Elk Creek (Lake Erie)

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Coordinates: 42°1′28″N 80°22′20″W / 42.02444°N 80.37222°W / 42.02444; -80.37222
Elk Creek
Named for: the "elk"
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Erie
 - right Little Elk Creek
 - location McKean Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania
 - elevation 1,363 ft (415 m) [1]
 - coordinates 41°58′26″N 80°5′20″W / 41.97389°N 80.08889°W / 41.97389; -80.08889 [2]
Mouth Lake Erie
 - location Lake City, Erie County, Pennsylvania
 - elevation 572 ft (174 m) [1]
 - coordinates 42°1′28″N 80°22′20″W / 42.02444°N 80.37222°W / 42.02444; -80.37222 [2]
Length 30.4 mi (49 km) [1]
Basin 99.4 sq mi (257 km2) [1]
Location of the mouth of Elk Creek in Pennsylvania

Elk Creek is a 30.4-mile (48.9 km) tributary of Lake Erie in Erie County, Pennsylvania in the United States.[3] The creek is part of the Lake Erie Watershed and has a drainage basin of 99.4 square miles (257 km2). Elk Creek is stocked with brown trout and steelhead by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.[4]


Elk Creek has its origins in Fairview Township, McKean Township, and part of Summit Township. The creek flows northwest through Erie County and enters Lake Erie just west of Lake City in Girard Township.

Little Elk Creek joins Elk Creek in Girard Township and has its origins south in Elk Creek and Franklin Townships.

Elk Creek Access is a local park which can be reached off Pennsylvania Route 5.


  1. ^ a b c d Shaw, L. C.; W. F. Busch (June 1984). Pennsylvania Gazetteer of Streams, Part II. Water Resources Bulletin 16. Prepared in Cooperation with the United States Department of the Interior Geological Survey. Harrisburg, PA: Pennsylvania Department of Forest and Waters. p. 382. 
  2. ^ a b "Elk Creek". Geographic Names Information System. 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  3. ^ Gertler, Edward. Keystone Canoeing, Seneca Press, 2004. ISBN 0-9749692-0-6
  4. ^ "Elk Creek". Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-13. 

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