Subbasins

Upper Susquehanna Subbasin

The source of the Susquehanna River is Otsego Lake in Cooperstown, New York. From Cooperstown, the river flows southward through New York and into Pennsylvania just south of Windsor, New York. Downstream of Great Bend, it flows back into New York and continues westward before being joined by the Chemung River at Sayre, Pennsylvania.

Drainage area (square miles)
  • Total - 4,944
  • In NY - 4,520
  • In PA - 424

Major tributaries: Chenango River, Tioughnioga River, Unadilla River

Population (2010 Census)
  • Total - 489,800 (11.8% of basin pop.)
  • In NY - 461,950
  • In PA - 27,850

Major population centers: Binghamton, Cooperstown, Cortland, Oneonta, Norwich

Chemung Subbasin

The Chemung River is formed by the confluence of the Tioga River, flowing northward from Pennsylvania, and the Cohocton River, flowing southeast in New York. The Chemung joins the Susquehanna River at Sayre, Pennsylvania.

Drainage area (square miles)
  • Total - 2,595
  • In NY - 1,742
  • In PA - 853

Major tributaries: Tioga River, Cohocton River, Cowanesque River, Canisteo River

Population (2010 Census)
  • Total - 223,450 (5.4% of basin pop.)
  • In NY - 180,750
  • In PA - 42,700

Major population centers: Elmira, Corning, Hornell, Mansfield

Middle Susquehanna Subbasin

The Middle Susquehanna Subbasin captures the drainage area of the Susquehanna River beginning at the confluence with the Chemung River and flowing southeast. Midway, the Susquehanna River joins the Lackawanna River before turning and flowing southwest towards Sunbury, Pennsylvania.

Drainage area (square miles)
  • 3,771

Major tributaries: Lackawanna River, Tunkhannock Creek, Wyalusing Creek, Towanda Creek, Nescopeck Creek

Population (2010 Census)
  • 702,700 (16.9% of basin pop.)

Major population centers: Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Towanda, Sunbury

West Branch Susquehanna Subbasin

Originating in the low rolling hills of the Allegheny Mountains in Pennsylvania, the West Branch flows northeast towards Clearfield and then Renovo. At Renovo, the West Branch turns southeast until the confluence of Bald Eagle Creek, where it turns east towards Williamsport. Just downstream of Williamsport, the West Branch turns south to its confluence with the Susquehanna River near Sunbury.

Drainage area (square miles)
  • 6,978

Major tributaries: Loyalsock Creek, Sinnemahoning Creek, Clearfield Creek, Bald Eagle Creek, Pine Creek

Population (2010 Census)
  • 488,200 (11.8% of basin pop.)

Major population centers: Williamsport, Clearfield, State College, Renovo, Lock Haven, Lewisburg

Juniata Subbasin

The Juniata River, the second largest tributary to the Susquehanna River, is formed by the confluence of the Little Juniata River and the Frankstown Branch Juniata River. It begins by flowing southeast towards the confluence of the Raystown Branch Juniata River and then on towards Mount Union. There it turns northeast to Lewistown where it once again turns southeast to eventually meet the Susquehanna River at Duncannon.

Drainage area (square miles)
  • 3,404

Major tributaries: Raystown Branch, Frankstown Branch, Little Juniata River, Aughwick Creek

Population (2010 Census)
  • 315,350 (7.6% of basin pop.)

Major population centers: Altoona, Bedford, Lewistown, Huntingdon, Mount Union

Lower Susquehanna Subbasin

The Lower Susquehanna Subbasin captures the drainage area of the Susquehanna River beginning at the confluence with the West Branch Susquehanna River and flowing south. Midway, the Susquehanna River joins the Juniata River before reaching Harrisburg. There it turns southeast and ultimately flows into the Chesapeake Bay at Havre de Grace, Maryland.

Drainage area (square miles)
  • Total - 5,809
  • In MD - 280
  • In PA - 5,529

Major tributaries: Conestoga River, Swatara Creek, Conodoguinet Creek, West Conewago Creek, Penns Creek

Population (2010 Census)
  • Total - 1,934,250 (46.6% of basin pop.)
  • In MD - 60,000
  • In PA - 1,874,300

Major population centers: Harrisburg, Lancaster, York, Havre de Grace, Lebanon, Carlisle