The Susquehanna River

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The Susquehanna River flows from upstate New York state to the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. The North Branch begins as the outlet of Otsego Lake in Cooperstown, New York. At approximately 444 mi long, it is the longest river on the American east coast and the 16th longest in the United States. The broad, shallow waters also make the Susquehanna the longest, non-commercially navigable river in the country.

The Susquehanna River’s two branches merge in the Susquehanna River Valley (near Northumberland).

With an average daily rush of 22 billion gallons of water, the Susquehanna is the largest contributor of freshwater to the Chesapeake Bay. The Bay was formed over 10,000 years ago when what was then the Susquehanna River was flooded by rising sea levels. The quality and quantity of waters from the

Susquehanna and its tributaries directly affect the Bay's health and productivity.


Looking for information about kayaking adventures on the Susquehanna River! Contact Bic's Watersports and Outdoor Adventures, a kayak/canoe rental business that provides transportation to designated drop-off locations on the Susquehanna so patrons can enjoy some relaxing time on the water. And when you return from your ride, relax on lounge chairs or hammocks located around on-site firepits.

The Susquehanna River has become the home for various college crew teams, most notably Susquehanna University and Bucknell University.

The Susquehanna River is an ideal river for boating, fishing, camping and wildlife watching. For more info, check out the Susquehanna River Trail Association's website. The association promotes environmental responsible recreation on the Susquehanna River by maintaining 23 campsites on islands stretching from Sunbury to Harrisburg. Canoeing, fishing & kayaking are promoted as ways to experience this wilderness.

Local History

Courtesy of Wikipedia:
The river has played an enormous role throughout the history of the United States. Before European conquest, the Susquhannock, an Iroquoian tribe lived along the river and gave the Susquehanna its name. In the 17th century, it was inhabited largely by the Lenape. In the 18th century, William Penn, the founder of the Pennsylvania Colony, negotiated with the Lenape to allow white settlement in the colony between the Delaware River and the Susquehanna. 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 current" or "winding current".

Additional Resources


Faylor and Walker Lakes in Snyder County

Faylor Lake

Faylor Lake

Walker Lake

For fishing and boating (electric motors only), the 239-acre Walker Lake near Troxelville in western Snyder County, is excellent. The lake and shoreline are owned and managed by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Current species include northern pike, largemouth bass, walleye, black crappie, and bluegill.


Commonwealth Inland Waters regulations apply for all species of fish.

The Commission historically has stocked the lake with Northern Pike and Walleye fingerling.

Fish habitat structures have been placed in the lake (view PDF map) over the years as part of the Commission's Fish Habitat Improvement Program.


Boating is limited to boats powered by electric motors and un-powered boats. One launch ramp is available along with associated parking facilities.

Un-powered boats may be moored at the lake in accordance with Commission property regulations. To be used at the lake, boats must be registered or have a valid launch permit (permits are issued by the Commission or PA Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources).

Faylor Lake

Boating and Fishing are also popular at nearby Faylor Lake, a 140-acre resource near Beaver Springs. The Lake is a shallow, 140-acre lake laying in the large valley between Jack’s and Shade Mountains in western Snyder County just outside of Beaver Springs.  Fed by Middle Creek this lake is home to numerous species of warm water fish, turtles, migratory birds, song birds and frogs.  There are parking lots and a gravel boat ramp.  Subject to all applicable Fish & Boat Commission regulations, boating is limited to un-powered boats only. 

Lake Chillisquaque at Montour Preserve

Montour Preserve Fall

Lake Chillisquaque, a 165-acre reservoir on the middle branch of Chillisquaque Creek, was built as a backup cooling water supply for the nearby Montour Power Plant.  The name ‘Chillisquaque’ comes from the native American term meaning ‘song of the wild goose’ and is a wonderful spot for viewing migrating water fowl and other birds.

The lake is home to a naturally reproducing fish population monitored by the PA Fish & Boat Commission.  It includes the following game species:

In cooperation with the PA Fish & Boat Commission and a local bass club, a variety of fish structures have been placed in the lake over the years to enhance fish habitats, recreational fishing and provide shelter and spawning sites for fish.  To learn more about the PA Fish & Boat Commission’s habitat improvement efforts, please click here.

When fishing in Lake Chillisquaque, the most effective baits are often minnows, nightcrawlers and crawdads.  Anglers and fish favor some artificial baits such as jigs, buzz baits, Rapalas/Rebels, crankbaits and plastic worms.

A line of buoys, shown on the map above, designates the boundary of the Montour Preserve Wildlife Refuge.  Fishing and boating are not allowed within the refuge at any time.