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Catawissa Creek is a tributary of the North Branch Susquehanna River in east central Pennsylvania in the United States.

Catawissa Creek (Lenape for "growing fat") rises in the coal fields of Schuylkill County near Audenried. It runs west along the south side of Pismire Ridge, and then drops steeply and turns south into a deep valley. It meanders sharply and turns west again between Green Mountain and Locust Mountain — the Ringtown Valley. It turns north and squeezes through a narrow gorge, passing the west end of Green Mountain. Meeting Tomhicken Creek, it turns west again, cutting sharp meanders along the southern side of Buck Mountain. The abandoned Reading Railroad's Catawissa Branch begins to follow it along the side of Catawissa Mountain, which gradually squeezes it against Buck Mountain until creek and rail grade push north through another steep gorge just south of Shumans, where Beaver Run enters the stream. The creek eases around the west end of McCauley Mountain and meanders west again. Just south of Nescopeck Mountain, Scotch Run enters the stream, followed by the abandoned PRR Scotch Valley Branch. The stream, the rail grades, and a local road push north through a deep gap between Catawissa and Nescopeck Mountains to Mainville. The creek then turns west-southwest and joins the North Branch Susquehanna River at Catawissa in Columbia County.


  • Scotch Run
  • Fisher Run
  • Beaver Run
  • Klingermans Run
  • Cranberry Run
  • Crooked Run
  • Tomhicken Creek
  • Little Catawissa Creek
  • Dark Run
  • Rattling Run
  • Davis Run
  • Messers Run

See also


  • Gertler, Edward. Keystone Canoeing, Seneca Press, 2004. ISBN 0-9749692-0-6



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