Killbuck Creek (Kishwaukee River)

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Killbuck Creek
Basin features
Main source Malta Township, DeKalb County east of Creston, Illinois
848 ft (258 m)
41°56′18″N 88°56′06″W / 41.9383333°N 88.935°W / 41.9383333; -88.935 (Killbuck Creek origin)
River mouth 686 ft (209 m)
42°10′15″N 89°06′40″W / 42.1708333°N 89.1111111°W / 42.1708333; -89.1111111 (Killbuck Creek mouth)Coordinates: 42°10′15″N 89°06′40″W / 42.1708333°N 89.1111111°W / 42.1708333; -89.1111111 (Killbuck Creek mouth)
Progression Killbuck Creek → Kishwaukee → Rock → Mississippi → Gulf of Mexico
Physical characteristics
Length 28 mi (45 km)
GNIS ID 424443

Killbuck Creek is a 28-mile-long (45 km)[1] tributary of the Kishwaukee River in northern Illinois, United States.[2][3]


The creek runs north through southeastern Ogle County, where it cuts through Galena limestone and blue limestone. The Killbuck passes through Pine Rock Township, where a stone quarry was once located.[4] The mouth of Killbuck Creek is located about 1 mile (1.6 km) north of Kilbuck Bluffs Forest Preserve, a Winnebago County park.[5] In terms of square miles drained, Killbuck Creek is the third largest tributary of the Kishwaukee River behind the South Branch Kishwaukee River and Coon Creek.[6]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2012-04-05 at WebCite, accessed May 19, 2011
  2. ^ James, L. Allan. Management and Restoration of Fluvial Systems with Broad Historical Changes and Human Impacts, (Google Books link), Geological Society of America, 2009, pp. 110-111, (ISBN 0813724511), (ISBN 9780813724515).
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Killbuck Creek
  4. ^ Worthen, Amos Henry (Illinois State Geologist). Geological Survey of Illinois, Volume 5, (Google Books link), State Journal Steam Press, 1873, pp. 111-112.
  5. ^ Tyler, Bob. Canoeing Adventures In Northern Illinois: Apple River To Zuma Creek, (Google Books link), iUniverse, pp. 81-82 2004, (ISBN 0595310109).
  6. ^ Piscasaw Creek - Subwatershed plan, Kishwaukee River Ecosystem Partnership, May 2005, p. 3, 8 - 10, accessed January 23, 2011.