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Tunkhannock Creek
Tunkhannock Creek looking upstream.jpg
Tunkhannock Creek looking upstream near Nicholson, Pennsylvania
Physical characteristics
Main source Jackson Township, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania
River mouth Susquehanna River in Tunkhannock, Wyoming County, Pennsylvania
41°32′09″N 75°56′48″W / 41.5357°N 75.9467°W / 41.5357; -75.9467
Length 42.3 mi (68.1 km)
Basin features
Progression Tunkhannock Creek → Susquehanna RiverChesapeake Bay
Basin size 413 sq mi (1,070 km2)
Tunkhannock Creek looking downstream
Tunkhannock Creek looking downstream near Nicholson

Tunkhannock Creek is a 42.3-mile-long (68.1 km) tributary of the Susquehanna River in northeastern Pennsylvania, United States.

English translations of the Lenni-Lenape Tunkhannock vary, including "meeting of the waters", "small stream", "wilderness stream", and "wooded stream". Most sources note, however, that hanna, as in Susque-, Toby-, Loyal-, Tunkhannock, and Lackawanna, suggests "moving water."

Tunkhannock Creek is traced northeast along PA Highway 92 to its source of Cheraine Pond near Jackson. It has an eastern branch that rises in Herrick Township to the east and north of Elk Mountain and a southern branch that rises near Montdale in Scott Township. Tunkhannock Creek's major tributaries include, Nine Partners Creek, East Branch Tunkhannock Creek, Horton Creek, Martins Creek, Hop Bottom Creek, and South Branch Tunkhannock Creek.

Tunkhannock Viaduct
The Tunkhannock Viaduct crossing over the creek near Nicholson, Pennsylvania

The 2,400-foot-long (730 m) Erie Lackawanna Railway Tunkhannock Viaduct (called locally the "Nicholson Bridge"), featuring high, multiple concrete arches, passes over the creek near Nicholson.

Tunkhannock Creek empties into the Susquehanna at Tunkhannock in Wyoming County.

South Branch Tunkhannock Creek

The South Branch joins the main branch approximately 1.8 miles (2.9 km) downstream of the community of East Lemon, and approximately 6.3 miles (10.1 km) upstream of the Susquehanna River.

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