Little Seneca Creek - Boyds to Darnestown

Little Seneca Creek, Maryland, US


Boyds to Darnestown

Usual Difficulty II(III) (for normal flows)
Length 5.2 Miles
Avg. Gradient 17 fpm
Max Gradient 40 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-01645000 400 - 5000 cfs II(III) 00h26m 156 cfs (too low)

River Description

The first 1.6 miles from Boyds (Md. Rte 117) down to Hoyles Mill Road is class I. In the 1.7 miles from Hoyles Mill Road to Schaeffer Road, there are first a pair of class II rock gardens, about a half mile of flat water, then another class II followed by a class III-. The final 1.9 miles below Schaeffer Road is pretty flat. Expect about 1 strainer/mile. The scenery is nice, with almost no signs of civilization, and lots of wildlife (deer, birds, beavers).
What makes this stream particularly accessible is that during droughts there are releases from the Little Seneca Reservoir, intended to support the flow on the lower Potomac. In August 2002, the release was around 80 cfs, which was just enough to make everything runnable (and the rapids quite technical, but not pushy). The cool water is a delight on hot summer days, and the light mist hanging over the creek is alluring.
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2013-06-02 02:32:18


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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June 1 2013 (2021 days ago)
Colin AbernethyDetails
Put in and take-out have been changed in location/maps to reflect true put-in and take-out per
earlier comment.
April 22 2012 (2427 days ago)
ant1h3ro (154332)
Not sure who did the put-in and take-out for the map, but it's no where near Little Seneca. The put
in is just off of 117 or if you wanna skip the slow flat water, it's off of Hoyles Mill Rd. The
take out will then be off of Schaeffer Rd (unless you plan on going farther). If you're unsure of
where any of this is, google Little Seneca creek in Boyds. You can easily figure out from there.

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