Catoctin Creek, Maryland, US
US 40 to Potomac River
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Ed Evangelidi testifies: Gertler has this same trip at roughly 25 miles. There is a gauge at Rte.
17 and the dam there and riffles below should have sufficient water to considering putting in
there. Should be cleanly runnable without scraping to consider putting on further upstream. The
park service is considering discontinuing access to the Potomac River takeout at Lander, but it is
still open at this time.
access points from John Duke
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Mile 0.0--Rt. 40 bridge:not recommended,use the park on river right just downstream
Mile 1.3--Brethern Church road: room for 3 or 4 cars with a gravy put-in,this is a low-water bridge
and must be carried
mile 3.7--Rt. 17 bridge just south of myersville: not recommender,very little parking and farm
fences on all sides.
Mile 6.7--Station road bridge:not recommended
Mile 6.8 to 7.1--Shank road follows on river right with nice access pull-offs.
Mile 9.8--Alt. Rt. 40 bridge: not recommended
mile 11.3 -- bidle road bridge: Not recommended
Mile 12.3--Rt. 17 bridge just south of middletown: excellent access just downstream of the bridge
at the u.s.g.s. gauge
Mile 14.3--Bennies hill rd.:OK for a couple of cars
Mile 16.o--Shumantown road bridge:Park property on downstream river left with OK parking
Mile 18.7--Poffenberger road bridges and follows the creek for 1/2 mile but is posted!
Mile 20.8--Rt. 383 bridge:not recommended
Mile 22.4--Rt.80 bridge: nice parking on downstream left
Mile 24.7--Rt.464 bridge:Ausherman road hangs an upstream river right with decent access
Mile 28.4--Confluence with the MIGHTY Potomac river
Mile 28.8--C&O canal at Lander:Excellent boat ramp on the Potomac
to locate access points see maps below.
Gambrill state park
Both parks are conveniently located off Rt.40.One to the east of the creek and one to the west
Suggested river trips and descriptions
#1 Myersville park to Shank Road---6.8 miles
This section contains the best and worst! At mile 2 the sounds of I-70,The sights of
developments,and the smell of french fries deter you from this otherwise attractive stream.But
don't worry below below the rt.17 bridge this stream enters the"TEENIE WEENIE GORGE" with much
better scenery and nice class 2- rapids on down to Shank road!
The low-water bridge at Brethern church is a mandatory portage!
there is also one tree carry above Brethern church road
#2 Shank road to rt.17 below middletown--5.5 miles
#3 Rt.17 to Rt.80--10 miles
#4 Rt.80 to Lander on the mighty Potomac--6.4 miles
Sections 2-4 are not quite as lively as section 1 but are still a nice way to spend a nice day on
relatively unspoiled stream..In the fall of 2002 there were no mandatory tree carries but there
were quite a few trees and brush to manuever around! Also there are many Beaver dams all with
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Last Updated: 2003-03-30 13:27:04