Sand Fork (Little Kanawha River)

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Sand Fork
Country United States
State West Virginia
Counties Lewis, Gilmer
 - location northwest of Roanoke, Lewis County
 - elevation 1,181 ft (360 m) [1]
 - coordinates 38°58′22″N 80°31′39″W / 38.9728725°N 80.5275919°W / 38.9728725; -80.5275919 [2]
Mouth Little Kanawha River
 - location Sand Fork, Gilmer County
 - elevation 732 ft (223 m) [2]
 - coordinates 38°54′55″N 80°45′11″W / 38.9153706°N 80.7531556°W / 38.9153706; -80.7531556Coordinates: 38°54′55″N 80°45′11″W / 38.9153706°N 80.7531556°W / 38.9153706; -80.7531556 [2]
Length 18.7 mi (30 km)
Basin 80 sq mi (207 km2)
Location of the mouth of the Sand Fork in Sand Fork, West Virginia

The Sand Fork is a tributary of the Little Kanawha River, 18.7 miles (30.1 km) long,[3] in central West Virginia in the United States. Via the Little Kanawha and Ohio Rivers, it is part of the watershed of the Mississippi River, draining an area of 80 square miles (210 km2)[4] in a rural region on the unglaciated portion of the Allegheny Plateau.

The Sand Fork rises approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) northwest of Roanoke in Lewis County and flows west-southwestward into eastern Gilmer County, where it flows into the Little Kanawha River from the north in the town of Sand Fork.[5]

According to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, approximately 92.8% of the Sand Fork watershed is forested, mostly deciduous. Approximately 6% is used for pasture and agriculture.[4]

The creek was named for the sand bars its contains.[6]

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  1. ^ Google Earth elevation for GNIS source coordinates. Retrieved on 2011-03-08.
  2. ^ a b c Geographic Names Information System. "Geographic Names Information System entry for Sand Fork (Feature ID #1546352)". Retrieved 2011-10-12. 
  3. ^ United States Environmental Protection Agency. "Watershed Assessment, Tracking & Environmental Results: Assessment Summary for Reporting Year 2008, West Virginia, Little Kanawha Watershed". Archived from the original on 2011-10-13. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  4. ^ a b West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. "Little Kanawha River". Watershed Atlas Project. Archived from the original on 2006-05-07. Retrieved 2011-10-12.  External link in |work= (help)
  5. ^ West Virginia Atlas & Gazetteer. Yarmouth, Me.: DeLorme. 1997. p. 35. ISBN 0-89933-246-3. 
  6. ^ Kenny, Hamill (1945). West Virginia Place Names: Their Origin and Meaning, Including the Nomenclature of the Streams and Mountains. Piedmont, WV: The Place Name Press. p. 552.