Scajaquada Creek

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Scajaquada Creek
Scajaquada Creek within Forest Lawn Cemetery.jpg
A view up Scajaquada Creek within Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Country United States
State New York
County Erie
 - coordinates 42°55′37″N 78°38′50″W / 42.92694°N 78.64722°W / 42.92694; -78.64722
Mouth Niagara River
 - coordinates 42°55′45″N 78°53′57″W / 42.92917°N 78.89917°W / 42.92917; -78.89917Coordinates: 42°55′45″N 78°53′57″W / 42.92917°N 78.89917°W / 42.92917; -78.89917
Length 13 mi (21 km)
Basin 29 sq mi (75 km2)
Location of the mouth of Scajaquada Creek in New York State

Scajaquada Creek (/skəˈɑːkwədə/ skə-JAH-kwə-də) is a stream in Erie County, New York, United States.[1] The name is derived from Philip Kenjockety, an Indian described as the oldest resident of the region upon his death in 1808.[2]

The creek lends its name to the Scajaquada Expressway, New York State Route 198, a highway that briefly adjoins the creek's northern shore. A bike path follows the creek's southern shore most of the way from Delaware Park to the Niagara River. Buffalo State College, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Buffalo History Museum overlook Scajaquada Creek.


A 13-mile (21 km) stream that drains a watershed of 29 square miles (75 km2), Scajaquada Creek rises in the Town of Lancaster in Erie County, east of Buffalo. The creek passes through most of the Town of Cheektowaga before it is diverted into an underground culvert. The culvert carries the creek for miles through much of Buffalo, emerging in Forest Lawn. The creek passes through the Forest Lawn Cemetery, next to Delaware Park, and over Serenity Falls. The falls has a total vertical drop of 12 feet (3.7 m) in a horizontal distance of 200 feet (61 m). It is one of two waterfalls in Buffalo, along with Cazenovia Park Falls. While the Scajaquada once flowed into Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park, it was buried by 1921 in response to pollution and urban development. Today, it bypasses the lake through a channel and culvert on the lake's south shore. The creek flows through part of the Erie Canal known as the Black Rock Canal, then empties into the Niagara River.


  1. ^ "Scajaquada Creek". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved August 6, 2010. 
  2. ^ Parker, Arthur Caswell (1919). The Life of General Ely S. Parker. Buffalo, NY: Buffalo Historical Society. p. 313. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 

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