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Mill Creek
Other name(s) Tributary to White Clay Creek
Country United States
State Pennsylvania, Delaware
Counties Chester, New Castle
Physical characteristics
Main source divide between Mill Creek and Broad Run (White Clay Creek)
Kennett Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania
380 ft (120 m)
River mouth White Clay Creek
New Castle County, Delaware
5 ft (1.5 m)
Length 8.33 mi (13.41 km)
Discharge
  • Location:
    White Clay Creek
  • Average rate:
    18.62 cu ft/s (0.527 m3/s) at mouth with White Clay Creek
Basin features
Progression south-southeast
River system Christina River
Basin size 12.96 square miles (33.6 km2)
Tributaries
  • Left:
    unnamed tributaries
  • Right:
    unnamed tributaries
Bridges Southwood Road, Piersons Ridge, Loblolly Court, Slashpine Circle, Valley Road, Mill Creek Road, Brackenville Road, Mill Creek Road, Stoney Batter Road, Limestone Road, Milltown Road, Kirkwood Highway (DE 2), Telegraph Road, Delaware Park Blvd., DE 4

Mill Creek is a 9.6-mile-long (15.4 km) stream principally located in northern New Castle County, Delaware, a tributary of the White Clay Creek. It takes its name from the large number of mills (mostly gristmills and sawmills) located along it during the 18th and early 19th centuries.

It originates a short distance over the state line near Kaolin, Pennsylvania and flows east, then south into Delaware. It passes under the Lancaster Pike at Hockessin, where Swift Memorial Park has been laid out along the stream between Old Lancaster Pike and the Wilmington and Western Railroad tracks. Leaving Hockessin, the stream turns slightly to the west, and then sharply towards the southeast to flow through a deep, wooded gorge between suburban developments. Further down the gorge, Mill Creek passes through Limestone Hills Park, and then forms the western boundary of the DelCastle Recreation Area. Continuing south and passing under Limestone Road, the hills on either side diminish in height, and development increases, although the steep sides have protected the creek from direct encroachment. Passing through the neighborhood known as "Milltown", Lindell Park lies along the creek between Milltown Road and Kirkwood Highway. Below Kirkwood Highway, the valley begins to open, and the creek skirts Delaware Park and passes under the Wilmington and Christiana Turnpike just before it empties into the White Clay.

Variant names

According to the Geographic Names Information System, it has also been known historically as:

  • Lillefalskijlen
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