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Twelvepole Creek
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Twelvepole Creek near its mouth in Ceredo, flowing beneath Interstate 64
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Wayne
Physical characteristics
Main source East Fork Twelvepole Creek
Dingess Mountain, Mingo County, WV
1,277 ft (389 m)
2nd source West Fork Twelvepole Creek
Dingess Mountain, Mingo County, WV
1,676 ft (511 m)
River mouth Ohio River
Ceredo, WV
515 ft (157 m)
Discharge
  • Location:
    East Fork near Dunlow, WV
  • Minimum rate:
    0.13 cu ft/s (0.0037 m3/s)(1989)
  • Average rate:
    8.3 cu ft/s (0.24 m3/s)
  • Maximum rate:
    99 cu ft/s (2.8 m3/s)(1980)
Basin features
Tributaries

Twelvepole Creek is a 32.2-mile-long (51.8 km) river located in Wayne County, West Virginia. It is part of the Mississippi River watershed, by way of the Ohio River. It is alternately known as Twelve Pole Creek.

Course

Twelvepole Creek rises in northern Mingo County before flowing north through Wayne County. The headwaters of the East Fork are dammed to form East Lynn Lake. The East Fork of the river then flows north through East Lynn, Wayne, and Lavalette. The West Fork flows north through Dunlow, West Virginia and joins the East Fork at the town of Wayne. The river then flows north again before draining into the Ohio River just east of Ceredo.

Origin of name

Twelvepole Creek received its name from early explorers, the group supposedly included a young George Washington. Traveling the Ohio River, they measured the mouth of the creek where it joined the Ohio in terms of poles, also known as rods. Being approximately 198 feet (12 poles) wide at its mouth, the creek was named Twelvepole Creek.

Recreation

East Lynn Lake and Beech Fork Lake (formed from one of Twelvepole Creek's tributaries) provide popular destinations for boating, fishing, swimming, and camping.

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