Brandywine Creek, Delaware, US
Thompson Bridge Road to Market Street
||III (for normal flows)
Brandywine Creek @ Brecks Mill
Brandywine Creek @ Brecks MillPhoto of Breck's Mill 13' by Bill Theilacker @ 13'
The Brandywine drops over the fall line on this very historic stretch. Unfortunately, the vibe is
spoiled by 12 dams, many of which need to be portaged.
Put in at the Brandywine State Park
on Rockland Rd. The first 1.5 miles are attractive flatwater with the Brandywine State Park on your
right and Woodlawn Conservancy property on your left.
As you approach Rockland, there is a jagged sloping dam which can be run. I'd say it's about a 5
foot drop. There used to be a polluted paper mill here that has been rehabilitated into condos. You
can also put in here.
After Rockland, you enter the Hagley Museum
property, birthplace of the Dupont company. An incredible display of 19th century hydropower
surrounds you, including dams, spillways, canals, the remains of gunpowder mills, and waterwheels
and turbines that are still operational. Unfortunately the Hagley people are pretty paranoid so
pull over in these beautiful surroundings at your own risk.
Continue into Wilmington and take out at Market St. downtown. About half of the dams on this
section are sloping and runnable, the rest are vertical and dangerous. Maryland and Delaware
, Ed Gertler can give you further information about this reach.
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