The Elk River is a tributary of the Kanawha
River, 172 miles long, in central West Virginia in the United States.
Via the Kanawha and Ohio Rivers, it is part of the watershed of the
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The source of the Elk River is the Big Spring Fork which begins in
Pocahontas County, West Virginia. What is the elevation?
- 3,655 feet
- 3,855 feet
- 4,055 feet
2. The other source is Old Field Fork which begins
on Elk Mountain in Pocahontas County, West Virginia. What is the
- 3,357 feet
- 3,557 feet
- 3,757 feet
3. The Elk River begins at the confluence of Old
Field Fork and Big Spring Fork. Where do they meet?
- Slatyfork, West Virginia
- Elkhorn, West Virginia
- Morgan, West Virginia
4. It flows above ground for several miles before
it sinks into a network of caverns and flows underground for more than
five miles. The old riverbed of solid rock, however, remains above
ground in this section known as "The Dries."
5. Webster Springs is located along the Elk River.
What is the elevation?
- 1,260 feet
- 1,460 feet
- 1,660 feet
6. At Sutton, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dam
causes the Elk to form a lake. What's the lake's name?
- Sutton Lake
- Elk Lake
- Birchwood Lake
7. Sutton is located along the Elk River. What is
- 840 feet
- 940 feet
- 1,040 feet
8. The Elk's largest tributaries are the Holly
River and the Birch River, both of which join it in Braxton County.
9. According to the Geographic Names Information
System, the Elk River has also been known historically as. What is NOT
a historic name?
10. The mouth of the Elk River is the Kanawha
River in Charleston, West Virginia. What is the elevation?
- 574 feet
- 774 feet
- 974 feet