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The Susquehanna River

Susquehanna River at Danville, PA

Photo: Susquehanna River at Danville (Montour County) Pennsylvania.

Rising near Cooperstown, New York, the Susquehanna flows for more than 440 miles through New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland, emptying into the Chesapeake bay at Havre de Grace.

Some of the major cities along the path of the river and its tributaries are Binghamton, Scranton, Wilke-Barre, Harrisburg, Scranton, Lancaster and York.

At Harrisburg, the river is nearly a mile wide. The river is the 16th largest in the United States and is the largest, wholly contained within the U.S. and emptying into the Atlantic.

The Susquehanna provides about half the fresh water entering the Chesapeake Bay.

According to, "The Susquehanna is named after the Susquehannock Indians. Local legend claims that the name of the river comes from an Indian phrase meaning 'mile wide, foot deep,' referring to the Susquehanna's unusual dimensions, but while the word is Algonquian, it simply means 'muddy water.'"

West Branch — see Muncy Valley, in particular, West Branch River.

Cooperstown NYOneonta NY
Otego NYUnadilla NY
Bainbridge NYAfton NY
Sidney NYWindsor NY
Susquehanna Depot PAOakland PA
Hallstead PAGreat Bend PA
Owego NYVestal NY
Binghamton NYEndicott NY
Sayre PAAthens PA
Laceyville PAMeshoppen PA
Wyalusing PA
Towanda PATunkhannock PA
Pittston PAWest Pittston PA
Forty Fort PAKingston PA
Wilkes-Barre PAPlymouth PA
Nanticoke PAShickshinny PA
Berwick PACatawissa PA
Danville PARiverside PA
Northumberland PASunbury PA
Clearfield PALock Haven PA
Jersey Shore PAWilliamsport PA
South Williamsport PADuboistown PA
Muncy PAMontgomery PA
Watsontown PAMilton PA
Lewisburg PA  
Selinsgrove PAMillersburg PA
Halifax PAHerndon PA
Dauphin PAShamokin Dam PA
New Cumberland PALemoyne PA
Duncannon PAMarysville PA
Harrisburg PAGoldsboro PA
York Haven PAMarietta PA
Wrightsville PAColumbia PA
Havre de Grace MDPerryville MD
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