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Difficulty I-II(III)
Length 5.5 Miles
Flow Range 2.30 - 9.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 23 minutes ago 3 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 03/30/2018 3:03 pm

River Description

Photo: Tony Allred runs Deer Creek's only Class III rapid "Deer Creek Rapids @ Rocks", by Charles S. Hihn. Photo courtesy of the Monocacy Canoe Club.

There is a two part Class III rapid called "Deer Creek Rapids @ Rocks" upstream of the gauge at the end of the run. The run upstream of "Deer Creek Rapids @ Rocks" is rather tame.  Most people just run the "Deer Creek Rapids @ Rocks" putting in just above it along MD 24 and take out just below the second drop (there's parking both above and below the drop).  

At the very top of the first drop, there is a little wave that will push your bow to the left, if you let it.  Don't let it, because the left channel is especially trashy towards the bottom.  Try to punch this little wave and stay more right of center in the beginning part of the rapid.  

In the second drop, there is a pinning rock left of center that likes to trash recreational boats.  Whitewater paddlers can avoid this by setting a right angle at the drop.  Of course, it would be wise to scout both drops before running them.  

See Gertler, Ed; Maryland and Delaware Canoe Trails.

Lat/longitude coords are VERY approximate, from TopoZone.

Ed Evangelidi testifies:
The Class 3 rapids at Rocks may be negotiated down below 150 CFS, as it is quite constricted.

Rapid Descriptions

Drop at Rocks

Class - III Mile - 5.25
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Jason Caggiano
7 years ago

the strainers at the bridge on rock run rd have moved. The pile at river right is gone, however, the pile at river left has turned and extends most of the way across the creek. Not sure what this will be like at lower levels (2' or less)

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6 years ago

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Date Flow Result Factor  
1994-05-24 Medium Fatality Poor Planning Read More



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Upper Yough Access Fundraiser a Big Success

2019-01-07 21:16:00-05
Charlie Walbridge

Tonight American Whitewater presented the Town of Friendsville, Maryland with a $5000 check towards the extension of the Upper Yough Access Parking Area. This, combined with a $1000 donation from Keelhaulers Canoe Club, made a strong statement of how much paddlers value the river and the town! Under the leadership of Mayor Spencer Schlosnagle and long time paddler and Friendsville resident Jess Whittemore the town raised $7 in additional funding for every dollar paddlers donated - just like they did on the initial construction! This makes these gifts a great value for the whitewater community. A big shout out and thank you to ALL who donated!


Tony Allred Jr


Matt Muir