Middle Creek (Catoctin Creek trib.) - Wolfsville to Myersville

Middle Creek (Catoctin Creek trib.), Maryland, US


Wolfsville to Myersville (Upper Catoctin creek)

Usual Difficulty II-III(V) (for normal flows)
Length 6.3 Miles
Avg. Gradient 56 fpm
Max Gradient 105 fpm

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Little Surprise

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-01637500 2.80 - 6.60 ft II-III(V) 00h37m 2.77 ft (too low)

River Description

access points
Mile 0.0-----You can put-in right at the rt.17 bridge or just upstream along spruce run rd.note:</>Only the very experienced should attempt the first 2 miles!
Mile 2.0----river gauge on downstream left bridge abutment(rt.17)
mile 2.3--Grossnickle church may be used to take-out for the canyon or put-in for the lower 50+ f.p.m. section.
Mile 5.0--Take-out on bidle rd at the rt.17 bridge.note:there are fences and a low-water bridge below this point.
Mile6.0--take-out just upstream of rt.40 along rt.17
Mile 6.3--Middle creek becomes Catoctin creek,where a small stream enters on the right..
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-07-27 01:04:53


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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July 26 2018 (180 days ago)
Frederic DalauroDetails
A good take out for this stretch is Doubs Meadow Park in Myersville. No need to continue further to
Bretheren Church Road and Catoctin Creek as some of the guidebooks suggest -you wont miss any
whitewater and the carry off is easier.
February 9 2009 (3633 days ago)
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SBC. its meltin in west .m.d
June 16 2008 (3872 days ago)
John DukeDetails
see link below for a video of the lower class 2-3 section.........
February 2 2008 (4007 days ago)
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Robert Farmer---When we did this, we took out at the bridge near Highland School Road, to
cherry-pick the best (i.e. hardest) section. The class 2-3 sections referred to earlier are
most-likely downstream of this bridge. Upstream of the bridge are some surprisingly righteous
rapids! This was the last of our trilogy, having done Hunting Creek and Owens Creek earlier in the
day---a brilliant day, for sure!
March 2 2007 (4343 days ago)
Robert FarmerDetails
March 2, 2007 This creek is not for Class 3 paddlers--at least not the upstream part. There is a
Class 4-5 drop upstream of the Spruce Run confluence near the road, which my two competent partners
portaged, and where I flipped (there was a small tree in the way). Below this were three more Class
4-5 rapids that needed scouting, with constant action in between. The gauge was at around 4.3. This
run was better than expected!!! Fun, but rocky and challenging. Oh, and two low-water bridges; one
was a mandatory portage.
June 16 2004 (5332 days ago)
Kevin WilliamsDetails
This is a fun little creek but IMO the rating is a bit off- it's not that technically demanding
(hence the II-III rating) but wood is a serious problem and eddies can be small and difficult to
catch (which they would be for a class II-III paddler) Two of the drops are soild class IV rapids
and both are pretty junky leaving the impression that they are largely made of wood. Have fun but
be very aware of following distances and the location of eddies. Hit Hunting creek if it's running
since it's only 10 minutes away.