Quittapahilla Creek

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Quittapahilla Creek
Origin 40°19′57″N 76°23′17″W / 40.33250°N 76.38806°W / 40.33250; -76.38806[1]
Mouth 40°20′56″N 76°36′54″W / 40.34889°N 76.61500°W / 40.34889; -76.61500Coordinates: 40°20′56″N 76°36′54″W / 40.34889°N 76.61500°W / 40.34889; -76.61500[1] Swatara Creek
Basin countries United States
Mouth elevation 356 ft (109 m)[1]

Quittapahilla Creek (nicknamed the "Quittie") is a 16.8-mile-long (27.0 km)[2] tributary of Swatara Creek in south-central Pennsylvania in the United States. The original Lenape name for this waterway is Kuwektəpehəle, which means 'it flows out (ktəpehəle[3]) from the pines (kuwe[4])'.

Quittapahilla Creek rises in eastern Lebanon County, flows west-southwest through Lebanon and Annville, and joins Swatara Creek northeast of Palmyra.

From the late 18th century to the mid 19th century, the creek was used as part of the route of the Union Canal, which connected the headwaters of the creek with Tulpehocken Creek, a tributary of the Schuylkill River.

By the late 20th century the creek had become polluted from steel mill waste. The decline of industry in the region, as well as federal, state, and local efforts, have led to an improvement in the quality of the water. The stream is stocked annually with trout and it has become a popular destination for recreation fly fishing.


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  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Quittapahilla Creek
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed August 8, 2011
  3. ^ "ktëpehële". Lenape Talking Dictionary. Retrieved 2012-10-10. 
  4. ^ "kuwe". Lenape Talking Dictionary. Retrieved 2012-10-10. 

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