Local Rivers and Streams

Nanticoke Creek

Description:

Nanticoke (footnote) creek is a small creek that makes for a interesting trip through
an area that is well developed. It gets its start up in Northern Broome country.

From Maine down to the Rt. 26 bridge it is challenging but a very interesting trip.
Below the Rt. 26 bridge it is a pleasent but short trip through the West side of Endicott.
After flowing through Endicott between the En-Joie golf course and the local airport it
ends at its confluence with the Susquehanna River.
Map
Section Difficulty Distance Time Scenery Page
Ames Rd in Maine to Union Center 2+ 5 miles 2 hours good 47
Trip Description:
From East Maine Road bridge down Union Center is the most interesting section. In this
section of the creek it is very small and intimate. In may places a deer could leap over it.
Expect to find strainers and sweepers in this section. In same places expect to find tress
blocking the creek. One needs good boat control in this section.

Access:
In: At East Maine Road at the bridge off Rt. 26 in the town of Maine. Parking at the
Northwest end of the bridge.
Access Map

Out: You can exit the Nanticoke at the Back Road Bridge where it cross the creek to Rt. 26
in Union Center. You can park at Doug's Garage with permission. Access Map



Hazards: Strainers, trees across the creek, and piles of debris are very common here.
be sure to scout an section you can not see through.

Water Conditions: Runnable Spring to Fall after heavy rain.

Gauge: None. Passable when the Otselic River gauge reads 1.75 ft and the Owego Creek gauge
reads 2.25 ft.
Section Difficulty Distance Time Scenery Page
Pollard Hill Rd in Maine to Endicott 2+ 6 miles 2 good 47
Trip Description:
From Pollard Hill Rd bridge the creek is bumpy at low water. There maybe
strainers, downed trees and piles of debris blocking the creek.

But it is a fine and pleasant misery for for those who enjoy the challenge. You need a
small kayak or canoe to maneuver the obstacles you find here.

Don't be afraid to get out and scout the bends and areas in the creek that
are questionable.

In: At Pollard Hill Rd bridge off Rt. 26 in the town of Maine. Limited parking at the
southeast end of the bridge.
Access Map

Out: Exit just after passing under the Rt. 26 bridge. A short hike over the dike on river
left puts you at the BPOE parking lot. If you park here park down back out of their way.
Access Map

Hazards: Strainers, trees across the creek, and piles of debris are very common here.

Water Conditions: Runnable Spring to Fall after heavy rain.

Gauge: None. Passable when the Otselic River gauge reads 1.75 ft and the Owego Creek gauge
reads 2.25 ft.

5-13-06: If the Otselic reads 1.47 ft. and the Owego gauge reads 1.38 the Nanticoke is
to low to paddle.
Section Difficulty Distance Time Scenery Page
Endicott to Susq. River 1+ 3 miles 1 hr. good 47
Trip Description:
Starting in Endicott from the Rt. 26 bridge area, (park at the BPOE parking
lot but out of the way) you will encounter the first of two man made boulder
dams. In most cases you can find a spot to pass thorugh these small dams without
any problem. Just before the Rt. 17C bridge you will pass through a quick little run.


Access
In: At the BPOE parking lot just south of the Rt. 26 bridge (Endicott) over
the Nanticoke or paddle up from Grippen Park. Grippen Park is off Rt. 17C on the
west side of Endicott.
Access Map

Out: Exit at Grippen Park which is about one half mile up Susquehanna River from
the confluence of the Nanticoke Creek and the Susquehanna river. Aleternate take out
at the Spots Field just North of the Rt 17C Bridge.
Access Map

Hazards: Possible strainers and small man made boulder dams.

Water Conditions: Runnable Spring to Fall after moderate rain.

Gauge: None. Plenty of water for this section when the Otselic River gauge
reads 1.75 ft and the Owego Creek gauge reads 2.25 ft.

June 6, 2006:
Good playing above the Rt 17C bridge when the Otselic River gauge reads
2.12 ft and the Owego Creek gauge reads 2.3 ft.
footnote:
'Nanticoke': The name is derived from Uentego, a variation of Unalachtgo or Unentego,
meaning tide water people" in reference to the Nanticoke Indian tribe of the same name.

(Indian Villages and Place Names in Pennsylvania by Donehoo. Published by Gateway Press 1997)
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