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.
Permits are not required for this reach.
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Paddlers on the Lehigh River below the Francis E. Walter Dam and Reservoir are concerned that a planned study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its partners, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection will lead to a reduction in whitewater boating opportunities on the Lehigh. The study will evaluate the feasibility of various alternatives to optimize project operation. Aside from the project's authorized primary missions of flood risk management and recreation, the study will also consider water supply and water quality, to identify possible improvements to the existing structure, infrastructure, and operations that will support current and future demands within the region. The Army Corps is holding a public meeting on January 9, 2020 at the Mountain Laurel Resort in White Haven, PA from 6-8 p.m. to explain the study and hear public comments. American Whitewater, Appalachian Mountain Club, and other organizations are expected to file comments with the Army Corps prior to the September 29th deadline in order to share our concerns about the study and potential impacts on boating, the outdoor recreation economy, and the Delaware RIver Basin. We encourage our members to attend the public meeting to voice their concerns.
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