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Elk River

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 Mississippi River.

What do you know about the Elk River?  Explore the Quick US Geography Rivers and Streams Quiz.  "Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

Trivia powered by Prof. Walter1. 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 elevation?

  • 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."

  • True or False?

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 the elevation?

  • 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.

  • True or False?

9. According to the Geographic Names Information System, the Elk River has also been known historically as. What is NOT a historic name?

  • Pequoni
  • Turtleneck
  • Tiskelewah

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


Elk River Answers

  1. 3,655 feet
  2. 3,557 feet
  3. Slatyfork, West Virginia
  4. True
  5. 1,460 feet
  6. Sutton Lake
  7. 840 feet
  8. True
  9. Turtleneck
  10. 574 feet

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