Brandywine Creek - Lenape, PA to Thompson Bridge Road, DE

Brandywine Creek, Delaware, US/Pennsylvania, US


Lenape, PA to Thompson Bridge Road, DE

Usual Difficulty I (for normal flows)
Length 11 Miles
Avg. Gradient 4 fpm
Max Gradient 4 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Brandywine Creek at Chadds Ford, PA
usgs-01481000 2.25 - 4.30 ft I 00h48m 3.12 ft (running)

River Description

Novice run through beautiful unspoiled countryside
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-12-24 13:38:14

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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June 20 2018 (216 days ago)
eldpeppler (160075)
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.
October 7 2011 (2664 days ago)
dooley1 (152500)
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!
October 8 2010 (3028 days ago)
dooley1 (152500)
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.