Pine Creek (Rock River tributary)

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Pine Creek
Ogle County Pine Creek1.jpg
Pine Creek just downstream from White Pines Forest State Park
Location
Physical characteristics
Source 
 - locationOgle County north of Mount Morris, Illinois
 - coordinates42°05′22″N 89°26′30″W / 42.0894716°N 89.4417766°W / 42.0894716; -89.4417766 (Pine Creek origin)
 - elevation916 ft (279 m)
Mouth 
 - location
Confluence with Rock River northwest of Grand Detour, Illinois
 - coordinates
41°54′48″N 89°26′59″W / 41.9133646°N 89.4498276°W / 41.9133646; -89.4498276 (Pine Creek mouth)Coordinates: 41°54′48″N 89°26′59″W / 41.9133646°N 89.4498276°W / 41.9133646; -89.4498276 (Pine Creek mouth)
 - elevation
643 ft (196 m)
Length17 mi (27 km)
Basin features
ProgressionPine Creek → Rock → Mississippi → Gulf of Mexico
GNIS ID415696
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Pine Creek is a short tributary of the Rock River that flows through western Ogle County in the U.S. state of Illinois.

Course[edit]

Pine Creek rises where several stream branches come together south of Illinois Route 64.[1] The creek then flows 17 miles (27 km) to the south to join the Rock River between Grand Detour and Dixon.[2] The stream's upper miles flow through mostly pasture land until 7 miles downstream Pine Creek enters White Pines Forest State Park.[2]

State park[edit]

Beginning a few miles upstream from the park Pine Creek begins winding through glacial ridges and then enters White Pines State Park. For almost a half mile through the park the creek winds through steep valleys and its banks are lined by tall bluffs. The large rock and cliff formations provide habitat to plants ranging from large trees to moss to hanging vines. The cliffs harbor such rare plants as Canada yew and sullivantia (family Saxifragaceae), an Illinois state-threatened species.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Pine Creek
  2. ^ a b Tyler, Bob. Canoeing Adventures in Northern Illinois: Apple River to Zuma Creek, (Google Books), iUniverse, 2004, p. 96, (ISBN 0595310109).
  3. ^ Pensoneau, Liz. Yule Love It Archived 2007-06-22 at the Wayback Machine, Outdoor Illinois, December 2001, Northern Illinois University, Illinois Periodicals Online, accessed May 5, 2008.