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Kinderhook Creek
Main branches of Kinderhook Creek and Claverack Creek
Native name Pasanthkack
Other name(s) East Creek, Kinderhook Brook
Country United States
State New York, Massachusetts
County Columbia County, NY, Rensselaer County, NY, Berkshire County, MA
Towns , Stottville, New York, Hancock, Massachusetts
Physical characteristics
Main source Hancock, Taconic Mountains, Massachusetts
42°34′38″N 73°17′52″W / 42.57722°N 73.29778°W / 42.57722; -73.29778
River mouth Stockport Creek
Stockport, New York
10 ft (3.0 m)
42°19′03″N 73°44′43″W / 42.31750°N 73.74528°W / 42.31750; -73.74528
Length 49 mi (79 km)

Kinderhook Creek is a 49.0-mile-long (78.9 km) tributary to Stockport Creek, an inlet of the Hudson River in the United States. From its source in Hancock, Massachusetts, the creek runs southwest through the Taconic Mountains into Rensselaer County, New York, and then into Columbia County. It flows through the towns of Stephentown, New Lebanon, Nassau, Chatham, Kinderhook and Stuyvesant to its mouth at Stockport Creek in the town of Stockport.

Kinderhook Creek has a drainage area of over 329 square miles (850 km2).


Kinderhook Creek was known as Pasanthkack by the Mahican Native Americans. Prior to 1667 it was known as "Major Abram's (Staats) Kill" and "Third Falls." In 1823 it was called Stuyvesant Falls (now referring to a village on the creek) and after 1845 "Kinderhook Creek".

The name "Kinderhook" has its root in the landing of Henry Hudson in the area around present-day Stuyvesant, where he was greeted by Native Americans with many children. With the Dutch Kinder meaning "child" and Hoeck meaning "bend" or "hook" [in the river], the name literally means "bend in the river where the children are". A figurative translation is "children's point".

The area around Kinderhook Creek was called Machackoesk by the Native American Mahican Tribe.


  • Valatie Kill - Native American, Tsat-sa-was-sa or Tack-a-was-ick creek (and lake) are placed in the town of Nassau by the French. The name may refer to a stone mortar.
  • Kline Kill - Native American Mahican name Scom-pa-muck or Squampanoc
    • Indian Creek
    • Punsit Creek
  • Stony Kill
    • Frisbee Creek
    • Queechy Lake Brook - Mahican name Quis-sich-kook, unknown meaning
  • Green Brook
  • Tackawasick Creek
    • Cranberry Vly
  • Black Brook
    • Huff Brook
  • Hollow Brook
  • Wyomanock Creek - Native American name for the creek. Also known as Lebanon Creek.
    • South Branch Wyomanock Creek
    • Berry Pond Creek
      • Red Oak Brook
  • Taplin Bourn (from Middle English bourne, a brook)
  • Black River
  • Roaring Brook
  • East Brook
    • West Brook
  • Bentley Brook
  • Whitman Brook
  • Jones Brook
  • Rathburn Brook
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