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Difficulty I-II(III)
Length 5.5 Miles
Flow Range 2.35 - 9.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 2 days ago 2.46 [FT] ℹ️
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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7 years ago

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




Tony Allred Jr


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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1207624 06/05/17 Tony Allred Jr 5-31-2017
1208407 10/26/17 Tony Allred Jr 10-25-2017 - cleanup
1208429 11/06/17 Tony Allred Jr 11-7-2017 - cleanup
1208173 08/05/17 Tony Allred Jr 8-4-2017 - small edit to gauge levels
1207811 06/29/17 Tony Allred Jr 6-29-2017 - Separate River Length for clarity
1207815 06/29/17 Tony Allred Jr 6-29-2017 - clarify river stretch
1207814 06/29/17 Tony Allred Jr 6-29-2017 - clarify river stretch
1207807 06/28/17 Tony Allred Jr 6-28-2017 - Corrected river length
1207820 06/29/17 Tony Allred Jr 6-29-2017 - clarify river stretch
1207822 06/29/17 Tony Allred Jr 6-29-2017
1207821 06/29/17 Tony Allred Jr 6-29-2017 - cleanup
1207823 06/29/17 Tony Allred Jr 6-29-2017 - cleanup
1207825 06/29/17 Tony Allred Jr 6-29-2017 - cleanup
1208352 10/08/17 Tony Allred Jr 10-8-2017 - cleanup
1208399 10/25/17 Tony Allred Jr 10-25-2017 - split long run into two parts
1207828 06/29/17 Tony Allred Jr 6-29-2017 - cleanup
1208431 11/06/17 Tony Allred Jr 1-14-2018 - cleanup
1209153 03/30/18 Tony Allred Jr 3-30-2018 - added to the description of the "Drop at Rocks"
1209154 03/30/18 Tony Allred Jr 3-30-2018 - cleanup
1190510 06/26/02 n/a n/a