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Difficulty I
Length 15 Miles
Gauge Octoraro Creek near Richardsmere, MD
Flow Range 340 - 4000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 581 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 06/29/2017 8:04 pm

River Description

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.

Rapid Descriptions


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Eric Peppler
8 months ago

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!

Summary of Gauge Readings

Primary Gauge is Octoraro Creek at Richardsmere; Deer Creek at Rocks and Brandywine at Chadds ford are supporting gauges.

Gauge NameReadingTimeComment
Octoraro Creek near Richardsmere, MD
AW Gauge Info
581 cfs 01h07m
Brandywine Creek at Chadds Ford, PA
AW Gauge Info
3.98 ft 00h22m
AW Gauge Info
3.14 ft 00h37m

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Ohiopyle State Park Updates River Regulations

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