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Difficulty I-II
Length 12.6 Miles
Flow Range 130 - 5000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 30 minutes ago 59.7 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 05/02/2005 8:47 pm

River Description

Pretty pastoral stream, the most scenic part of which runs through the Fair Hill Natural Resource Area, which is an old duPont family fox hunting estate. Here's a tidbit for you Oprah fans-the movie Beloved was filmed at Fair Hill, and the set, which is a grouping of historic farm structures, is still there. It's worth checking out, especially since there is a nasty partially washed out low water bridge located nearby, followed by a completely washed out bridge that gathers strainers, followed by a harmless but pretty covered bridge. This low water bridge is the only serious hazard I'm aware of on this stream, and it should be scouted before running this section at high water.

From Ed Gertler:
Though I posted the following on the board, it occurred to me that I should have just sent it straight to you. So here it is. Glad to know someone else enjoys this lovely creek (great for crosscountry skiing also).

In reply to your request for opinions on the Big Elk gauge at Elk Mills, I most recently ran from PA Rte. 841 to Elkton a few weeks ago on extraordinarily slowly dropping (read that stable) levels, the flow that day being 140 down to 110 cfs. I found the creek bumpy in a few spots, but otherwise the level was adequate for me, a light guy in a voluminous C-1. I intend to call 130 cfs minimum whenever I next revise MD& DEL Canoe Trails. If you want to do the upper creek (from Elkdale, starting on the E. Br.) you probably want about 450 cfs at the gauge. This is based on the historical record of the AVERAGE flow that day. Keep in mind that it is nearly 15 miles from the upper put-in to the gauge which, on a normally flashy stream such as this, makes a gauge reading an approximation at best. Hope this helps you out.

Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

New online gauge, but with no corresponding data. Please add comments in the comments section at the bottom of the page reporting your runs.

The minimum flow is a guess based on pics of the put in and gauge station.

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Matt Muir


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