Facts About Five Mile Creek

How did a 45 mile waterway become to be known as Five Mile Creek? According to research by Dr. Ken Kirby of Samford University, the name refers to the distance from a pioneer-era creek crossing in Center Point to the old Ruhama Academy boarding school, in what is now South East Lake.

The log cabin school, closed during the civil war, was built on Second Avenue South and 80th Street in Birmingham. Five miles was the distance pioneers had to drive their wagons from a watering hole, a spring at Spring Lake, to the boarding school.

How large is the Five Mile Creek Watershed? The Five Mile Creek watershed drains 78 square miles (49,920 acres) residing completely within the boundaries of Jefferson County.

Where does Five Mile Creek begin? The Five Mile Creek headwaters originate at the eastern base of Red Mountain in Center Point, flowing westward to the Black Warrior River east of Flat Top.

What does Five Mile Creek flow into? Five Mile Creek is a major tributary to the Locust Fork within the Black Warrior Watershed.

What flows into Five Mile Creek? Five Mile Creek’s major tributaries are Newfound Creek, Black Creek  and Tarrant Springs Branch.

How long is Five Mile Creek? 45 miles of stream bed, 26 miles of navigable water beginning in Fultondale at Highway 31.  Check with Five Mile Creek Canoe Company for up to date information on water conditions. www.brooksidealabama.com

How many cities and communities does Five Mile Creek contact? Five Mile Creek flows through 9 cities and 14 communities.

What Wastewater Treatment Plants are along Five Mile Creek? Five Mile Creek supports two wastewater treatment plants: Five Mile Creek WWTP and Prudes Creek WWTP.

Will Corridor X affect Five Mile Creek? The Five Mile Creek Watershed is expected to be affected by Corridor X and the Northern Beltline.