Catoctin Creek - US 40 to Potomac River


Catoctin Creek, Maryland, US

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US 40 to Potomac River

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 28.8 Miles
Avg. Gradient 12 fpm

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Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
CATOCTIN CREEK NEAR MIDDLETOWN, MD
usgs-01637500 2.20 - 10.00 ft I-II 01h54m 1.97 ft (too low)


River Description

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
any questionse mail me!
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.
Camping areas
Gambrill state park
Greenbrier 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 passage..
StreamTeam Status: Verified
Last Updated: 2003-03-30 13:27:04

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Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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March 21 2010 (2596 days ago)
Michael W. WellmanDetails
Not to mention that there was an electric fence wire across the entire creek! Downstream of the
Alt. US 40 bridge and just upstream of the water treatment plant (and the Bidle Road bridge). At
least I *think* that's where it was...
March 21 2010 (2596 days ago)
Michael W. WellmanDetails
As of Saturday, March 20, 2010, at ~2.54 on the Middletown gauge, there were 4 river wide strainers
between Brethren Church and the USGS gauge takeout. At this level, 2 were successfully navigated,
one required a real portage, and one required exiting then lifting boats over the strainer.
Obviously changes in flows may change this. If you're using Google maps, the Brethren Church Road
access point is essentially at "3400 Brethren Church Road, Myersville, MD". And the USGS gauge
access point is essentially at "7200 Burkittsville Road, Middletown, MD".
November 20 2006 (3813 days ago)
Edward E. Sauble, Jr.Details
Ran the Brethern Church Rd. to Shank Rd. section on 11/19/06 with Chris Williams and Lee Plate.
Slightly scrapey at 2.32 on guage. 2 river wide strainers, one 1 mile above take out that is barely
passable on left anthe other immediately past Shank Rd intersection that is NOT passable. Good
trip!!!
November 20 2006 (3813 days ago)
Edward E. Sauble, Jr.Details
Ran the Brethern Church Rd. to Shank Rd. section on 11/19/06 with Chris Williams and Lee Plate.
Slightly scrapey at 2.32 on guage. 2 river wide strainers, one, 1 mile above take out that is
barely passable on left and the other immediately past Shank Rd intersection that is NOT passable.
Good trip!!!
April 7 2005 (4404 days ago)
Pam KingDetails
Also, it is Sumantown Road, not Shumantown Road :)
June 15 2003 (5066 days ago)
Bill EarlDetails
It's not "Rte 80", its "Rte 180".


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