Quittapahilla Creek

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Quittapahilla Creek
Country United States
Physical characteristics
Main source 40°19′57″N 76°23′17″W / 40.33250°N 76.38806°W / 40.33250; -76.38806[1]
River mouth 356 ft (109 m)[1]
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

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.

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 water quality. The stream is stocked annually with trout and it has become a popular destination for recreational 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 Archived 2012-04-05 at WebCite, 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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