Deer Creek - 3. Eden Mill Dam to Sandy Hook Rd./Deer Creek Conservation Area

Deer Creek, Maryland, US


3. Eden Mill Dam to Sandy Hook Rd./Deer Creek Conservation Area

Usual Difficulty I-III (varies with level)
Length 15.5 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 2.50 - 10.00 ft I-III 01h43m 2.17 ft (too low)

River Description

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

There is a two part Class III rapid called the "Drop at Rocks" upstream of the gauge. Much of the rest of this long run is rather tame but pretty.  Most people just run the "Drop at 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).  But if you want to do the whole stretch, the take-out is on the upstream river right side at the Sandy Hook Rd bridge.  Just before the bridge crossing the creek there is a parking area.  This is the Deer Creek Conservation Area River Access and the take-out for the 15 mile long run.

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: 2017-10-08 14:06:10


Rapid Summary

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

Rapid Descriptions

User Comments

Users can submit comments.
September 12 2011 (2226 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)

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