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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)[5] 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.[6]

Steer Creek
Steer Creek (West Virginia) is located in West Virginia
Steer Creek (West Virginia)
Location of the mouth of Steer Creek in Calhoun County, West Virginia
Location
CountryUnited States
StateWest Virginia
CountiesGilmer, Calhoun
Physical characteristics
SourceRight Fork Steer Creek
 - locationwestern Braxton County
 - coordinates38°38′41″N 80°55′57″W / 38.6448192°N 80.9326051°W / 38.6448192; -80.9326051[3]
 - length25.4 miles (40.9 km)
 - elevation1,230 ft (370 m)[2]
2nd sourceLeft Fork Steer Creek
 - locationcentral Braxton County
 - coordinates38°43′01″N 80°46′40″W / 38.717042°N 80.7778777°W / 38.717042; -80.7778777[4]
 - length24.5 miles (39.4 km)
 - elevation1,242 ft (379 m)[2]
Source confluence 
 - locationStumptown, Gilmer County
 - coordinates38°50′41″N 80°59′27″W / 38.8448122°N 80.990942°W / 38.8448122; -80.990942[1]
 - elevation696 ft (212 m)[3]
MouthLittle Kanawha River
 - location
southeast of Grantsville, Calhoun County
 - coordinates
38°52′27″N 81°03′24″W / 38.8742550°N 81.0567776°W / 38.8742550; -81.0567776Coordinates: 38°52′27″N 81°03′24″W / 38.8742550°N 81.0567776°W / 38.8742550; -81.0567776[1]
 - elevation
673 ft (205 m)[1]
Length6.3 mi (10.1 km)
Basin size184 sq mi (480 km2)

Steer Creek is formed by the confluence of its Right Fork and its Left Fork:

  • The Right Fork Steer Creek,[3] 25.4 miles (40.9 km) long,[6] 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.[7]
  • The Left Fork Steer Creek,[4] 24.5 miles (39.4 km) long,[6] 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.[7]

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.[7]

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.[5]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Geographic Names Information System. "Geographic Names Information System entry for Steer Creek (Feature ID #1547372)". Retrieved 2011-10-12.
  2. ^ a b Google Earth elevation for GNIS coordinates. Retrieved on 2011-03-07.
  3. ^ a b c Geographic Names Information System. "Geographic Names Information System entry for Right Fork Steer Creek (Feature ID #1545709)". Retrieved 2011-10-12.
  4. ^ a b Geographic Names Information System. "Geographic Names Information System entry for Left Fork Steer Creek (Feature ID #1541732)". Retrieved 2011-10-12.
  5. ^ a b 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 |work= (help)
  6. ^ a b c 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.
  7. ^ a b c West Virginia Atlas & Gazetteer. Yarmouth, Me.: DeLorme. 1997. pp. 34–35, 44–45. ISBN 0-89933-246-3.