, despite its diminutive name, is a river located in Wayne County, West Virginia
. It is part of the Mississippi River
watershed, by way of the Ohio River
Twelvepole Creek rises in southern Wayne County. The headwaters of the East Fork are dammed to form East Lynn Lake
. The East Fork of the river then flows north through East Lynn
, and Lavalette
. The West Fork flows north though Dunlow, West Virginia
and joins the East Fork at the town of Wayne. The river then flows north again before draining into the Ohio River just east of Ceredo
Origin of name
Twelvepole Creek received its name from early explorers, the group supposedly included a young George Washington. Traveling the Ohio River, they measured the mouth of the creek where it joined the Ohio in terms of poles, also known as rods. Being approximately 198 feet (12 poles) wide at its mouth, the creek was named Twelvepole Creek.
East Lynn Lake and Beech Fork Lake (formed from one of Twelvepole Creek's tributaries) provide popular destinations for boating, fishing, swimming, and camping.