The Upper Perkiomen Creek Watershed
Perkiomen Creek, the West Branch Perkiomen Creek and Swamp Creek make up the Upper Perkiomen Creek Watershed, all of these streams have their headwaters on The Reading Prong (South Mountain). The entire upper watershed covers 33 square miles. Other smaller tributaries also rise on the flanks of the Reading Prong.
In 1995 PTVU began an aggressive program of riparian habitat restoration and stream buffering. The first project was on the farm of Keith Macemore in Hereford Township Berks County on a small tributary of Perkiomen Creek now known as Packwachen Run. The project called for fence the stream of from cattle and installing three cattle crossings. Completed in 1996 this project led to 7 other projects. The latest project on the West Branch Perkiomen Creek is slated for completion this year.
Perkiomen Creek rises near the village of Hereford BErks County and flows south from the slopes of the Reading Prong toward Green Lane Reservoir8 miles away. The upper 5.4 miles of Perkiomen Creek are listed as Wild Brown Trout Water by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC). The entire length of the creek holds wild trout for approximately 10 months of the year. The West Branch Perkiomen Creek rises further west of the main branch in District Township and flows for 9 miles to Green Lane Reservoir.
About 10 miles of the West Branch are listed as Wild Brown Trout Water by PFBC. Trout are found down to the mouth at Green Lane Reservoir. Swamp Creek flows off the flanks of the Reading Prong west of the West Branch and also has wild trout from the headwaters downstream, ending just south of route 100. Many other tributaries also hold wild trout and have excellent water quality like the main branches of the creek. The largest tributary to Perkiomen Creek, Hosensack Creek, has a wild brown trout population from the headwaters to the mouth at route 29. Nearly all of the watershed is owned privately and in the fifteen years the chapter has been working with landowners on improving there creekside habitat we've forged great relationships with them. Be respectful of landowners, and always ask permission to fish.