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Troups Creek is a tributary of the Cowanesque River in Steuben County, New York and Tioga County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. It is approximately 15.2 miles (24.5 km) long and flows through Troupsburg in Steuben County, New York and Brookfield Township, Deerfield Township, and Knoxville in Tioga County, Pennsylvania. [1] It is possible to canoe on portions of the creek at times.

Tributary stream or river that flows into a main stem river or lake

A tributary or affluent is a stream or river that flows into a larger stream or main stem river or a lake. A tributary does not flow directly into a sea or ocean. Tributaries and the main stem river drain the surrounding drainage basin of its surface water and groundwater, leading the water out into an ocean.

Cowanesque River river in the United States of America

The Cowanesque River is a 41.4-mile-long (66.6 km) tributary of the Tioga River in Potter and Tioga counties, Pennsylvania, and Steuben County, New York, in the United States. It joins the Tioga River soon after crossing from Pennsylvania into New York, near the borough of Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania.

Steuben County, New York County in the United States

Steuben County is a county located in the U.S. state of New York. As of the 2010 census, the population was 98,990. Its county seat is Bath. Its name is in honor of Baron von Steuben, a German general who fought on the American side in the American Revolutionary War, though it is not pronounced the same. There is no direct link between the Baron von Steuben and modern Steuben County, which he never visited.

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Course

Troups Creek begins in northern Troupsburg, Steuben County, New York. It flows southeast for several miles before turning east for some distance. The creek then turns south and begins flowing parallel to New York State Route 36. After several miles, it passes Young Hickory Hollow and Squab Hollow and turns south-southeast and then southeast. Several miles further downstream, the creek exits Troupsburg and Steuben County. [1]

Troupsburg, New York Town in New York, United States

Troupsburg is a town in Steuben County, New York, United States. The population was 1,126 at the 2000 census. The town is named after Robert Troup, an agent of the Pulteney Estate.

New York State Route 36 highway in New York

New York State Route 36 (NY 36) is a north–south state highway in the western part of New York in the United States. The highway extends for 95 miles (153 km) from the Pennsylvania state line at Troupsburg, Steuben County northward to Ogden, Monroe County, where it ends at an intersection with NY 31. Along the way, NY 36 passes through the villages of Canisteo, Dansville, Mount Morris, Caledonia, and Churchville and the city of Hornell. The section of the route between Dansville and Mount Morris closely parallels Interstate 390 (I-390); however, from Dansville south and Mount Morris north, NY 36 serves as a regionally important highway, connecting to I-86, U.S. Route 20A (US 20A), US 20, and I-490 as it heads north. At its south end, NY 36 connects to Pennsylvania Route 249 (PA 249).

Upon exiting Steuben County, New York, Troups Creek enters Brookfield Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. In this township, the creek almost immediately receives the tributary North Brook and begins flowing parallel to Pennsylvania Route 249. A short distance further downstream, it picks up the tributaries South Brook Troups Creek and Biscuit Hollow. The creek then enters Deerfield Township, Tioga County and continues southeast, receiving the tributaries Christie Run and Crotch Run. Some distance later, the creek turns south and enters the community of Knoxville. In Knoxville, it crosses Pennsylvania Route 49 and reaches its confluence with the Cowanesque River. [1]

Brookfield Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania Township in Pennsylvania, United States

Brookfield Township is a township in Tioga County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. The population was 421 at the 2010 census.

Pennsylvania Route 249 highway in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Route 249 is a 22.1-mile-long (35.6 km) state highway located in Tioga County, Pennsylvania. The southern terminus is at PA 287 in Middlebury Township. The northern terminus is the New York state line north of Knoxville.

Deerfield Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania Township in Pennsylvania, United States

Deerfield Township is a township in Tioga County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. The population was 662 at the 2010 census.

Geography

The elevation near the mouth of Troups Creek is 1,233 feet (376 m) above sea level. [2]

Sea level Average level for the surface of the ocean at any given geographical position on the planetary surface

Mean sea level (MSL) is an average level of the surface of one or more of Earth's oceans from which heights such as elevation may be measured. MSL is a type of vertical datum – a standardised geodetic datum – that is used, for example, as a chart datum in cartography and marine navigation, or, in aviation, as the standard sea level at which atmospheric pressure is measured to calibrate altitude and, consequently, aircraft flight levels. A common and relatively straightforward mean sea-level standard is the midpoint between a mean low and mean high tide at a particular location.

The valley of Troups Creek is narrow and contains pastures. Floodplains inhabited by sycamore trees are also found on some areas of the creek. The creek has low banks, which have riprap on them in places. There are thick deposits of cobbles, gravel bars, and rock gardens on it. However, the creek has only a few strainers. [3]

Pasture land used for grazing

Pasture is land used for grazing. Pasture lands in the narrow sense are enclosed tracts of farmland, grazed by domesticated livestock, such as horses, cattle, sheep, or swine. The vegetation of tended pasture, forage, consists mainly of grasses, with an interspersion of legumes and other forbs. Pasture is typically grazed throughout the summer, in contrast to meadow which is ungrazed or used for grazing only after being mown to make hay for animal fodder. Pasture in a wider sense additionally includes rangelands, other unenclosed pastoral systems, and land types used by wild animals for grazing or browsing.

Floodplain Land adjacent to a stream or river which is flooded during periods of high discharge

A floodplain or flood plain is an area of land adjacent to a stream or river which stretches from the banks of its channel to the base of the enclosing valley walls, and which experiences flooding during periods of high discharge. The soils usually consist of levees, silts, and sands deposited during floods. Levees are the heaviest materials and they are deposited first; silts and sands are finer materials.

Sycamore is a name which has been applied to several types of trees, but with somewhat similar leaf forms. The name derives from the ancient Greek συκόμορος (sūkomoros) meaning "fig-mulberry".

Troups Creek has a gauging station on Pennsylvania Route 49. [3]

Recreation

It is possible to canoe on 6.8 miles (10.9 km) of Troups Creek during a rapid snowmelt or within two days of heavy rain. The difficulty rating of the creek is 2. Edward Gertler describes the scenery along it as "good" in his book Keystone Canoeing. [3]

See also

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References

  1. 1 2 3 United States Geological Survey, The National Map Viewer , retrieved September 30, 2014
  2. Topographic Map Stream Features in Tioga County, Pennsylvania , retrieved September 30, 2014
  3. 1 2 3 Edward Gertler (1984), Keystone Canoeing, Seneca Press, p. 271