Harveys Creek

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Harveys Creek is a tributary of the Susquehanna River in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. It is approximately 14.5 miles (23.3 km) long and flows through Harveys Lake, Lake Township, Lehman Township, Jackson Township, Plymouth Township, and West Nanticoke.[1]

Course[edit]

Harveys Creek begins in Harveys Lake in the community of Harveys Lake. The creek flows southwest and soon enters Lake Township. A short distance downstream, it picks up the tributary Bear Hollow Creek and turns south for several miles. The creek receives the tributary Paint Spring Run during this stretch. It eventually enters Lehman Township and turns southeast, crossing Pennsylvania Route 118. Slightly more than a mile downstream, the creek turns south again. It eventually enters Jackson Township, where it crosses Pennsylvania Route 29 and picks up the tributary Pikes Creek. It then turns southeast and enters a valley, where it flows roughly parallel to Pennsylvania Route 29 for a number of miles. The creek enters Plymouth Township and soon afterwards turns abruptly southwest. Several miles downstream it enters the community of West Nanticoke. Here, it crosses U.S. Route 11 and reaches its confluence with the Susquehanna River.[1]

Harveys Creek joins the Susquehanna River 181.02 miles (291.32 km) upstream of its mouth.[2]

Geography[edit]

The elevation near the mouth of Harveys Creek is 518 feet (158 m) above sea level.[3]

Much of Harveys Creek is in a forested gorge. The cliffs of Tilbury Knob are also situated near the mouth of the creek.[4]

Watershed[edit]

The watershed of Harveys Creek has an area of 46.30 square miles (119.9 km2).[2]

Recreation[edit]

It is possible to canoe on 5.4 miles (8.7 km) of Harveys Creek during a fast snowmelt or within two days of heavy rain. Its difficulty rating ranges between 2 and 4 and Edward Gertler describes the scenery along the creek as "good to very good" in his book Keystone Canoeing. Gertler also describes it as an "obscure torrent". The creek is considered to be suitable for advanced paddlers.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b United States Geological Survey, The National Map, retrieved September 8, 2014 
  2. ^ a b Pennsylvania Gazetteer of Streams, November 2, 2001, retrieved September 8, 2014 
  3. ^ Topographic Map Stream Features in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, retrieved September 8, 2014 
  4. ^ a b Edward Gertler (1984), Keystone Canoeing, Seneca Press, p. 245