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Lehigh River
Lehigh River near Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
Counties Wayne, Lackawanna, Monroe, Luzerne, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton
 - left Tobyhanna Creek, Pohopoco Creek, Aquashicola Creek, Hokendauqua Creek, Monocacy Creek
 - right North Bear Creek, Nesquehoning Creek, Mauch Chuck Creek, Mahoning Creek, Lizard Creek, Jordan Creek, Saucon Creek
Cities Lehighton, Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton
Source Pocono Peak Lake
 - location Lehigh Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania, USA
 - elevation 2,056 ft (627 m)
 - coordinates 41°16′42″N 75°24′22″W / 41.27833°N 75.40611°W / 41.27833; -75.40611
Mouth Delaware River
 - location Easton, Northampton County, Pennsylvania, USA
 - elevation 160 ft (49 m)
 - coordinates 40°41′20″N 75°12′17″W / 40.68889°N 75.20472°W / 40.68889; -75.20472
Length 103 mi (166 km)
Basin 1,345 sq mi (3,484 km2)
Discharge for Glendon
 - average 3,740 cu ft/s (106 m3/s)
 - max 11,700 cu ft/s (331 m3/s)
 - min 1,160 cu ft/s (33 m3/s)
Discharge elsewhere (average)
 - Stoddartsville 280 cu ft/s (8 m3/s)
Lehigh River watershed

The Lehigh River, a tributary of the Delaware River, is a 103 mile (166 km) long river located in eastern Pennsylvania, in the United States. Part of the Lehigh, along with a number of its tributaries, is designated a Pennsylvania Scenic River by the state's Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. "Lehigh" is an Anglicization of the Lenape name for the river, "Lechewuekink," meaning "where there are forks."

The river flows in a highly winding course through valleys between ridges of the Appalachian Mountains. Its upper course is characterized by numerous whitewater rapids and supports a broad range of recreational pursuits including whitewater rafting, kayaking and canoeing. Its lower course forms the heart of the Lehigh Valley, an historically important anthracite coal and steel-producing region of Pennsylvania.

The river rises in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania, in several ponds in southwestern Wayne County, approximately 15 miles (24 km) southeast of Scranton. It flows initially southwest, through southern Lackawanna County, through Francis E. Walter Reservoir. Near White Haven, Middleburg, it turns south, following a zigzag whitewater course through Lehigh Gorge State Park to Jim Thorpe, then southeast, past Lehighton. Southeast of Lehighton, it passes through Blue Mountain in a narrow opening called the Lehigh Gap.

From the Lehigh Gap, the river flows southeast to Allentown, where it is joined by the Little Lehigh Creek, then northeast past Bethlehem, where it joins the Delaware River in Easton, along Pennsylvania's border with New Jersey.

See also

The Lehigh River near Slatington at the Lehigh CountyNorthampton County line.

External links


"Fast Facts About Lehigh River". Lehigh Earth Observatory's Envirosci Inquiry. Retrieved 2008-05-05.  



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