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The Susquehanna River and Northern Bay
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Nearly 450 miles above the Bay, the Susquehanna River is a minor stream trickling out of a modest lake. But the river gathers force as it moves through New York and Pennsylvania amid landscapes constantly shifting from mountainous to rural to industrial. When the Susquehanna flows into the Chesapeake at Havre de Grace, it does so at an average rate of 19 million gallons a minute, supplying about half of the fresh water in the Bay.

Historically, the Northern Bay area around the mouth of the Susquehanna has been an important transportation corridor. Today, with both Interstate 95 and the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, the region continues to link the Bay with commerce and tourism from the Northeastern states.

Gateways allow you to experience this region along a developing network of user-friendly water trails that stretch from one end of the Susquehanna system to the other. A cluster of Gateways along the top of the Bay includes both scenic state parks and fascinating cultural attractions.

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Concord Point Lighthouse - Havre de Grace, MD
Concord Point lighthouse, constructed in 1827, sits adjacent to the Susquehanna River and protected the large volume of commercial river traffic from the shoals and currents of the Susquehanna Flats. The light is the oldest continuously operated lighthouse in the State of Maryland.Today, the site also affords unparalle...More info

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