Marsh Creek - Old US Route 15 to Horner Road

Marsh Creek, Pennsylvania, US


Old US Route 15 to Horner Road

Usual Difficulty II-III (for normal flows)
Length 3.8 Miles

Left Dam on Marsh Creek

Left Dam on Marsh Creek
Photo of A lowhead dam by Steve Revier (Monocacy Canoe Club)

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-01639000 400 - 5000 cfs II-III 01h47m ~ 1800 cfs (running)
Upper end unknown. Add a comment about flows and runnability/difficulty.

River Description

Ed Evangelidi shared:

This is a solid intermediate-level stream. Not only do the rapids require some skill but the durn dams require considerable attention. All are runnable but with a significant amount of attention to hydraulics or other problems. One small dam early on is very retentive. The suggested put-in is at a small campground on Business 15, where a small fee is charged. The Monocacy gauge at Bridgeport is a much better gauge but I do not have a correlation yet.

For more information, see Keystone Canoeing by Gertler, E.
There's a lowhead dam just near the campground. "Give it some respect," says Bernie Farmer of the Monocacy Canoe Club.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2004-08-20 11:38:15

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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June 4 2012 (2239 days ago)
AlfCooley (147598)
Use Bridgeport gauge (MD) just downstream - 400 cfs is your zero. [Jug Bridge, 35 miles further
downstream and with over 10x the streamflow - gives late and imperfect info.] After Rte 15 comes
Harper Hill, a 3-part Cl. III large-boulder rapid - followed by a long pool and then a 2-part Cl.
II+ rapid. Next, Natural Dam - ca 3-ft high (on the right) can be run (on the right). - Alf Cooley

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