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Pequest River
Pequest River headwaters near Springdale Andover Twsp NJ.jpg
Headwaters of the Pequest near Springdale, in Andover Township, New Jersey
Country United States of America
Physical characteristics
Main source Stickles Pond, Newton, New Jersey
668 feet (204 m)
River mouth Delaware River at Belvidere, New Jersey
Length 35.7 miles (57.5 km)
Basin features
Basin size 162.62 square miles (421.2 km2)

The Pequest River is a 35.7-mile-long (57.5 km) tributary of the Delaware River in the Skylands Region in northwestern New Jersey in the United States.

The Pequest, Native American for "open land," drains an area of 162.62 square miles (421.2 km2) across Sussex and Warren counties, consisting of ten municipalities.


The Pequest starts at Stickles Pond, Newton in Sussex County and flows southward through Springdale and Huntsville, about 3.5 miles (5.6 km), where it starts to turn southwest. Flowing through Tranquility, it runs along the northwestern side of the Allamuchy Mountain ridge near Allamuchy, where it meets Trout Brook.

It now joins Bear Creek in Bear Swamp and passes through the reclaimed swampy area known as the Great Meadows, lying between the ridges of Jenny Jump Mountain and Cat Swamp Mountain. Shades Of Death Road runs along the foot of Jenny Jump Mountain on the north side of the valley here. Some of the land here was drained for cultivation by excavation and clearing of the Pequest and its tributaries. It exits the Great Meadows in a long loop through the gap between Cat Swamp Mountain and Danville Mountain and resumes its course along the southeastern side of Mount Mohepinoke, entering the Pequest Wildlife Management Area. Furnace Brook empties into it as it descends into a small gorge cut between Mt. Mohepinoke and an outlying spur of the Scotts Mountain massif. It turns west, and Mountain Lake Brook enters the stream just above Buttzville, where it exists the Pequest WMA. It passes west through Bridgeville, turns slightly towards the north, and meets Beaver Brook as it turns southwest again. It tumbles down to Belvidere in a series of falls, where it meets the Delaware River.


  • Beaver Brook
  • Mountain Lake Brook
  • Furnace Brook
  • Bear Creek
  • Trout Brook

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