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Shenango River
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The Shenango River, flowing from the dam of Shenango River Lake in South Pymatuning Township, Mercer County, Pennsylvania
Other name(s) Tributary to Beaver River
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
Counties Ashtabula (OH)
Crawford (PA)
Lawrence (PA)
Mercer (PA)
Physical characteristics
Main source Pymatuning Swamp (divide between Shenango River and French Creek)
Sadsbury Township, Pennsylvania
1,010 ft (310 m)
41°33′21″N 080°25′41″W / 41.55583°N 80.42806°W / 41.55583; -80.42806
River mouth Beaver River
New Castle, Pennsylvania
760 ft (230 m)
40°57′29″N 080°22′43″W / 40.95806°N 80.37861°W / 40.95806; -80.37861
Length 82.66 mi (133.03 km)
Basin features
Progression South
River system Beaver River
Basin size 1,065.33 square miles (2,759.2 km2)
  • Left:
    Little Shenango River
    Mathay Run
    Lawango Run
    Lackawannock Creek
    Daley Run
    Magargee Run
    Pine Hollow Run
    Thornton Run
    Pine Run
    Buchanon Run
    Neshannock Creek
    Big Run
  • Right:
    Linesville Creek
    Ashtabula River
    Gravel Run
    Black Creek
    McMichaels Creek
    Sugar Run
    Big Run
    Brush Run
    Chestnut Run
    Pymatuning Creek
    McCullough Run
    Big Run
    Yankee Run
    Turkey Run
    Deer Creek
Waterbodies Pymatuning Lake
Shenango Lake

The Shenango River is a principal tributary of the Beaver River, approximately 100 mi (160 km) long, in western Pennsylvania in the United States. It also briefly flows through small portions of northeastern Ohio. Via the Beaver and Ohio Rivers, it is part of the watershed of the Mississippi River.

The Shenango, whose name comes from the Iroquoian "Shanango," meaning "the beautiful one," rises in west-central Crawford County and initially flows northwestwardly into the Pymatuning Reservoir, which was formed in 1934 by the construction of a dam on the river. The lake turns to the south, widening into Ashtabula County, Ohio, and passing through Pymatuning State Park. Below the dam and after returning fully to Pennsylvania, the Shenango flows south-southeastwardly into Mercer County, flowing through Jamestown and Greenville before turning westwardly into Shenango River Lake, formed in 1965 by a United States Army Corps of Engineers dam. Below that dam, the Shenango flows southwestwardly through the communities of Sharpsville and Sharon (near which it briefly enters Trumbull County, Ohio); then south-southeastwardly past Farrell, Wheatland and West Middlesex into Lawrence County, where it passes New Castle and Oakland. It joins the Mahoning River to form the Beaver River, 3 mi (4.8 km) southwest of New Castle.

Tributaries of the Shenango include the short Little Shenango River, which flows for its entire length in Mercer County and joins the Shenango from the east at Greenville; Pymatuning Creek, which flows into Shenango River Lake; and Neshannock Creek, which joins the river at New Castle.

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