) |
|- coordinates||Coordinates: |
|Length||6.3 mi (10 km)|
|Basin||184 sq mi (477 km2)|
Steer Creek is formed by the confluence of its Right Fork and its Left Fork:
- The Right Fork Steer Creek, 25.4 miles (40.9 km) long, rises approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) northwest of Frametown in western Braxton County and flows generally north-northwestward into southern Gilmer County, through the communities of Tague, Rosedale, and Shock.
- The Left Fork Steer Creek, 24.5 miles (39.4 km) long, rises approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Gassaway in central Braxton County and flows generally northwestward into southern Gilmer County, through the communities of Chapel, Normantown, and Lockney.
The left and right forks converge at Stumptown and the main stem of Steer Creek flows west-northwestward into eastern Calhoun County, where it joins the Little Kanawha River approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) southeast of Grantsville.
According to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, approximately 91.1% of the Steer Creek watershed is forested, mostly deciduous. Approximately 8.7% is used for pasture and agriculture.
- Google Earth elevation for GNIS coordinates. Retrieved on 2011-03-07.
- Geographic Names Information System. "Geographic Names Information System entry for Right Fork Steer Creek (Feature ID #1545709)". Retrieved 2011-10-12.
- Geographic Names Information System. "Geographic Names Information System entry for Left Fork Steer Creek (Feature ID #1541732)". Retrieved 2011-10-12.
- Geographic Names Information System. "Geographic Names Information System entry for Steer Creek (Feature ID #1547372)". Retrieved 2011-10-12.
- West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. "Little Kanawha River". Watershed Atlas Project. Archived from the original on 2005-04-04. Retrieved 2011-10-12. External link in
- United States Environmental Protection Agency. "Watershed Assessment, Tracking & Environmental Results: Assessment Summary for Reporting Year 2008, West Virginia, Little Kanawha Watershed". Archived from the original on 2011-10-14. Retrieved 2011-10-13.
- West Virginia Atlas & Gazetteer. Yarmouth, Me.: DeLorme. 1997. pp. 34–35, 44–45. ISBN 0-89933-246-3.