Oyster Creek (Texas)

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For the community in Brazoria County, Texas see: Oyster Creek, Texas.

Oyster Creek (Texas)
Missouri City TX FM 1092 at Oyster Creek.JPG
FM 1092 bridge over Oyster Creek in Missouri City
Location
CountryUnited States
Physical characteristics
Source 
 • locationFort Bend County, Texas
Mouth 
 • location
Brazoria County, Texas
Length52 mi (84 km)

Oyster Creek is a stream in Texas that rises at 29°39′38″N 95°45′25″W / 29.66066°N 95.75697°W / 29.66066; -95.75697 at a divergence from Dolly's Gully near Skinner Lane (Skinner Gate), north of Richmond in Fort Bend County. Likely Oyster Creek formerly rose at the mouth of Dolly's Gully on Jones Creek some 3500 feet to the SW prior to installation of control gates and a 350' channel from the (since removed) Second Lift pumping station by the Gulf Coast Water Authority, which utilizes the upper reaches of Oyster Creek to deliver municipal and irrigation water to various recipients in Fort Bend and Brazoria counties.[1]

Oyster Creek is north and east of, and roughly parallel to, the Brazos River.[2] It originally flowed southeast 52 miles to the Gulf of Mexico in Brazoria County. Portions of the stream no longer follow their natural course[3] because in Missouri City the upper section has been partially channelized,[4] ultimately connecting with the Brazos River via a short segment of Steep Bank Creek.[5]

The lower section continues on its meandering path from about a mile southeast of Steep Bank Creek, draining into the Intracoastal Waterway north of Surfside Beach.

See also[edit]

  • List of rivers of Texas
  • "An Analysis of Texas Waterways". Retrieved 2006-05-04.
  • "OYSTER CREEK (FORT BEND COUNTY)". Handbook of Texas Online, Texas State Historical Assn. Retrieved March 3, 2013.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Brandon Wade (September 30, 2020). Jones Creek & Oyster Creek (video). Gulf Coast Water Authority. Retrieved May 7, 2021.
  2. ^ ""Feature Detail Report for: Oyster Creek"". USGS Geographic Names Information Service.
  3. ^ "USGS Sugar Land, Tex Quadrangle 1955". Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  4. ^ "Watershed Map, Missouri City GIS System". Retrieved April 26, 2016.
  5. ^ ""Feature Detail Report for: Steep Bank Creek"". USGS Geographic Names Information Service.