kids encyclopedia robot

Little Schuylkill River facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Schuylkill River watershed. The Little Schuylkill River joins the Schuylkill River southeast of Pottsville.

The Little Schuylkill River is a 30.6-mile-long (49.2 km) tributary of the Schuylkill River in northeast Pennsylvania in the United States.

It rises south of McAdoo Heights near Haddock, Kline Township in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, on top of Broad Mountain. It flows south, then southwest passing through the communities of Tamaqua and New Ringgold. The river joins the Schuylkill River near Port Clinton west of Hawk Mountain. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has designated several parts of the stream special trout stocking areas.

History of Name

The Little Schuylkill River was known as the Tamauguay Creek or River in the 18th and early to mid 19th centuries. This name derives from the Lenni Lenape word for “beaver” (tëmakwe or tamaqua) and also the Lenni Lenape method for using “hunter’s hints” thus identifying it as the “place of the beavers”. As the land became settled by Europeans, this Schuylkill River tributary was then referred to as the Little Schuylkill River – Schuylkill coming from the Dutch language meaning “hidden river”.


  • Indian Run
  • Rattling Run
  • Lofty Creek
  • Locust Creek
  • Panther Creek
  • Wabash Creek
  • Owl Creek
  • Cold Run
  • Koenigs Creek
  • Brushy Run
  • Swamp Run
  • Rabbit Run
  • Still Creek
kids search engine
Little Schuylkill River Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.