I think the fact that we live next to one of the greatest rivers in the country is an honor. Yes, I'm referring to the Susquehanna River. It stretches, or should I say winds, from Cooperstown at the south end of Otsego Lake all the way to the beginning of the Chesapeake Bay at Havre de Grace, Maryland.

That's approximately 444 miles of river flowing through three states - New York State, Pennsylvania and Maryland. It travels through major cities such as Binghamton in New York and Wilkes-Barre, Williamsport (West Branch) and Harrisburg Pennsylvania. The West Branch of the Susquehanna River meets up with the main branch at Northumberland and Sunbury Pennsylvania, just north of the Shamokin Dam.

It's a great river for fishing and taking a ride on a canoe, kayak or motorboat. Visit Central PA notes that the Susquehanna River is the longest river on the east coast of the United States and is the 16th longest river in the country.

The Susquehanna River has many islands along the way. Wikipedia lists eleven named islands in New York State, all in the Southern Tier including Berkalew, Hiawatha, Crocker and Squaw Islands among others, and four named islands in Pennsylvania including City Island in Harrisburg which has a baseball stadium, home to the AA baseball Harrisburg Senators.

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And did you know there is a replica of the Statue of Liberty in the Susquehanna River? It's located in the Dauphin Narrows just north of Harrisburg. According to Atlas Obscura, the current replica is a replacement from the original which was destroyed in 1992. The current statue stands at 25 feet on top of an old railway piling.

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The Susquehanna River has had its not so good moment in the spotlight in the past according to Wikipedia with Environmental threats from the Three Mile Island incident in 1979, and excessive pollution that gave the river the name of  'America's most endangered river for 2005, from American Rivers, an environmental group.

via Visit Central PA, Wikipedia Susquehanna River, Wikipedia Susquehanna River Islands, Atlas Obscura

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