Conestoga River

The Conestoga River meanders for about sixty miles through the fertile farmlands of Lancaster County Pennsylvania until it empties into the Susquehanna. The Conestoga gets its name from a village of Susquehannock people that were living in the area in the 17th century. The name of their village was “Kanastoge” which means “place of the immersed pole”. The stream, and the valley through which it flowed, were called “Conestoga” by the English. For most of it’s history since that time the Conestoga was known as the Conestoga Creek. It has been officially designated a river since 1973.


“One of the most beautiful streams in the world flows quietly through the green meadows and along the sunny braes of Lancaster County for a distance of more than sixty miles in area, affording endless themes of beauty to the brush of the painter and the fancy of the poet.”
– Frank R. Diffenderfer