Antietam Creek, Maryland, US
2) Hwy.68 to Potomac River
||I-II (for normal flows)
Antietam CreekPhoto of Colleen Davies, under the careful tutelage of Jedi master, Oci-One Kanubi, making her first open-boat descent of the dam below Burnside Bridge by Brenda Dinne, Monocacy Canoe Club
STRAINER WARNING: As of January, 2004, boaters were reporting a logjam at the bridge directly
below Furnace Rapid, the last Class II drop before the confluence with the Potomac River. Scouting
is advised, but the logjam was reported to be passable on the far right and far left.
Antietam Creek is a great Class I-II run through beautiful natural scenery and the historic
Antietam civil war battlefield park.
located southeast of Hagerstown, MD.
Putin at bridge at the Rt. 68 bridge or on Beaver Creek just above confluence with Antietam
Takeout on the Potomac River at the C&O Canal camprgound located just upstream of the creek's
confluence with the river. Other takeouts are possible upstream.
An excellent website for the creek is maintained by Antietam
Creek Canoe Co.
This section is primarily characterized by Class I-II water with rapids created by dam ruins and
sharp, tight turns on this narrow creek. Spring-fed, it holds water longer than other small streams
in the area and is the last to freeze and first to thaw. Practiced novice boaters should be able to
handle the rapids but watch out for downed trees, which can pose serious hazards on this tree-lined
Landing at the historic Burnside Bridge at the Antietam battlefield is discouraged. Take out
downstream a bit to visit the battlefield site. Below the battlefield is an intact dam that
provides a two foot drop and bump. It is best run down the middle. Near the end of the run the
gradient picks up as you approach the Potomac River and frequent strainers increase the risk of the
final minutes of the trip.
The last rapid - Furnace Rapids - is a long Class II that can be scouted on the left. Immediately
below is a bridge where an old but now closed takeout point was located. Continue down the Potomac
River and paddle upstream to the takeout.
A good option for a shorter trip involves cutting off the bottom trip at Burnside Bridge in the
battlefield. An even shorter trip can start here. Some of the other bridge crossings have landowner
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Last Updated: 2004-08-01 03:52:42