Pleasant run through scenic countryside. Put in at the covered bridge just below the lake. The first 7 miles are the best part. The last 8 miles gets pretty flat and twisty as the Octoraro winds its way around an farm valley. The final takeout is also the putin for the Lower Octoraro, a more adventurous stream.
Twisting, turning, fast moving water through Amish country with plenty of obstructions to dodge. A friend and I (novices) ran this in a canoe with about 3.4ft on the gauge. We never bottomed out, even with how low we sit in the water. The upper Octoraro is a similar run to the Brandywine but has deeper and faster moving water with more obstacles. An upgrade to be sure. Two cautious portages were made past quick moving rapids that lead into potentially dangerous downed trees. These would likely be no issue for a kayaker though. We put in at the lake and got out early after 7 miles at Lee's Bridge on Sleepy Hollow Rd/Lees Bridge Rd with permission from the property owner. We can't wait to return and finish the entire thing!
Primary Gauge is Octoraro Creek at Richardsmere; Deer Creek at Rocks and Brandywine at Chadds ford are supporting gauges.
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This past fall American Whitewater met with Ohiopyle State Park managers to discuss possible updates to their whitewater paddling regulations. The first topic was to change the rules governing raft sizes at different water levels to recognize the capabilities of self-bailing rafts. Shorter self-bailing boats will now be allowed to run the river at high water. Some small changes to the regulations will make Ohiopyle Falls more accessible to paddlers. A change in the way the gauge is interpreted should make the falls "legal" on more days. Although whitewater paddlers are only one part of the vast public that visits the park, every effort was made to accommodate them while avoiding user conflicts and safety hazards. Special thanks goes to Ken Bisbee, Ohiopyle State Park Operations Manager and John Hallas, a former Ohiopyle State Park Operations Manager who is now Director of State Parks. Click here to read the updated Ohiopyle River Regulations:
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