Fifteen Mile Creek - US Route 40 to Potomac River

Fifteen Mile Creek, Maryland, US


US Route 40 to Potomac River

Usual Difficulty I-II(III) (for normal flows)
Length 9.5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 30 fpm

shweet creek

shweet creek
Photo of Josh Crewser by John Duke taken 03/17/03 @ 2.9@ Bellegrove

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-01610155 2.50 - 8.00 ft I-II(III) 02h06m 3.55 ft (running)

River Description

Gertler, Ed; Maryland and Delaware Canoe Trails

Lat/longitude coords are approximate, from TopoZone.

Ed Evangelidi testifies:
Like Sideling Hill Creek, only with more interesting rapids (Class 2) and more strainers. Use lots of caution here in hunting season.

The following info fromJohn Duke
I like to put-in just below I-68 on Fifteenmile creek road(gravel).The creek braids quite a bit in the first 2 miles,Requiring 3 tree carries (easy to spot)Then she drops into a nice gorge,the rapids pick up and the trees disappear.The rapids for the next 3 miles are class 2+ (3 in high water).After this you will come to a quarter mile long pool called Long Pond.Exit Long pond to the left and continue 1 bouncy mile to a nice lunch stop on river left..You will see picnic tables from the creek..These are greenridge state Forest campsites along Mountain road..After lunch the cliffs disappear but some nice rapids remain,there are two nice 2foot+ ledges (both have small horizon lines)Also there are 2 more tree carries(both easy to spot again)Soon you will come to the low-water bridge.You can take-out here or carry the bridge and continue 1 quarter mile to the public access along the Potomac River
Camping areas
Greenridge State Forest contains 100 widely spaced campsites that make a great basecamp for running many rivers(Potomac,Sideling Hill, Town,Flintstone)3 of these sites are on fifteenmile!
E-mail Me with any questions

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Last Updated: 2003-03-30 17:50:15


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