Scajaquada Creek

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Scajaquada Creek
Scajaquada Creek within Forest Lawn Cemetery.jpg
A view up Scajaquada Creek within Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Scajaquada Creek is located in New York
Scajaquada Creek
Location of the mouth of Scajaquada Creek in New York State
Scajaquada Creek is located in the United States
Scajaquada Creek
Scajaquada Creek (the United States)
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
Physical characteristics
 - coordinates42°55′37″N 78°38′50″W / 42.92694°N 78.64722°W / 42.92694; -78.64722
MouthNiagara 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
Length13 mi (21 km)
Basin size29 sq mi (75 km2)

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, a Native American 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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