Deer Creek - 3. Eden Mill Dam to Rocks State Park

Deer Creek, Maryland, US


3. Eden Mill Dam to Rocks State Park

Usual Difficulty I-II(III) (varies with level)
Length 5.5 Miles

Deer Creek

Deer Creek
Photo of Tony Allred running probe on Deer Creek's only Class III rapid by Charles S. Hihn, Monocacy Canoe Club

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-01580000 2.30 - 9.00 ft I-II(III) 00h17m 2.95 ft (running)

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.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-03-30 15:03:29


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
5.3Drop at RocksIIIHazard Playspot

Rapid Descriptions

User Comments

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September 12 2011 (2683 days ago)
Cagg1271 (153409)
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)