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Wappinger Creek
Wappinger Creek at Red Oaks Mill.jpg
Wappinger Creek at Red Oaks Mill at high flow
Wappinger Creek Watershed
Native name Ma-we-na-wasigh
Country United States
State New York
Region Hudson Valley
County Dutchess
Towns Pine Plains, Stanford, Washington,
Pleasant Valley, Poughkeepsie,
LaGrange, Wappinger
Physical characteristics
Main source Thompson Pond
Pine Plains
450 ft (140 m)
41°57′30″N 73°40′22″W / 41.95845°N 73.67284°W / 41.95845; -73.67284
River mouth Hudson River
New Hamburg
0 ft (0 m)
41°34′56″N 73°56′52″W / 41.5823158°N 73.9479157°W / 41.5823158; -73.9479157
Length 41.7 mi (67.1 km), North–south
Basin features
Basin size 211 sq mi (550 km2)

Wappinger Creek is a 41.7-mile-long (67.1 km) creek which runs from Thompson Pond to the Hudson River at New Hamburg in Dutchess County, New York, United States. It is the longest creek in Dutchess County, with the largest watershed in the county.


Source of Wappinger Creek at Thompson Pond, Pine Plains, NY
Source of Wappinger Creek at Thompson Pond in Pine Plains
Frozen Wappinger Creek
A frozen waterfall along the creek
Inn at the Falls
Looking north at Red Oaks Mills

The creek flows in a north–south direction on the eastern side of the Hudson River. The creek's source is Thompson Pond near Pine Plains, and it heads southwestward towards its mouth in the Hudson River near New Hamburg. Along the way, it goes through fluctuations in width and follows an erratic path. The initial .25 mi (0.40 km) of the creek runs through rocky, steep, wooded terrain. However, as it approaches the Hudson it enters the river's tidal range, and has sandbars, mudflats and marshes. The creek is also home to numerous species, and is an important spawning area for anadromous fish, which thrive in the creek between April and June. Largemouth bass, bluegill, pumpkinseed, red-breasted sunfish, and brown bullhead, however, are resident species. Also, the creek is annually stocked with various species of trout for the purpose of recreational fishing.

In Wappingers Falls, the creek forms Wappinger Lake, a man-made reservoir.

Some residents and maps such as the 1867 Dutchess County Atlas refer to the creek as the Wappingers, as does the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the National Weather Service, and the Hudson River Riverkeeper.


Wappinger Creek has four distinct tributaries; the longest of which is Little Wappinger Creek which enters the creek from the east bank.

The tributaries are listed below from the source to the mouth, with Hunns Lake Creek being the northernmost and Little Wappinger Creek being the southernmost.

Name Mouth
Hunns Lake Creek 41°52′29″N 73°42′10″W / 41.8748°N 73.7029°W / 41.8748; -73.7029 (Hunns Lake Creek) 41°54′50″N 73°38′39″W / 41.9139°N 73.6442°W / 41.9139; -73.6442 (Hunns Lake Creek) Named after its source, Hunns Lake
Willow Brook 42°43′36″N 73°42′26″W / 42.7267°N 73.7072°W / 42.7267; -73.7072 (Willow Brook) 41°42′14″N 73°42′26″W / 41.7038°N 73.7072°W / 41.7038; -73.7072 (Willow Brook) Enters Wappinger Creek where County Route 17 crosses
East Branch Wappinger Creek 41°48′50″N 73°45′29″W / 41.8139°N 73.7581°W / 41.8139; -73.7581 (West Branch Wappinger Creek) 41°47′39″N 73°41′33″W / 41.7942°N 73.6926°W / 41.7942; -73.6926 (East Branch Wappinger Creek) One of the two largest tributaries of Wappinger Creek
Little Wappinger Creek 41°47′51″N 73°47′20″W / 41.7975°N 73.7890°W / 41.7975; -73.7890 (Little Wappinger Creek) 41°59′18″N 73°46′16″W / 41.9884°N 73.7712°W / 41.9884; -73.7712 (Little Wappinger Creek) Longest Tributary of Wappinger Creek
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