Tunkhannock Creek (North Branch Susquehanna River)

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Tunkhannock Creek is a 42.3-mile-long (68.1 km)[1] tributary of the Susquehanna River in northeastern Pennsylvania, United States. The portion of the Susquehanna from Sunbury to its source at Otsego Lake near Cooperstown, New York is sometimes termed its "North Branch."

English translations of the Lenni-Lenape Tunkhannock vary, including "meeting of the waters", "small stream", "wilderness stream", and "wooded stream". Most sources note, however, that hanna, as in Susque-, Toby-, Loyal-, Tunkhannock, and Lackawanna, suggests "moving water."

Tunkhannock Creek is traced northeast along PA Highway 92 to its source near Jackson. It has an East Branch that rises in Herrick Township to the east and north of Elk Mountain and a South Branch that rises near Montdale in Scott Township.

The Tunkhannock Viaduct crossing over the creek near Nicholson, Pennsylvania

The 2,400-foot-long (730 m) Erie Lackawanna Railway Tunkhannock Viaduct (called locally the "Nicholson Bridge"), featuring high, multiple concrete arches, passes over the creek near Nicholson.

Tunkhannock Creek empties into the Susquehanna at Tunkhannock in Wyoming County.[2]

South Branch Tunkhannock Creek[edit]

The South Branch joins the main branch approximately 1.8 miles (2.9 km) downstream of the community of East Lemon, and approximately 6.3 miles (10.1 km) upstream of the Susquehanna River.

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  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed August 8, 2011
  2. ^ Gertler, Edward. Keystone Canoeing, Seneca Press, 2004. ISBN 0-9749692-0-6

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