Tunkhannock Creek (Susquehanna River)

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Tunkhannock Creek
Tunkhannock Creek looking upstream.jpg
Tunkhannock Creek looking upstream near Nicholson, Pennsylvania
Basin features
Main source Jackson Township, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania
River mouth Susquehanna River in Tunkhannock, Wyoming County, Pennsylvania
41°32′09″N 75°56′48″W / 41.5357°N 75.9467°W / 41.5357; -75.9467Coordinates: 41°32′09″N 75°56′48″W / 41.5357°N 75.9467°W / 41.5357; -75.9467
Progression Tunkhannock Creek → Susquehanna RiverChesapeake Bay
Basin size 413 sq mi (1,070 km2)
Physical characteristics
Length 42.3 mi (68.1 km)
Tunkhannock Creek looking downstream near Nicholson

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

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 East Branch that rises in Herrick Township to the east and north of Elk Mountain and a South 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 East Branch Tunkhannock Creek.[2]

The Tunkhannock Viaduct crossing over the creek near Nicholson, Pennsylvania

The 2,400-foot-long (730 m) Erie Lackawanna Railway Tunkhannock Viaduct (called locally the "Nicholson Bridge"), featuring high, multiple 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. 
  3. ^ Gertler, Edward. Keystone Canoeing, Seneca Press, 2004. ISBN 0-9749692-0-6

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