Elk Creek

Live Along the Shores of Elk Creek, Erie’s Most Popular Tributary

Elk Creek is the largest and one of the most popular tributary streams of Lake Erie. It passes through much of the rolling and wooded countryside of Erie County and under several major highways, offering fishing, camping, and parks along its shores and providing a quiet and scenic retreat for homebuyers seeking waterfront living.

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Spotlights of Elk Creek

The River Mouth

The river starts just south of the town of McKean and heads northwest through Erie County, passing first under I-79, then I-90, and finally US-20. It passes through Girard Township before ending in Lake City at Lake Erie beside the Bluffs Creek State Park.


Elk Creek is possibly most popular amongst anglers. There are numerous pools and fishing holes located along the course of the river, and the rivermouth is of course a popular destination. Steelhead, brown trout, bass, panfish, and catfish are all common catches throughout the spring, summer, and fall.

Parks, Hiking & Camping

It’s not all about fishing on Elk Creek. Camping, picnicking, and exploring are also common pastimes. Popular campgrounds and parks include Folly’s End Campground—also the site of a popular fishing hole—Uncle John’s Elk Creek Campground, Lower Elk Creek Nature Reserve, and Erie Bluffs State Park.

Elk Creek at a Glance

Getting Around

Major Roads: Meadville Rd
Airport: Erie International Airport
Distance to Erie: 33 minutes
Distance to Union City: 35 minutes


County: Erie
Zip Codes: 16401, 16410, 16412, 16435
Miles of Nature Trails: 1.75
Schools: Girard School District

Elk Creek Attractions

Live Like an Elk Creek Local


It’s greenery all around in the lovely township of Elk Creek. Historic homes and spacious contemporary construction sit against a vibrant backdrop of lush forestry and manicured landscaping. Newer builds cater to buyers in search of turn-key homes while older and often eccentric homes may need a little TLC. Many homes, new and old, boast at least a two-car garage, two stories of comfortable living space, and colorful vinyl siding for added curb appeal.


Just off the coast of Lake Erie, Elk Creek is home to an abundance of outdoor experiences. Campgrounds and state parks keep locals entertained with outdoor experiences like fishing, hiking, and biking. The nearby town of Erie hosts its own form of fun with access to the lake, the Erie Zoo, the Erie Art Museum, and so much more. Soak in the beauty of Elk Creek and breathe in that fresh Pennsylvania air.


Young residents of Elk Creek are served by the Northwestern School District, which is comprised of just over 1,280 students. The district offers reduced lunch services, boasts a high average graduation rate, and attempts to put ample focus on music and arts programs. The district is comprised of four schools, including Springfield Elementary School, Northwestern Elementary School, Northwestern Middle School, and Northwestern Senior High School.


Elk Creek itself isn’t well-known for any one industry, but many residents make the 30-minute commute into Erie for employment in hospitality and tourism. Small businesses at the heart of town and scattered big box stores in outlying towns like Harborcreek and Edinboro provide ample employment opportunities. The Elk Creek municipality opens up positions occasionally at many of its parks and in its social services programs.

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