Gunpowder Falls - 4 - Lower Loch Raven Dam to Route 1

Gunpowder Falls, Maryland, US


4 - Lower Loch Raven Dam to Route 1

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 7 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Gunpowder Falls Middle
virtual-230946 280 - 2500 cfs I-II 00h22m ~ 183.89 cfs (too low)

River Description

Because the City has prohibited access to city property at Loch Raven Dam and for about a mile downstream, the usual put-in is on Notchcliff Rd., off of Harford Road in Glen Arm, MD.  Assuming there's water (i.e. water coming over Loch Raven Dam:  See: for more information about water levels on the Lower and Middle Gunpowder), the section of the Gunpowder that parallel's Notchcliff Rd is a good training run with a number of opportunities to teach eddy turns/peel outs and boat control.  At Harford Rd., there is an easy class II- rapid for new paddlers to try.  From Harford Rd to US 1 (Belair Rd), the river is mostly Class I moving water with a few easy gravel bar rapids.  Beware of strainers at the US 1 (Belair Rd.) bridge.  There are five tubes under the road, one or more of which is usually blocked with strainers (the rightmost one is usually clear).  Stay away from any tube blocked by strainers -- there was a death here a few years ago due to this problem.  If you can safely navigage to an unblocked tube, the take-out for this section is immediately downstream from this bridge.  If you lack boat control or otherwise are uncomfortable getting to a clear tube, take-out above this bridge and carry your boat down the pedestrian tunnel under the road to the parking area.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2017-09-25 20:11:40


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