Rahway River

The Rahway River is a tributary of the Arthur Kill in Essex, Middlesex and Union Counties, New Jersey in the United States.

Part of the extended area of New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary, draining part of the suburban and urbanized area of New Jersey west of Staten Island, New York, the river is approximately 24 mi (48 km) long. The upper reaches are lined with several urban parks while the mouth serves as an industrial access channel.

The river is the source of drinking water for the City of Rahway. Each Spring, the river is stocked with approximately 6,000 trout.

The river is also the source of the name for the Rahway Valley Railroad which has a bridge over it on the Springfield/Union border.


Rahway River

The Rahway River rises in Essex County as two separate branches.

  • The West Branch begins in West Orange and flows south through the South Mountain Reservation in the valley between Watchung Mountains No. 1 and No. 2. It runs directly through downtown Millburn.
  • The East Branch also begins in West Orange and forms part of the boundary between West Orange and Orange, then travels through the towns of South Orange and Maplewood.

The two branches meet at Hobart Gap near Interstate 78, continuing south through the Union County communities of Springfield, Union, Cranford and Clark. In Rahway the river receives the Robinson's Branch and South Branch, which are approximately 10 mi (16 km) long. The river's mouth is at Arthur Kill between Carteret (on the south) and Linden (on the north) and opposite Port Mobil on Staten Island.

See also

Rahway River
  • List of rivers of New Jersey


External links

  • Rahway River Association
  • Rahway River Greenway Project
  • U.S. Geological Survey: NJ stream gaging stations
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: Rahway River Flood Protection and Ecosystem Restoration Study
  • Photo and brief narrated history of river carnivals along the Rahway in Cranford
  • 40.5945°N 74.2064°W / 40.5945; -74.2064 â€" Mouth of the Rahway River

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