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Difficulty I
Length 11 Miles
Gauge Brandywine Creek at Chadds Ford, PA
Flow Range 2.25 - 4.30 FT
Flow Rate as of: 23 minutes ago 2.87 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 06/20/2019 10:48 am

River Description

Novice run through beautiful unspoiled countryside

Rapid Descriptions


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Eric Peppler
1 year ago

Ran this a few times. Mostly flat water. I do not recommend running this below 2.3 ft. There is one mandatory portage at a very rocky waterfall, around halfway through the trip, which is most easily accomplished from the left. The depth varies widely, spanning from 10 ft to a couple inches in several spots, which are aggravating. There's a couple nice riffles and some rocks to dodge, but the slow moving water from the 4 fpm gradient makes these a non issue to anyone but a total beginner. The only real fast moving water is located at a bridge just upstream of the museum, with a huge rock (sleeper) on the immediate left which is pretty hard to dodge. The water right after it is very deep too. We learned the hard way our first trip! We like to put in at Shaw's Bridge Park. A bit south of this is the tempting Brandywine Picnic Park, which is a no go. The owners are super paranoid because a low head dam on their property caused several fatalities. It has since been completely removed. You can travel as far as Rockland Falls, where parking is available nearby on the left. Just make sure you don't go over the waterfall, which is around a level III.

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8 years ago

Paddled from Rt 926 (Street Rd. & Creek Rd.) to Thompson Bridge Rd. (approx 9 miles) on 10/6/2011. Water height approx 2.9 FT. Great run. No obstructions. Can't wait to do it again!

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9 years ago

10/8/10 - water level at 2.25 feet. We ran the entire run from Lenape to Thompson Bridge. Exhausting - - about 4+ hours at a pretty good pace. We are novice paddlers, but I would not want to do this run if the water level were any lower. We were scraping bottom several times. Two dams required portage. A few decent rapids. Beautiful and relaxing.

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Date Flow Result Factor  
2009-06-09 High Fatality High Water Read More
2008-07-22 Medium Fatality Other Read More



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Pennsylvania Dam Removal Conference to be Held January 31st.

Kevin Colburn

There will be a one day conference on January 31st in eastern Pennsylvania that will address dam removal and rehabilitation in the state and region. It is likely that this very affordable conference would be helpful to paddlers interested in working on dam removal projects in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. Registration for the conference is due by January 23rd.

Tony Allred Jr


Matt Muir


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1210760 12/24/18 Tony Allred Jr 12-24-2018 - added Delaware to states
1212977 06/20/19 Tony Allred Jr updated name
1193341 07/12/01 n/a n/a
1212978 06/20/19 Tony Allred Jr updated description