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Gunpowder Falls - 3 - Masemore Road to Monkton Road


Gunpowder Falls, Maryland, US

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3 - Masemore Road to Monkton Road

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 7.5 Miles

Gunpowder @ York Road (MD-45)


Gunpowder @ York Road (MD-45)
Photo by [ c h r i s d o y l e ] taken 05/23/08 @ 2.15ft

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Gunpowder Falls Parkton/Glenco Average
virtual-250389 97 - 1175 cfs I-II 01h53m 398 cfs (running)
GUNPOWDER FALLS NEAR PARKTON, MD
usgs-01581920 88 - 900 cfs I-II 02h06m 177 cfs (running)
Upper Level not clear. Help would be appreciated.
GUNPOWDER FALLS AT GLENCOE, MD
usgs-01582500 105 - 1100 cfs I-II 01h51m 619 cfs (running)


River Description

Tom Resch shared:

Paddled from Masemore Road to Blue Mount Road on May 10, 2004. Level was right around 2' (~100-120 cfs). Lots of dead wood down but everything was passable. Thanks to the kind soul or souls who cleared paths through the strainers that previously had to be portaged. For those who have never paddled this stretch, it's a very scenic PN run...most of your trouble will come from the dead wood but anyone with good boat control should have no problems. Quarry Rapid, at the end of the run, will delight the novice paddler.

 

Buddy H posted, on the Monocacy Canoe Club Message Board:
The Bunker Hill Road access to the Gunpowder has been changed by the MD DNR. They have cleared an area uphill from the river and old parking lot. This is the parking lot to leave cars, while the old lot by the bridge abutment will become a no parking area used for dropping off and picking up. Nothing has changed on the North side of Bunker Hill Road.

Ed Evangelidi testifies:

No question that the short whitewater stretch [Below Prettyboy to Falls Rd.] is also the prettiest part of the run. However, on a hot summer day, it is hard to beat the rest of the run [running down to Big Falls, Blue Mont or Monkton Rds.]. It takes less water to negotiate the shallow spots here and it is in a pretty state park from Falls Road to Big Falls Road. Then comes a stretch through an active quarry with man made Class 2 rapids and finally a very long stretch of fairly easy water but with bikers whizzing by on a nearby bike path and floating tuber congestion in season. The confluence of the creek and Little Falls has a great swimming hole on river left where the cold Gunpowder water mixes with the warmer tributary.

There are a couple of access points on this run.  Starting from the top (Access - river miles) they are:  Masemore Road - 0.0, Bunker Hill Road - 1.3, York Road - 2.1, Big Falls Road - 4.4, Blue Mont Road - 5.2, Monkton Road - 7.5.  This river length was created to indicate a stretch where the river level is best described as an average of the Parkton and Glencoe gauges, not necessarily what might be a usual run.  A usual run might be from Masemore Road to Blue Mount Road (a total of 5.2 miles) or Monkton Road (a total of 7.5 miles).  Summer Parking can be an issue at both the Blue Mount and Monkton accesses so it's wise to get there early.  Big Falls Road access has plenty of roadside parking, and Quarry Rapid (II-) -- the run's only rapid is immediately downstream from the Big Falls Road access.

 


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Last Updated: 2018-07-13 19:33:50

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User Comments

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July 31 2018 (21 days ago)
Kevin ColburnDetails
Submitted by a paddler (not me): We kayaked this river on Saturday July 27th 2018. We came upon
five or six strainers. There were three that were impassable. The others were passable. We had to
help a family get out of trouble when their8 inflatable kayak was tangled up in a large tree. It
was dangerous conditions for novice kayakers & canoers. The river was very high.
June 9 2013 (1899 days ago)
mattridgely (155532)
Just ran from Falls Rd. down to Blue Mount Rd. and it was a "relatively" smooth run at 2.15 on the
gauge. There were a bunch of strainers (prob 10-12) that covered most of the river. All but one
were passable but usually required pretty precise paddling (had about 2 boat widths of space). It
was a little scrapey at points but overall the level was passable. There was a little bit more
'fun' right by the Falls Rd bridge and the waves down by the quarry were a welcome sight after
mostly flat water and some class I stuff throughout. It was worth the 2 Hrs at 2.15. Still think
that 3 is the ideal for this stretch.
May 1 2011 (2669 days ago)
walrajr1 (153038)
ran from the dam down to blue mount rd. saturday. level was 2.5 ft. the gorge was running nice at
this level, and a couple of spots were surfable with my 10ft. pyranha fusion. no strainers in the
gorge to speak of. there were a total of 4 river wide strainers down to blue mount but only one we
had to portage. i've never run from york rd. down to blue mount before today, but found it to be a
pretty fun run. there was a very unexpected long wave train at the "Blue Mt Quarry Patuxent". it
was about 100 ft long, and about .5 mile from the end at blue mount rd. even the flat water
sections on the run as a hole had moving water. 3ft would make this total run a bit more fun, but
some strainers that we could go under at 2.5 ft., would have to be portaged at 3ft, and others
would be easier to go over.
June 15 2009 (3354 days ago)
x (1)
Put in at Blue Mount Rd and took out downstream of Monkton at Lower Glencoe rd. Several new trees
across the creek. One shortly after the put in above Monkton and 3-4 more downstream of Monkton. I
think we had to portage around 4 of them. Nice trip though. Took about 2.5 hours with a 7 yr old.
Level was 2.08.
June 5 2009 (3364 days ago)
x (1)
Jason Walker Paddled from Bluemont road to Monkton on Saturday June 6th. Level was about 1.91'.
Went out with a friend and my 7 year old son. He really likes this run mostly for the ice cream at
the end of the line in Monkton. As other posts warn, deadwood is something to be aware of. There
were a couple of potential strainers along the way but even my son was able to steer clear with
ease.
April 19 2006 (4507 days ago)
Edward E. Sauble, Jr.Details
Paddled 4/15/06 Cleared most major strainers but there are some narrow channels around other wood.
Need to be moderately cautious. At 1st rapid (90 degree bend) there is a stump in the middle of the
rapid, narrow passage on right, better to stay left if possible
May 15 2004 (5211 days ago)
tom reschDetails
Paddled from Masemore Road to Blue Mount Road on May 10, 2004. Level was right around 2'. Lots of
dead wood down but everything was passable. Thanks to the kind soul or souls who cleared paths
through the strainers that previoulsy had to be portaged. For those who have never paddled this
strech its a very scenic PN run...most of your trouble will come from the dead wood but anyone with
good boat control should have no problems. Quarry Rapid at the end of the run will delight the
novice paddler.


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