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:
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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
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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Leah Dawson in Quarry Rapid
Gunpowder @ York Road (MD-45)
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