Turkey Run (West Branch Susquehanna River tributary)
Turkey Run looking downstream
|- location||base of a large mountain in Clinton Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania|
|- elevation||596 ft (182 m)|
|West Branch Susquehanna River in Clinton Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania near Seagers|
|459 ft (140 m)|
|Length||2.2 mi (3.5 km)|
|Basin size||2.18 sq mi (5.6 km2)|
|Progression||West Branch Susquehanna River → Susquehanna River → Chesapeake Bay|
Turkey Run is a tributary of the West Branch Susquehanna River in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. It is approximately 2.2 miles (3.5 km) long and flows through Clinton Township. The watershed of the stream has an area of 2.18 square miles (5.6 km2). The stream is not designated as an impaired waterbody. It is a relatively small stream and is located near State Correctional Institution – Muncy. The stream's watershed is designated as a Warmwater Fishery and a Migratory Fishery.
Turkey Run begins at the base of a large mountain in Clinton Township. It flows east for a few tenths of a mile before turning south and passing through a small pond. After a few tenths of a mile, the stream turns southeast for several tenths of a mile, passing through another small pond, crossing Pennsylvania Route 405, and crossing railroad tracks. It then turns south-southwest for several tenths of a mile before reaching its confluence with the West Branch Susquehanna River.
Turkey Run joins the West Branch Susquehanna River 25.64 miles (41.26 km) upstream of its mouth.
Turkey Run is not designated as an impaired waterbody.
Geography and geology
The watershed of Turkey Run has an area of 2.18 square miles (5.6 km2). The stream is entirely within the United States Geological Survey quadrangle of Muncy. Its mouth is located within 1 mile (1.6 km) of Seagers.
The designated use for Turkey Run is aquatic life. The stream is not far from Williamsport, but is on the opposite bank of the West Branch Susquehanna River. The State Correctional Institution Muncy is located near the headwaters of Turkey Run.
Peter Smith had a farm on Turkey Run by 1778. His wife and children were killed in July 1778. In August of that year, a group of soldiers and militia were sent to the farm to protect people helping Smith harvest his crop. Turkey Run provided power to gristmills and sawmills in the early days of settlement in the stream's vicinity.
A bridge carrying Pennsylvania Route 405 crosses Turkey Run. In 2013, an $85,000 bridge replacement was planned for 2014 to 2016. Turkey Run Partners[who?] once applied for and/or received a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit to discharge stormwater into the stream during construction activities.
The drainage basin of Turkey Run is designated as a Warmwater Fishery and a Migratory Fishery. In the 1970s, the stream was described as being "moderately depressed" downstream of the State Correctional Institute Muncy.
- Black Hole Creek, next tributary of the West Branch Susquehanna River going downriver
- Glade Run, next tributary of the West Branch Susquehanna River going upriver
- List of rivers of Pennsylvania
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- Pennsylvania Gazetteer of Streams (PDF), November 2, 2001, retrieved January 17, 2016
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- Geographic Names Information System, Feature Detail Report for: Turkey Run, retrieved January 17, 2016
- John Franklin Meginness, ed. (1892), History of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, p. 585
- Full text of The One-room school: Lycoming County's legacy, retrieved January 17, 2016
- William W. Betts, Jr. (2010), The Hatchet and the Plow: The Life and Times of Chief Cornplanter, p. 42
- Pennsylvania. Bureau of Water Quality Management, Edward R. Brezina (1974), A Listing of Aquatic Biological Stream Investigations: June, 1968 to January, 1974, p. 41
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- "Actions", Pennsylvania Bulletin, retrieved January 17, 2016
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