Brandywine Creek, W. Branch - 3. Mortonville to Lenape

Brandywine Creek, W. Branch, Pennsylvania, US


3. Mortonville to Lenape

Usual Difficulty I (for normal flows)
Length 12 Miles
Avg. Gradient 7 fpm
Max Gradient 7 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Brandywine Creek at Chadds Ford, PA
usgs-01481000 200 - 1850 cfs I 04h35m 670 cfs (running)

River Description

Calm pretty stretch of the Brandywine
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2001-07-12 05:14:41

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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June 15 2009 (3503 days ago)
x (1)
There was a double fatal on the brandywine west branch in West Chester on 6/9/09. Both brothers had
been warned to get out of the rain swollen raging river due to the lowhead dam that was just feet
in front of them. They stated they knew what they were doing and went over the lowhead anyways, got
caught in the boil and perished before rescue crews could get to them. A warning about this dam
need to be posted as they aren't the first to have lost their lives to this particular dam ( its at
the brandywine picnic park in West Chester, pa ) but the main concern is NOT GOING OVER THE DAM and
heeding warnings from the park rangers. Even the most experienced kyakers in this area will NOT go
over this dam due to the dangers. They say that even if the water level is low, and the river is
calm, that you'd break your back going over the dam and thats at the least.
June 15 2009 (3503 days ago)
x (1)
Lowhead dam at the picnic park. get out of the water and walk down the path and re-enter.