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Stenkil Creek
Eagle Falls.jpg
Eagle Falls - Waterfall in Northern Delaware along Stenkil Creek
Other name(s) Tributary to Delaware River
Country United States
State Delaware
County New Castle
Physical characteristics
Main source Perkins Run divide
Westwood, Delaware
340 ft (100 m)
River mouth Delaware River
Bellevue, Delaware
0 ft (0 m)
Length 4.6 mi (7.4 km)
Discharge
  • Average rate:
    3.37 cu ft/s (0.095 m3/s) at mouth with Stenkil Creek
Basin features
Progression southeast
River system Delaware River
Basin size 2.36 square miles (6.1 km2)
Tributaries
  • Left:
    Boulder Run
  • Right:
    Fox Kill
Waterbodies Bellevue Lake
Waterfalls Eagle Falls and Fox Falls
Bridges Marsh Road
Veale Road
Silverside Road
I-95
Carr Road
Philadelphia Pike
US 13
I-495

Stenkil Creek is a 2.76 mi (4.44 km) long second order tributary to the Delaware River in New Castle County, Delaware.

Variant names

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

  • Fransens Creek
  • Oele Fransens Creek
  • Quarry Creek
  • Quarryville Creek
  • Stenkil
  • Stony Creek

Course

Stenkil Creek rises on the Perkins Run divide Westwood, Delaware in New Castle County, Delaware. Stenkil Creek then flows southeast to meet the Delaware River at Bellevue, Delaware. Stenkil Creek flows over the Brandywine Blue Genesis and the Ardentown Granitic Suite. Stenkil Creek Flows through mostly forest and winds it’s way through the rolling hills of Northern Delaware’s Piedmont. Stenkil Creek’s watershed begins near Forwood Elementary School. It then flows southeast where it meets Allen Tract Park. A small tributary from this forested park meets Stenkil Creek Here. Stenkil Creek then winds its way down Northwood Park and into Carrcroft Crest Park. Another tributary of Stenkil Creek runs through Carrcroft Park and the neighborhood of Carrcroft until it reaches Stenkil Creek in Carrcroft Crest Park. Then Stenkil Creek goes under I-95 and briefly enters Bellellevue State Park. After that Stenkil Creek flows through a heavily forested piece of private property. On this property it goes over Eagle Falls and enters Bellevue Lake. Bellevue Lake was a quarry but has now been filled with water. It has beautifull cliffs and is a wonderful natural sanctuary. From there Stenkil Creek flows under Philadelphia Pike and re enters Bellevue State Park. This section of the Creek is also heavily forested and includes Fox Falls. As stony creek begins to encroach on the Delaware River is enters a very short section of costal plain where Stenkil Creek is muddy. Then Stenkil Creek enters the Delaware River through Fox Point State Park.

Stenkil Creek in Delaware
Stenkil Creek in February of 2019

Watershed

Stenkil Creek drains 2.36 square miles (6.1 km2) of area, receives about 46.8 in/year of precipitation, has a topographic wetness index of 475.50 and is about 17.6% forested. Stenkil Creeks watershed also sees an average of 24 inches of snow every year. Stenkil Creek flows over the Brandywine Blue Genesis and the Ardentown Granitic Suite.

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