Oil Creek (Allegheny River)

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Oil Creek
Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad bridge spanning Oil Creek
Named for: "oil"
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
Counties Crawford, Venango
 - location Canadohta Lake, Crawford County, Pennsylvania
 - elevation 2,220 ft (677 m) [1]
 - coordinates 41°48′30″N 79°50′31″W / 41.80833°N 79.84194°W / 41.80833; -79.84194 [2]
Mouth Allegheny River
 - location Oil City, Venango County, Pennsylvania
 - elevation 985 ft (300 m) [1]
 - coordinates 41°25′54″N 79°42′33″W / 41.43167°N 79.70917°W / 41.43167; -79.70917Coordinates: 41°25′54″N 79°42′33″W / 41.43167°N 79.70917°W / 41.43167; -79.70917 [2]
Length 46.7 mi (75 km) [1]
Basin 319 sq mi (826 km2) [1]
Location of the mouth of Oil Creek in Pennsylvania

Oil Creek is a 46.7-mile (75.2 km) tributary of the Allegheny River in Venango and Crawford counties in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. It has a drainage area of 319 square miles (830 km2) and joins the Allegheny at Oil City. Attractions along the river include the Drake Well Museum and Oil Creek State Park. The stream was named after the oil that was found along its banks before the historic oil strike by Edwin Drake in Titusville, which Oil Creek flows through. Oil Creek is popular with canoeists and fishers. The creek is rated as a beginners creek for those interested in learning how to safely use canoes and kayaks. Oil Creek is a cold water fishery with bass and trout living in its waters.

View of the railroad bridge from above the stream

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  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. 270. 
  2. ^ a b "Oil Creek". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. August 2, 1979. Retrieved March 23, 2010. 

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