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Chiques Creek
Kauffman's Distillery Covered Bridge Side View 3000px.jpg
Kauffman's Distillery Covered Bridge spans Chiques Creek in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Country Lebanon and Lancaster Counties, Pennsylvania, United States
Physical characteristics
Main source Mount Gretna Heights, Pennsylvania
1,100 feet (340 m)
River mouth Susquehanna River at Marietta, Pennsylvania
230 feet (70 m)
Length 31.6 miles (50.9 km)
Basin features
Basin size 126 square miles (330 km2)

Chiques Creek (known as Chickies Creek until 2002) is a 31.6-mile-long (50.9 km) tributary of the Susquehanna River in Lebanon and Lancaster counties, Pennsylvania in the United States.

The source is at an elevation of 1,100 feet (340 m) near Mount Gretna Heights in Lebanon County. The mouth is the confluence with the Susquehanna River at an elevation of 230 feet (70 m) at Marietta in Lancaster County.


The name of the creek comes from the Lenape Chiquesalunga, meaning "place of crayfish".

The United States Geological Survey Board on Geographic Names has made three official decisions on the name of the creek, deciding it was Chickies Creek in 1896 and 1916 before changing it to Chiques Creek in 2002. The USGS Geographic Names Information System recognizes the following thirteen variant names for the creek: Big Chickies Creek, Big Chiques Creek, Big Chiquesalunga Creek, Chickesalapga Creek, Chickeswalungo Creek, Chickies Creek, Chickisalungo Creek, Chicques Creek, Chikiswalunga Creek, Chikiswalungo Creek, Chiquasatunga Creek, Chiquesatonga Creek, and Chiquesatunga Creek.

Course and watershed

Chiques Creek flows generally south for its entire course. The Chickies Creek watershed has a total area of 126 square miles (330 km2) and is part of the larger Chesapeake Bay drainage basin. Chiques Creek's major tributary is Little Chiques Creek, entering roughly one mile upstream its mouth. (hence the variant names with Big in them for the main creek).

Covered bridges

Five covered bridges cross the creek in Lancaster County:


  • Donegal Creek
  • Little Chiques Creek
  • Dellinger Run
  • Hife Run
  • Boyers Run
  • Shearers Creek
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