Octoraro Creek - Octoraro Lake to New Bridge Rd, MD

Octoraro Creek, Pennsylvania, US


Octoraro Lake to New Bridge Rd, MD (Upper Octoraro)

Usual Difficulty I (for normal flows)
Length 15 Miles
Avg. Gradient 9 fpm
Max Gradient 9 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Octoraro Creek near Richardsmere, MD
usgs-01578475 340 - 4000 cfs I 00h32m 371 cfs (running)
Brandywine Creek at Chadds Ford, PA
usgs-01481000 2.40 - 9.00 ft I 00h47m 2.86 ft (running)
usgs-01580000 2.40 - 10.00 ft I 01h02m 2.83 ft (running)

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.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2017-06-29 20:04:44


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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June 20 2018 (177 days ago)
eldpeppler (160075)
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!

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