Conowingo Creek - Oakwood to Susquehanna River

Conowingo Creek, Maryland, US


Oakwood to Susquehanna River

Usual Difficulty IV-V (for normal flows)
Length 2 Miles

Busted Dam

Busted Dam
Photo by Walt Shank taken 06/30/01 @ Unrunnable

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Octoraro Creek near Richardsmere, MD
usgs-01578475 1000 - 5000 cfs IV-V 00h37m 4300 cfs (running)
Upper limit for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report.

River Description

The following description is courtesy of Walt Shank:

Conowingo Creek drops significantly over 2 miles before is empties into the Conowingo Reservoir on the lower Susquehanna River. It is a tight technical run, as you can probably gather from the low-water scout pics. The next time it has water in it, I will be down there with the camera to get some good pictures.

It takes a lot of rain to get this puppy up. We ran it on a Saturday morning at 9:00 after an 8” rainfall the night before and it was at minimal level. It had indeed been higher as the water line on the banks was much defined. Some guys told us they dropped by around 1:00 that day and could not run it. The point is, when it rains, get there quick! When the water is pouring over, I plan to get down there at the putin to paint that level on the bridge for future gauging.

There used to be a lot of rebar and big logs and strainers on this creek, but my buds and I cleaned most of them out. We cut ALL of the rebar that was sticking out of the concrete at the dam.

The dam is the first real drop on this run. From there it keeps dropping at a consistent rate.

Lat/longitude coords are approximate, from TopoZone.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2009-03-19 12:44:19

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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April 9 2012 (2477 days ago)
jtroiani (154185)
In December there was a strainer below the most significant rapid on this creek (about half way
through the run). It doesnt seem like it is going anywhere any time soon. Scout it and set safety
if you plan on running the best part of this creek. It is avoidable but could be fatal.
May 28 2007 (4255 days ago)
Robert FarmerDetails
In 2005, I ran this at about -0.75 on the gauge---the absolute minimum. The day before, the water
had been about 12 feet higher, and was washing large tree stumps across the road and the guard
railing. So it drops fast.