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Spring Creek
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Spring Creek in Spencer in 2006
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Spring Creek and its watershed
Country United States
State West Virginia
Counties Roane, Wirt
Physical characteristics
Main source Left Fork Spring Creek
near Clover, southeast of Spencer, Roane County
1,033 ft (315 m)
2nd source Right Fork Spring Creek
near Speed, south of Spencer, Roane County
1,041 ft (317 m)
River mouth Little Kanawha River
Sanoma, Wirt County
620 ft (190 m)
Length 25.3 mi (40.7 km)
Basin features
Basin size 89 sq mi (230 km2)
Tributaries
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    Little Spring Creek

Spring Creek is a tributary of the Little Kanawha River in western West Virginia in the United States. Via the Little Kanawha and Ohio rivers, it is part of the watershed of the Mississippi River, draining an area of 89 square miles (230 km2) in a rural region on the unglaciated portion of the Allegheny Plateau. It is 25.3 miles (40.7 km) long, or 33.3 miles (53.6 km) long including its Left Fork.

Spring Creek is formed just south of the city of Spencer in northern Roane County by the confluence of the Left Fork Spring Creek, 8 miles (13 km) long, which rises near the community of Clover and flows northwestward, paralleled for most of its course by West Virginia Route 36; and the Right Fork Spring Creek, 7.8 miles (12.6 km) long, which rises near the community of Speed and flows northward, paralleled for most of its course by U.S. Route 119. From the confluence of its forks, Spring Creek flows northward through Spencer and northern Roane County into southeastern Wirt County, where it flows into the Little Kanawha River from the south at the community of Sanoma, approximately 8 miles (13 km) southeast of Elizabeth.

Little Spring Creek is a tributary of Spring Creek, 7 miles (11 km) long, in northeastern Roane County.

Charles Mill Lake, approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) southeast of Spencer, is formed by a dam on the Charles Fork, a tributary of the Left Fork Spring Creek. The lake was constructed in 1974 and is owned by the city of Spencer; it is operated as a recreation area for boating, fishing, hiking, biking, and camping.

According to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, approximately 79.5% of the Spring Creek watershed is forested, mostly deciduous. Approximately 18.7% is used for pasture and agriculture.

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