Little Lehigh Creek

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Little Lehigh Creek in Allentown, Pennsylvania, 2007

Little Lehigh Creek is approximately 24.0 miles (38.6 km) long, in eastern Pennsylvania, in the United States. It is also sometimes referred to as the Little Lehigh River. It is the largest tributary of the Lehigh River.

The creek flows in a winding course through the Lehigh Valley. It originates in Longswamp Township in Berks County and flows generally northeast through Lower Macungie Township and Salisbury Township. In the city of Allentown it receives Jordan Creek, just before flowing into the Lehigh River.

The Little Lehigh has 88.8 square miles (230.0 km2) of drainage area in Lehigh County and 18.7 square miles (48.4 km2) of drainage area in Berks County.


The Little Lehigh forms a linear park in Allentown and Emmaus. This park has a covered bridge and walking trails along the creek. In spite of a trout hatchery in the park, the stream is well known for its population of wild brown trout. Sections of the stream are designated for catch and release fly fishing only. There are extensive equestrian trails running along the stream through the park which are used by riders, runners and walkers.


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External links[edit]

  • U.S. Geological Survey: PA stream gaging stations
  • Little Lehigh Creek Watershed Act 167 Storm Water Management Plan Update (PDF), Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, June 2000
  • Little Lehigh Creek Water Quality Standards Review, Stream Redesignation Evaluation Report (PDF), Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, May 2010

Coordinates: 40°35′50″N 75°26′54″W / 40.5973°N 75.4483°W / 40.5973; -75.4483