Manada Creek

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Manada Creek
Manada Creek at the Jonestown Road bridge.jpg
View of the creek from the Jonestown Road Bridge at Manada Hill, Pennsylvania.
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
Counties Dauphin, Lebanon
 - left Walnut Run
Cities Sandbeach, Manadahill, Manada Gap, Fort Indiantown Gap
Source Fort Indiantown Gap
 - location East Hanover Township, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, USA
 - coordinates 40°26′29″N 76°38′41″W / 40.44139°N 76.64472°W / 40.44139; -76.64472
Mouth Swatara Creek
 - location Sand Beach, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA
 - elevation 348 ft (106 m)
 - coordinates 40°18′16″N 76°40′08″W / 40.30444°N 76.66889°W / 40.30444; -76.66889Coordinates: 40°18′16″N 76°40′08″W / 40.30444°N 76.66889°W / 40.30444; -76.66889
Length 17.0 mi (27 km)
Basin 32.2 sq mi (83 km2)
Discharge for Manada Gap, Pennsylvania
 - average 23 cu ft/s (1 m3/s)
 - max 987 cu ft/s (28 m3/s)
 - min 8 cu ft/s (0 m3/s)

Manada Creek[1][2]is a 17.0-mile-long (27.4 km)[3]tributary of Swatara Creek in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania in the United States. The watershed drains approximately 32 sq mi (83 km). The name is derived in Lenape, meaning "an island".[4]


The creek is born in Blue Mountain at Fort Indiantown Gap, East Hanover Township by the confluence of several branches. It meanders southwest to flow through Manada Gap, Pennsylvania creating a water gap through Blue Mountain.

The tributary Walnut Run joins Manada Creek above Interstate 81.

It becomes the border of East Hanover and West Hanover townships. The creek continues winding through forests and agricultural farmland before it flows into the Swatara Creek along the outskirts of the unincorporated community of Sand Beach.

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