Otsquago Creek

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Otsquago Creek
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New York Army National Guard clearing debris and widening the Otsquago Creek in Fort Plain, New York on July 5, 2013.
Country United States
State New York
 - left Loyal Creek,
Otsquene Creek
 - right Otstungo Creek
Source Un-named Marshy Field
 - location Van Hornesville, New York
 - elevation 1,360 ft (415 m)
Mouth Mohawk River
 - location Fort Plain, New York, United States
 - elevation 294 ft (90 m)
 - coordinates 42°55′56″N 74°37′06″W / 42.93222°N 74.61833°W / 42.93222; -74.61833Coordinates: 42°55′56″N 74°37′06″W / 42.93222°N 74.61833°W / 42.93222; -74.61833
Basin 61.3 sq mi (159 km2)

Otsquago Creek enters the Mohawk River at Fort Plain, New York. Otsquago is a Mohawk Indian word meaning "under the bridge," probably referring to an early bridge of felled trees along the creek, a way of making small bridges.[1] It is also referred to as Otsquage on old maps, which is an indian word for "healing waters".

The source of the Otsquago Creek is about 12 miles southeast from its outlet, 1,360 feet above sea level and about 1,000 feet above the Mohawk River, in a marshy field by Van Hornesville, New York.[2] Creamery Falls and Van Hornesville Falls are two waterfalls on the creek near Van Hornesville.


  1. ^ "Otsquago Creek". nygenweb.net. nygenweb.net. 1999. Retrieved 18 April 2017. data 
  2. ^ knox, charles (1980). "Mohawk Turnpike Book". nygenweb.net. nygenweb.net. Retrieved 18 April 2017. data 
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