Tunkhannock Creek (Susquehanna River tributary)

Coordinates: 41°32′09″N 75°56′48″W / 41.5357°N 75.9467°W / 41.5357; -75.9467
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Tunkhannock Creek
Tunkhannock Creek looking upstream near Nicholson, Pennsylvania
Physical characteristics
 • locationJackson Township, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania
 • location
Susquehanna River in Tunkhannock, Wyoming County, Pennsylvania
 • coordinates
41°32′09″N 75°56′48″W / 41.5357°N 75.9467°W / 41.5357; -75.9467
Length42.3 mi (68.1 km)
Basin size413 sq mi (1,070 km2)
Basin features
ProgressionTunkhannock Creek → Susquehanna RiverChesapeake Bay
 • leftRock Creek, Bear Swamp Creek, East Branch Tunkhannock Creek, South Branch Tunkhannock Creek
 • rightBell Creek, Nine Partners Creek, Partners Creek, Tower Branch, Millard Creek, Utley Brook, Martins Creek, Horton Creek, Field Brook, Monroe Creek, Oxbow Creek, Billings Mill Brook, Swale Brook
Tunkhannock Creek looking downstream near Nicholson
The Tunkhannock Viaduct crossing over the creek near Nicholson, Pennsylvania

Tunkhannock Creek is a 42.3-mile-long (68.1 km)[1] tributary of the Susquehanna River in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

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 of Cheraine Pond near Jackson. It has an eastern branch that rises in Herrick Township to the east and north of Elk Mountain and a southern branch that rises near Montdale in Scott Township. Tunkhannock Creek's major tributaries include, Nine Partners Creek, East Branch Tunkhannock Creek, Horton Creek, Martins Creek, Hop Bottom Creek, and South Branch Tunkhannock Creek.[2]

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

Tunkhannock Creek empties into the Susquehanna at Tunkhannock in Wyoming County.[3]

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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed August 8, 2011
  2. ^ Barnes Stone, Joyce E (1 October 1997). "Tunkhannock Creek Conservation Plan" (PDF). Pennsylvania Environmental Council. p. 2. Retrieved 17 January 2016.[dead link]
  3. ^ Gertler, Edward. Keystone Canoeing, Seneca Press, 2004. ISBN 0-9749692-0-6

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