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Symmes Creek
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Symmes Creek near its mouth in Chesapeake in 2007
Country United States
State Ohio
Physical characteristics
Main source Bloomfield Township, Jackson County
740 ft (230 m)
River mouth Ohio River
518 ft (158 m)
Length 76 mi (122 km)
  • Location:
  • Minimum rate:
    1 cu ft/s (0.028 m3/s)
  • Average rate:
    426 cu ft/s (12.1 m3/s)
  • Maximum rate:
    7,100 cu ft/s (200 m3/s)
Basin features
Basin size 357 sq mi (920 km2)

Symmes Creek is a 76.4-mile-long (123.0 km) tributary of the Ohio River in southern Ohio in the United States. Via the Ohio River, it is part of the watershed of the Mississippi River, draining an area of 357 square miles (920 km2) on the unglaciated portion of the Allegheny Plateau.

Symmes Creek rises in Bloomfield Township in southeastern Jackson County and flows generally southward through Madison Township in Jackson County; Greenfield, Perry, and Walnut townships in Gallia County; and Symmes, Aid, Mason, Lawrence, Windsor, and Union townships in Lawrence County, through a portion of the Ironton Unit of the Wayne National Forest and past the communities of Waterloo, Aid, and Willow Wood. It joins the Ohio River at the village of Chesapeake, opposite downtown Huntington, West Virginia.

The United States Board on Geographic Names settled on "Symmes Creek" as the stream's name in 1902. According to the Geographic Names Information System, it has also been known historically as "Simms," "Big Creek," and "Symms Creek."

Flow rate

At the United States Geological Survey's stream gauge in Aid, the annual mean flow of Symmes Creek between November 2000 and September 2005 was 426 ft³/s (12 m³/s). The highest recorded flow during the period was 7,100 ft³/s (201 m³/s) on May 19, 2001. The lowest recorded flow was 1 ft³/s (0 m³/s) on September 18, 2001.

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