Oriskany Creek

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Oriskany Creek
Oriskany creek.jpg
The site of a patriot ambush during the Battle of Oriskany at Oriskany Creek
Oriskany Creek is located in New York
Oriskany Creek
Location of the mouth of the Oriskany Creek in New York State.
Oriskany Creek is located in the United States
Oriskany Creek
Oriskany Creek (the United States)
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
CountiesMadison, Oneida
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ locationStockbridge, Madison County
 ⁃ coordinates42°57′36″N 75°33′17″W / 42.96000°N 75.55472°W / 42.96000; -75.55472[1]
MouthMohawk River
 ⁃ location
Whitestown, Oneida County
 ⁃ coordinates
43°09′50″N 75°19′26″W / 43.16389°N 75.32389°W / 43.16389; -75.32389Coordinates: 43°09′50″N 75°19′26″W / 43.16389°N 75.32389°W / 43.16389; -75.32389[1]
Length33 mi (53 km)[2]
Basin features
 ⁃ leftDeans Creek
 ⁃ rightWhite Creek, Turkey Creek,
Big Creek, Buckley Mill Creek

Oriskany Creek is a 33-mile-long (53 km)[2] river in New York, United States. It rises in Madison County and flows northeastward, primarily through Oneida County.[1] Oriskany Creek is a tributary of the Mohawk River and therefore part of the Hudson River watershed.

Oriskany Creek is wide and shallow, affording passage to only canoes, and that for only part of its length. The creek is known for its brown trout, which are caught from the shore or by wading.


The Oneida village of Oriska was located near the mouth of the creek, by the Mohawk River.

During the American Revolutionary War, part of the Battle of Oriskany was fought in a swampy, steep ravine, near the mouth of the river.

When settlers arrived, the creek became the power source of many mills along its course.

The creek was an important source of water for the former Chenango Canal, which attempted to link the Southern Tier of New York to the Erie Canal.

Communities along the creek[edit]

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  1. ^ a b c "Oriskany Creek". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved April 23, 2016.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2012-03-29 at the Wayback Machine, accessed October 3, 2011