Watershed Profile: Lackawanna River near Forest City, PA

Watershed Overview
The Lackawanna River headwaters begin along the Susquehanna and Wayne County, PA line and it flows southwest through Lackawanna County, PA until joining the Susquehanna River north of Pittston, PA in eastern Luzerne County, PA. The monitoring station is located in the headwaters, north of Forest City, PA.
Drainage Characteristics
  • Drainage Area (square miles): 37.78
  • Total Stream Length (miles): 70.8
  • Average Annual Flow at Station (NHD) (cfs): 85.8
  • Population (2020): 1,026
Stream Classifications (Pennsylvania)
Designation Miles
Cold Water Fisheries 33.32
High-Quality Cold Water Fisheries 37.52
Total 70.84
  • Land Use
  • Description Percentage
    Water 2.76
    Developed Open Space 4.81
    Low Urban 1.30
    Medium Urban 0.29
    High Urban 0.03
    Barren 0.11
    Deciduous Forest 55.87
    Coniferous Forest 1.56
    Mixed Forest 6.80
    Shrub Scrub 1.22
    Grassland Herbaceous 0.36
    Pasture/Hay 16.54
    Cropland 0.07
    Wetlands 8.28
Underlying Geology
Rock Type Percentage
Sandstone 99.98
Inactive Station
The station is active but not currently transmitting data. Please contact SRBC for more information.
Natural Gas
  • Natural Gas Pads 0
  • Natural Gas Water Withdrawals 0
Public Water Supply Withdrawals
  • Groundwater 17
  • Surface Water 1
NPDES Discharges
Description Count
Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation 0
Mining/Quarry 0
Stormwater 0
Wastewater Treatment Plant/Sewage Treatment Plant 0
Other 1
Stream Impairments
Source Category Miles
Natural Sources Aquatic Life 4.30