Bear Creek - U.S. 219 to Youghiogheny River at Friendsville

Bear Creek, Maryland, US


U.S. 219 to Youghiogheny River at Friendsville

Usual Difficulty IV (for normal flows)
Length 7 Miles
Avg. Gradient 84 fpm
Max Gradient 100 fpm

John sliding down Bear Creek

John sliding down Bear Creek
Photo of John G by Art Barket @ 240 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03076600 240 - 2000 cfs IV 63h01m 23.9 cfs (too low)

River Description

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.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2013-12-04 16:58:28


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