Leading Creek (Ohio)

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Coordinates: 38°59′04″N 82°04′18″W / 38.9845230°N 82.0715312°W / 38.9845230; -82.0715312
Leading Creek
Leading Creek Ohio.jpg
Leading Creek in Rutland Township in 2007
Country United States
State Ohio
Counties Athens, Meigs
 - left Little Leading Creek
 - location Lee Township, Athens County
 - elevation 820 ft (250 m) [1]
 - coordinates 39°14′09″N 82°13′09″W / 39.2359064°N 82.2190367°W / 39.2359064; -82.2190367 [2]
Mouth Ohio River
 - location Middleport
 - elevation 538 ft (164 m) [2]
 - coordinates 38°59′04″N 82°04′18″W / 38.9845230°N 82.0715312°W / 38.9845230; -82.0715312 [2]
Length 29.5 mi (47 km)
Basin 150 sq mi (388 km2)
Map of Leading Creek and its watershed

Leading Creek is a tributary of the Ohio River, 29.5 miles (47.5 km) long,[3] in southeastern Ohio in the United States. Via the Ohio River, it is part of the watershed of the Mississippi River, draining an area of 150 square miles (390 km2)[3] on the unglaciated portion of the Allegheny Plateau. The creek's headwaters are in southern Athens County and it flows for most of its length in western Meigs County; its tributaries also drain a small area of northeastern Gallia County.[4]

Leading Creek rises northwest of Albany in Lee Township in Athens County and initially flows southward into Meigs County, through Columbia Township, past the community of Carpenter; then southeastward through Salem, Rutland, and Salisbury townships, through the community of Langsville. It flows into the Ohio River at the south end of the village of Middleport.[4]

Little Leading Creek[edit]

Little Leading Creek is a tributary of Leading Creek and flows for its entire length in Meigs County. It rises at 39°08′54″N 82°09′16″W / 39.14833°N 82.15444°W / 39.14833; -82.15444 in Scipio Township and flows southward through the village of Rutland to 39°01′32″N 82°08′15″W / 39.02556°N 82.13750°W / 39.02556; -82.13750 in Rutland Township.[4][5] It is 10.6 miles (17.1 km) long and drains an area of 25.6 square miles (66 km2).[3]

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  1. ^ Google Earth elevation for GNIS source coordinates. Retrieved on 2011-03-07.
  2. ^ a b c Geographic Names Information System. "Geographic Names Information System entry for Leading Creek (Feature ID #1066794)". Retrieved 2011-10-12. 
  3. ^ a b c Ohio Department of Natural Resources (August 2001). "Gazetteer of Ohio Streams". pp. 63–64. Retrieved 2011-10-12. 
  4. ^ a b c Ohio Atlas & Gazetteer. Yarmouth, Me.: DeLorme. 1991. pp. 79–80, 87. ISBN 0-89933-233-1. 
  5. ^ Geographic Names Information System. "Geographic Names Information System entry for Little Leading Creek (Feature ID #1042671)". Retrieved 2011-10-12.