Oriskany Creek

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Oriskany Creek
Oriskany creek.jpg
The site of a patriot ambush during the Battle of Oriskany at Oriskany Creek
Country United States
State New York
Counties Madison, Oneida
Tributaries
 - left Deans Creek
 - right White Creek, Turkey Creek,
Big Creek, Buckley Mill Creek
Source
 - location Stockbridge, Madison County
 - coordinates 42°57′36″N 75°33′17″W / 42.96000°N 75.55472°W / 42.96000; -75.55472 [1]
Mouth Mohawk River
 - location Whitestown, Oneida County
 - coordinates 43°09′50″N 75°19′26″W / 43.16389°N 75.32389°W / 43.16389; -75.32389Coordinates: 43°09′50″N 75°19′26″W / 43.16389°N 75.32389°W / 43.16389; -75.32389 [1]
Length 33 mi (53 km) [2]
Location of the mouth of the Oriskany Creek in New York State.

Oriskany Creek is a 33-mile-long (53 km)[2] river in New York, United States. It rises in Madison County and flows northeastward, primarily through Oneida County.[1] Oriskany Creek is a tributary of the Mohawk River and therefore part of the Hudson River watershed.

Oriskany Creek is wide and shallow, affording passage to only canoes, and that for only part of its length. The creek is known for its brown trout, which are caught from the shore or by wading.

History[edit]

The Oneida village of Oriska was located near the mouth of the creek, by the Mohawk River.

During the American Revolutionary War, part of the Battle of Oriskany was fought in a swampy, steep ravine, near the mouth of the river.

When settlers arrived, the creek became the power source of many mills along its course.

The creek was an important source of water for the former Chenango Canal, which attempted to link the Southern Tier of New York to the Erie Canal.

Communities along the creek[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Oriskany Creek". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved April 23, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2012-04-05 at WebCite, accessed October 3, 2011