Tioughnioga River

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The Tioughnioga River (tei-uhf-nee-O-guh) is a tributary of the Chenango River, approximately 70 miles (113 km) long, in central New York in the United States. It drains a dissected plateau area east of the Finger Lakes at the northermost edge of the watershed of the Susquehanna River.

It rises in two branches in upstate New York southeast of Syracuse, with the East Branch sometimes regarded as the main branch. The West Branch, approximately 15 mi (24 km) long, issues from Tully Lake, approximately 2 mi (3.2 km) south of Tully on the Onondaga-Cortland county line, and flows south.

The Tully Valley is a preglacial valley of a northward flowing river that flowed into the Ontarian River (preglacial Lake Ontario). Near Tully, during the glacial retreat, the valley was dammed by ice to form a lake. For a period of time the retreating of the front by melting matched the forward movement of the glacier, so that the captured rock, gravel and sand was deposited into the lake. This huge quantity of material approximately half filled the valley, and reversed the flow direction to the southward. It left enormous quantities of gravel from Tully to Cortland, some of which was used as building material for Interstate 81. The gravel also forms a major aquifer for the area. Tully lake is a glacial kettle, being formed by a large chunk of ice that was buried in the glacial debris. As the ice melted the land collapsed, causing a lake to form.

The East (Main) Branch rises in southwestern Madison County and flows southwest, receiving the West Branch at Cortland. The combined stream flows SSE, receiving the Otselic River from the northeast at Whitney Point. It joins the Chenango from the northwest at Chenango Forks, approximately 10 mi (16 km) northeast of Binghamton.

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