Watershed Profile: Portage Creek near Emporium, PA

Watershed Overview
Portage Creek Watershed covers portions of three counties in northcentral PA. Portage Creek originates in southeastern McKean County, PA and flows south through Cameron County, PA to its confluence with the Driftwood Branch Sinnemahoning Creek near Emporium, PA. The monitoring station is located approximately one-half mile upstream of the mouth.
Drainage Characteristics
  • Drainage Area (square miles): 70.55
  • Total Stream Length (miles): 164.80
  • Average Annual Flow at Station (NHD) (cfs): 121.20
  • Population (2010): 1,002
Stream Classifications (Pennsylvania)
Designation Miles
Cold Water Fisheries 58.85
Exceptional Value 105.92
Total 164.77
  • Land Use
  • Description Percentage
    Water 0.32
    Developed Open Space 2.27
    Low Urban 0.21
    Medium Urban 0.03
    Barren 0.09
    Deciduous Forest 67.99
    Coniferous Forest 2.29
    Mixed Forest 20.51
    Shrub Scrub 2.69
    Grassland Herbaceous 1.33
    Pasture/Hay 1.79
    Cropland 0.01
    Wetlands 0.74
Underlying Geology
Rock Type Percentage
Sandstone 96.00
Shale 4.00
Recent Results
Sample Time 12/2/2022 1:30:00 PM
Temperature  (C) 4.44
Specific Conductivity  (mS/cm) 0.048
PH 6.9
Turbidity  (NTU+) 3.88
Dissolved Oxygen  (mg/L) 13.11
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Natural Gas
  • Natural Gas Pads 1
  • Natural Gas Water Withdrawals 0
Public Water Supply Withdrawals
  • Groundwater 3
  • Surface Water 1
NPDES Discharges
Description Count
Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation 0
Mining/Quarry 0
Stormwater 0
Wastewater Treatment Plant/Sewage Treatment Plant 0
Other 1