Bear Creek, Maryland, US
|Usual Difficulty||IV (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||84 fpm|
|Max Gradient||100 fpm|
|BEAR CREEK AT FRIENDSVILLE, MD|
|usgs-03076600||240 - 2000 cfs||IV||02h09m||147 cfs (too low)|
Gertler, Ed; Maryland and Delaware Canoe Trails
This one is often run when the Upper Yough is too high. It's basically a roadside drainage ditch, with the resultant imperfect water quality and scenery, but it can be fast and continuous--a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours. When it's roaring along at 1000 cfs, it's Class V. And you'd best be lookin' for wood.
Directions: follow the road out of Friendsville. One good putin is at a roadside pulloff just upstream of a small bridge; but there are others. The takeout is at the confluence with the Yough, at the park in Friendsville.
Ed Evangelidi testifies:
First half of the run has easier whitewater (Class III) but often has more wood in the stream. With more water, the south branch is also runnable.