Local Rivers and Creeks

Tunkhannock Creek


Tunkhannock Creek (footnote) heads in Susquehanna county. It is one of the most attractive
creeks in the area.

It ends at its confluence with the Susquehanna River at the village of Tunkhannock.

Section Difficulty Distance Time Scenery Page
Nicholson to Dixon 1 - 2 12 miles 3.4 hrs. very good 38
Trip Description:

The Tunkhannock Creek, although small, is a very pleasant creek to paddle. It has some
class I sections with at least one class II section if the water level is just right.

Access In: At Nicholson community park, if driving south west through the village watch
for a small sign on the left indicating the entrance to the ballfield/park.
It's near Maple Ave. Entrance looks like a private driveway.

Access Map

Out: Exit at the community park, less than one mile after passing under the
Rt. 6 bridge. Watch for the park on the right; look for park benches then for
a concrete bulkhead.

Access Map

Hazards: Possible strainers and sweepers.

Water Conditions: Runnable Spring and after heavy rain.

Gauge: 2.8 ft at the Dixon gauge is good paddling.

Note: 04-29-2006: 2.23 ft is low but passable with a little scraping in some places.
09-30-2006: At 2.6 ft and 800 cfs good water; no scraping.
04-06-2008: The water was good at 3.2 feet; nice big waves with places to play.

footnote: "Tunkhannock': The name is derived from the corruption of the
Delaware Indian name Tank-hanneu or Tang-hanneu meaning "small stream".

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

Also: The suffix 'Hannock' was significant of rapidly flowing water. A former
Delaware and Nanticoke village was located at the mouth of Tunkhannock Creek at
Tunkhannock, PA.

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Revisions: Feb. 2005 July 2008 Feb. 2010