Coal Creek (Clinch River)

Coal Creek
Country United States
State Tennessee
Region Anderson County
Source Cross Mountain
 - coordinates 36°9′38″N 84°14′23″W / 36.16056°N 84.23972°W / 36.16056; -84.23972 [1]
Mouth Clinch River
 - coordinates 36°12′23″N 84°7′20″W / 36.20639°N 84.12222°W / 36.20639; -84.12222Coordinates: 36°12′23″N 84°7′20″W / 36.20639°N 84.12222°W / 36.20639; -84.12222 [1]

Coal Creek is a tributary of the Clinch River in Tennessee, approximately 10.3 miles (16.6 km) long.

Coal Creek flows northward along the southeastern base of Cross Mountain, slicing a narrow valley in which the communities of Briceville and Fraterville are located, to Lake City, a town formerly named Coal Creek, at the base of the Cumberland Plateau. The creek's confluence with the Clinch River is east of Lake City and below Norris Dam, near the Interstate 75 highway bridge across the river.

The creek drains a watershed area of about 36 square miles (93 km2). Beech Grove Fork is its largest tributary stream.[2] Coal Creek's water quality is affected by coal surface mining, municipal wastewater discharges, and channelization.[3]

See also


  1. 1 2 U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Coal Creek
  2. Berny Ilgner (March 10, 2006). "Watershed as Brownfield: The Coal Creek Assessment Process in Tennessee" (PDF).
  3. W. Alan Robison; Steven R. Alexander; Tracey Hibner; Mark Wilson (May 1996), Clinch River Project: Sediment Contaminants in the Lower Clinch River (PDF) (CFO-EC-96-01), Cookeville, Tennessee: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, p. 6

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