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Nowadaga Creek
Country United States
State New York
Region Central New York Region
Physical characteristics
Main source Ohisa Creek
Newville, New York
558 ft (170 m)
River mouth Mohawk River
Indian Castle, New York
324 ft (99 m)
43°00′35″N 74°46′27″W / 43.00972°N 74.77417°W / 43.00972; -74.77417
Basin features
Basin size 31.4 sq mi (81 km2)

The Nowadaga Creek basin drains portions of the towns of Danube, Stark, and Little Falls, as well as a small portion of the town of Warren, in southern Herkimer County before converging with the Mohawk River in Indian Castle, New York. The drainage basin is approximately 49 percent forested. The creek has an average slope of 1.7 percent over its entire stream length of 10.0 miles. On a 1790 land patent map it is spelled "Inchanando Creek".


Nowadaga Creek flows over a bedrock bed for much of its length and, therefore, is not subject to alluvial processes as seen in many similarly sized river basins. Despite its natural and relatively undeveloped setting, for much of its length the creek lacks a well- developed natural floodplain. In many areas along the creek, the bedrock channel is disintegrating, and pieces of stone that originate from the channel bed are conveyed downstream and deposited in lower velocity reaches of the channel, contributing to debris jams, avulsions, and flooding.

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