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Quittapahilla Creek

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Quittapahilla Creek

Quittapahilla Creek
Origin [1]
Mouth [1] Swatara Creek
Basin countries United States
Mouth elevation 356 ft (109 m)[1]

Quittapahilla Creek (nicknamed the "Quittie") is a 16.8-mile-long (27.0 km)[2] tributary of Swatara Creek in south-central Pennsylvania in the United States. The original Lenape name for this waterway is Kuwektəpehəle, which means 'it flows out (ktəpehəle[3]) from the pines (kuwe[4])'.

Quittapahilla Creek rises in eastern Lebanon County, flows west-southwest through Lebanon and Annville, and joins Swatara Creek northeast of Palmyra.

By the late 20th century the creek had become polluted from steel mill waste. The decline of industry in the region, as well as federal, state, and local efforts, have led to an improvement in the quality of the water. The stream is stocked annually with trout and it has become a popular destination for recreation fly fishing.


  • Tributaries 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


See also


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Quittapahilla Creek
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed August 8, 2011
  3. ^ "ktëpehële". Lenape Talking Dictionary. Retrieved 2012-10-10. 
  4. ^ "kuwe". Lenape Talking Dictionary. Retrieved 2012-10-10. 

External links

  • Quittapahilla Watershed Organization
  • Quittapahilla Watershed Grant
  • Fly fishing on the Quittie
  • Lebanon Valley College - Dedication announcement of the Cuewe-Pehelle statue on the LVC campus.

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