Basher Kill was named after Bashee, a local Native American woman. Many variant spellings have been recording, including "Ba-sha Kill", "Basha's Kill", "Basher's Kill", "Bashers Kil", Bashers Kill", and "Bashes Kil".
The stream flows through Basha Kill Wildlife Management Area, a manmade wetland maintained by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) as a New York State Wildlife Management Area. The NYSDEC built a dam along the watercourse in the 1970s to preserve the Basha Kill and its wildlife.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Basher Kill
- Eager, Samuel Watkins (1846). An Outline History of Orange County: Together with Local Tradition and Short Biographical Sketches of Early Settlers, Etc. T. E. Henderson. p. 392.
- "About The Basha Kill". Basha Kill Area Association. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
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