Lehigh River near Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
|Counties||On the river: Wayne, Lackawanna, Monroe, Luzerne, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton, Watershed: Wayne, Lackawanna, Monroe, Luzerne, Carbon, Lehigh, Schuylkill, Berks, Bucks|
|- left||Tobyhanna Creek, Drakes Creek, Bear Creek, Pohopoco Creek, Aquashicola Creek, Hokendauqua Creek, Monocacy Creek, Catasauqua Creek|
|- right||Black Creek, Nesquehoning Creek, Mauch Chunk Creek, Mahoning Creek, Lizard Creek, Little Lehigh Creek, Saucon Creek|
|Cities||Lehighton, Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton|
|Source||Pocono Peak Lake|
|- location||Lehigh Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania, USA|
|- elevation||2,056 ft (627 m)|
|- location||Easton, Northampton County, Pennsylvania, USA|
|- elevation||160 ft (49 m)|
|Length||109 mi (175 km)|
|Basin||1,345 sq mi (3,484 km2)|
|- average||3,740 cu ft/s (106 m3/s)|
|- max||11,700 cu ft/s (331 m3/s)|
|- min||1,160 cu ft/s (33 m3/s)|
|Discharge elsewhere (average)|
|- Stoddartsville||280 cu ft/s (8 m3/s)|
The Lehigh River, a tributary of the Delaware River, is a 109-mile-long (175 km) river located in eastern Pennsylvania, in the United States. Part of the Lehigh, along with a number of its tributaries, is designated a Pennsylvania Scenic Rivers by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. "Lehigh" is an Anglicization of the Lenape name for the river, Lechewuekink, meaning "where there are forks".
The river flows in a highly winding course through valleys between ridges of the Appalachian Mountains. Its upper course is characterized by numerous whitewater rapids and supports a broad range of recreational pursuits including whitewater rafting, kayaking and canoeing. Its lower course forms the heart of the Lehigh Valley, a historically important anthracite coal and steel-producing region of Pennsylvania.
The river rises in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania, in several ponds in southwestern Wayne County, approximately 15 miles (24 km) southeast of Scranton. It flows initially southwest, through southern Lackawanna County, through Francis E. Walter Reservoir. Near White Haven it turns south, following a zigzag whitewater course through Lehigh Gorge State Park to Jim Thorpe, then southeast, past Lehighton. Southeast of Lehighton, it passes through Blue Mountain in a narrow opening called the Lehigh Gap.
From the Lehigh Gap, the river flows southeast to Allentown, where it is joined by Little Lehigh Creek, then northeast past Bethlehem, where it joins the Delaware River in Easton, along Pennsylvania's border with New Jersey.
The PA Gazeteer of Streams shows that the Lehigh River begins as the outflow of Pocono Peak Lake. Flowing south from the south end of the lake (a natural but dammed body of water) it turns west after a mile and receives water from many lakes and ponds as it flows past the borough of Gouldsboro.
The Lehigh River holds many species of fish, such as Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Pickerel, Panfish, Carp, Catfish and the fish of 10,000 casts, the notorious Muskellunge (Muskie). Trout, both rainbow and brown in the 18"-20" range are average while some have been caught into the mid to upper 20" range. Smallmouth Bass are large in numbers but are of smaller size with most between 8"-14" with an occasional fish from the 18"-21" range. There is an increasing number of muskie being reported within the 30"-52" range. There are both pure and tiger Muskie, the usually sterile, hybrid offspring of the true muskellunge (Esox masquinongy) and the northern pike (Esox lucius) being caught in the river.
- U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed April 1, 2011
- "Fast Facts About Lehigh River". Lehigh Earth Observatory's Envirosci Inquiry. Retrieved 2008-05-05.
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|Wikisource has the text of the 1905 New International Encyclopedia article Lehigh.|
- U.S. Geological Survey: PA stream gauging stations
- Water Flow at Francis E Walter Reservoir outlet
- Lehigh River Watershed Conservation Management Plan
- Lehigh River and Canal at Jim Thorpe
- Lehigh River Whitewater Rafting
- Lehigh River Fly Fishing Adventures
- Lehigh River Sojourn
- Lehigh River Watershed Association
- Lehigh River Water Trail
- Lehigh River Whitewater
- Lehigh River Whitewater Rafting
- Pennsylvania Scenic Rivers website