The river rises in two branches, the West and East branches, along the boundary between Susquehanna and Wayne counties. The branches, each approximately 10 mi (16 km) long, flow south, closely parallel to each other and join at the Stillwater Lake reservoir. The combined river flows southwest past Forest City, Carbondale, Scranton, and Old Forge. It joins the Susquehanna approximately 8 mi (13 km) WSW of Scranton.
By the middle 20th century, the river was severely polluted from mine drainages in its watershed. The decline of industry in the region, as well as federal, state, and private efforts, have led to an improvement in the water quality. The upper reaches of the river are a popular destination for fly fishing for trout. It was designated as one of the American Heritage Rivers in 1997.
U.S., Pennsylvania and Scranton, Pa., Sewer Authority Settle Violations of Sewage Overflows Settlement Establishes Control Plan to Protect Lackawanna River
Dec 13, 2012; WASHINGTON -- The following information was released by the U.S. Department of Justice: The United States and the Commonwealth of...