Muddy Creek - Cranesville Swamp Nature Preserve (Lake Ford Road) to Youghiogheny River


Muddy Creek, Maryland, US

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Cranesville Swamp Nature Preserve (Lake Ford Road) to Youghiogheny River

Usual Difficulty I-III(V) (for normal flows)
Length 6 Miles
Avg. Gradient 67 fpm
Max Gradient 150 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
CHERRY CREEK AT STATE PARK ROAD NEAR MCHENRY, MD
usgs-03075905 100 - 1000 cfs I-III(V) 100d21h53m 18 cfs (too low)


River Description

Be sure to scout the takeout before you run this thang. You don't want to get washed over Muddy Creek Falls, the highest waterfall in the state of Maryland.
Lat/longitude coordinates are a SWAG, from TopoZone.

Other related or nearby streams:
Lower Yough (Class III)
Bear Creek (Class IV)
Deep Creek (Class IV-V)
Top Yough (Class IV-V)
Upper Yough (Class IV-V)
Middle Yough (Class II)


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2009-03-19 12:59:59

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments


2005-04-09 23:29:01 (3391 days ago)
Erik AmasonDetails
The best part of this run is just below the falls. Some nice little slide action into the Top
Yough. Cool thing to do if you are stoppin by on a higher Top Yough run. Not really worth much
above the top of Muddy Creek Falls. Pretty benine class II maybe III creekin bougy. The lower
slides are a little class five action though; because of a few nasty undercuts and seives with all
its good gradient down to the Yough. Drops about 50 feet from the base of the falls to the Yough in
about 60 yards.
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