Lackawaxen River

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Lackawaxen River.jpg
The Lackawaxen River several miles above confluence with the Delaware
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
Region Poconos
Counties Wayne, Pike
 - right Wallenpaupack Creek
Landmark Prompton Lake
Primary source West Branch Lackawaxen River
 - location Confluence above Belmont Lake, in Orson and Poyntelle
 - elevation 1,840 ft (561 m)
 - coordinates 41°47′31″N 75°25′54″W / 41.79194°N 75.43167°W / 41.79194; -75.43167
Secondary source Johnson Creek
 - location Mt. Pleasant Twp.
 - elevation 1,480 ft (451 m)
 - coordinates 41°44′45″N 75°23′1″W / 41.74583°N 75.38361°W / 41.74583; -75.38361
Source confluence E of PA 170
 - location Creamtown
 - elevation 1,250 ft (381 m)
 - coordinates 41°40′40″N 75°22′44″W / 41.67778°N 75.37889°W / 41.67778; -75.37889
Mouth Delaware River
 - location Lackawaxen
 - elevation 580 ft (177 m)
 - coordinates 41°29′13″N 74°59′14″W / 41.48694°N 74.98722°W / 41.48694; -74.98722Coordinates: 41°29′13″N 74°59′14″W / 41.48694°N 74.98722°W / 41.48694; -74.98722
Length 31 mi (50 km)
Basin 598 sq mi (1,549 km2)
Discharge for Rowland
 - average 1,318 cu ft/s (37 m3/s)
 - max 13,208 cu ft/s (374 m3/s)
 - min 53 cu ft/s (2 m3/s)
Discharge elsewhere (average)
 - Honesdale 394 cu ft/s (11 m3/s)
Map of Lackawaxen and Lackawanna watersheds
Discharge figures from "Water data for Lackawaxen River at Howland, 2008" (PDF). United States Geological Survey. Retrieved November 20, 2009. and

The Lackawaxen River is a 31.3-mile-long (50.4 km)[1] tributary of the Delaware River in northeastern Pennsylvania in the United States. The river flows through a largely rural area in the northern Pocono Mountains, draining an area of approximately 598 square miles (1,550 km2).

Its source is in the borough of Prompton in western Wayne County, at the confluence of the West Branch and Van Auken Creek. It flows past Honesdale and Hawley, where it is joined from the southwest by Wallenpaupack Creek. Water discharged from the Lake Wallenpaupack hydroelectric facility enters the river downstream from Hawley. The river continues east and joins the Delaware at Lackawaxen. East of Honesdale, it was deepened as part of the Delaware and Hudson Canal project.

The river is a popular destination for canoeing and recreational fly fishing for trout. It was reportedly where the American author Zane Grey first learned to fly fish.[2]

Lackawaxen is Lenape for "swift waters".

West Branch Lackawaxen River[edit]

The West Branch, approximately 21.5 miles (34.6 km) long,[1] rises from a confluence of several small streams in the villages of Orson and Poyntelle in northern Wayne County, and flows south-southeast through Belmont Lake in Belmont Corners. After a second confluence, with Johnson Creek, it flows southeast through Prompton Lake reservoir, to a third confluence, with Van Auken Creek, to form the main stem.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2012-04-05 at WebCite, accessed April 1, 2011
  2. ^ Lackawaxen River Conservatory Website
  3. ^ Gertler, Edward. Keystone Canoeing, Seneca Press, 2004. ISBN 0-9749692-0-6

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