Gunpowder Falls - 3 - Falls Road to Phoenix


Gunpowder Falls, Maryland, US

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3 - Falls Road to Phoenix

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 15 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 NEAR PARKTON, MD
usgs-01581920 88 - 1000 cfs I-II 01h49m 28.1 cfs (too low)


River Description

Tom Resch shared:

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 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 York Road Bunker Hill access to the Gunpowder is changing. They have cleared an area uphill from the river and old parking lot. This will become a new parking lot while the old lot by the brige abutment will become a no parking area used for dropping off and picking up. During the construction phase access from York road is severely restricted and may even be closed. Not sure what their plans for the north side access area of Bunker Hill are.


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Last Updated: 2017-06-06 21:10:55

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User Comments

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March 22 2014 (1249 days ago)
jbobarker (156271)
Not Runnable !!!!!!! STRAINER GALOR ! GO SOME WHERE ELSE !
June 9 2013 (1535 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 (2305 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 (2990 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 (3000 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 (4143 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 (4847 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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