Creek Facts

SaltRiver-WatershedHarrods Creek is unique in that is is a very remote and beautiful creek within close proximity to a major city. In addition to its abundant wildlife, the river provides miles and miles of remote and inexcusable wilderness as it carves its way through a small cliff-lined gorge.

  • Drains 92 square miles.
  • Passes through three counties.
  • Is 31 miles in length.

The drainage basin for the Harrods Creek Watershed, located inside Kentucky’s Salt River basin, is approximately 92 square miles. Harrods Creek flows through three counties (Henry, Oldham and Jefferson). It starts out in Henry County with the majority flowing though the center of Oldham County. The 31 miles of the river finishes up in Jefferson County, with the last 4 miles, depending on water levels, backing up into the Ohio River.

HC_Watershed-SectionsThe major tributaries sections of Harrods creek are: Wolf Pen Branch, South Fork Harrods Creek, South Fork Hite Creek, Darby Creek, Brush Creek and more.

MSD said in this report, “Harrods Creek is in need of a management plan to protect the stream from development that fails to use “Best Management Practices” (BMPs) for erosion prevention and sediment control. Emphasis should be placed on protecting riparian vegetation. This vegetation creates a buffer for construction and moderates water temperatures.”

Harrods Creek is in need of a management plan to protect the stream from development that fails to use “Best Management Practices.

According to a WAVE 3 news report, there are 33 sewage treatment plants in the basin and there is little regulation and monitoring to see if there are any violations. What’s that mean? Reports show disturbing amounts of solid human waste in the creek! The Kentucky Division of Water came out with this report in 1990 after concern for water quality in the creek developed.

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