Pohick Creek

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Pohick Creek
Pohick Creek.jpg
Mouth Potomac River
Location Fairfax County, Virginia, US
Length 14.0 miles (22.5 km)
Mouth elevation 0 feet (0 m)

Pohick Creek is a 14.0-mile-long (22.5 km)[1] tributary stream of the Potomac River in Fairfax County in the U.S. state of Virginia. It takes its name from the Pohick Native American tribe once prevalent in the area.

Pohick Creek forms in the vicinity of Burke and flows southeast past the western edge of Fort Belvoir to empty into the tidal Pohick Bay, which itself empties, along with Accotink Bay, into Gunston Cove, an embayment of the tidal Potomac River. Pohick Creek is a popular stream for whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling, providing Class II and III rapids along a 5.5-mile (8.9 km) stretch between Hooes Road (Virginia Secondary Route 636) and the Richmond Highway (U.S. Route 1) at Lorton.

Converted Liberty ship Sturgis with MH-1A nuclear power reactor, in Gunston Cove, 1967.

Variant names[edit]

The following variant names have been listed on the Geographic Names Information System by the United States Geological Survey.

  • North West Branch
  • Poehick Creeke
  • Poheick Creek
  • West Branch

See also[edit]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed August 15, 2011