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is a 21.9 miles (35.2 km) tributary
A tributary or affluent is a stream or river that flows into a main stem river or a lake. A tributary does not flow directly into a sea or ocean...
of the Delaware River
The Delaware River is a major river on the Atlantic coast of the United States.A Dutch expedition led by Henry Hudson in 1609 first mapped the river. The river was christened the South River in the New Netherland colony that followed, in contrast to the North River, as the Hudson River was then...
in the Poconos
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of eastern Pennsylvania
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in the United States
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. It is formed by the union of Middle and Levitt branches in Barrett Township in Monroe County
-National protected areas:* Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area * Middle Delaware National Scenic River -Demographics:As of the census of 2010, there are 176,567 people, 49,454 households, and 36,447 families residing in the county. The population density was 228 people per square mile...
. The native name was "Analomink". The present name was given for Daniel Brodhead
From Kingston, New York, Daniel Brodhead III was the first person of European descent to permanently settle the area of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. In 1737, Brodhead received a warrant of 600 acres in Bucks County From Kingston, New York, Daniel Brodhead III was the first person of European descent...
, a prominent early settler. It receives McMichael Creek as it flows south and east into the Delaware River. At one time it was called Smithfield Creek after receiving McMichael Creek.
Brodhead Creek joins the Delaware River at the head of the Delaware Water Gap
The Delaware Water Gap is on the border of New Jersey and Pennsylvania where the Delaware River cuts through a large ridge of the Appalachian Mountains...
The stream flows south, separating the boroughs of Stroudsburg and East Stroudsburg. It covers a basin of 294 sq mi and its maximum cfs was 68,800, in 1955.