I put in at Reisterstown road once. In this section is a small dam that doesn't look too bad, but which forms a Class 6-7 hole at high water. Portage!
Also, at higher water, the section through Woodlawn Cemetery (above the bridge) is nice Class 3, but there is a powerful, serious hole directly underneath the bridge, where it's impossible to see if you're scouting from atop the bridge. Run right, but scout first.
The best division point between the two sections of Gwynn's Falls in my humble opinion is the dam at Dickeysville. Above there the whitewater is no more difficult than class III and features three portages around dams (including the one in Dickeysville). Below there the river changes character and is more difficult and only has one "low pipe portage".
Tell us about this gauge by leaving a comment.
Permits are not required for this reach.
We have no additional detail on this route.
Use the map below to calculate how
to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.
If someone gets hurt on a river, or you read about a whitewater-related injury, please report it to
American Whitewater. Don't worry about multiple submissions from other witnesses, as our safety
editors will turn multiple witness reports into a single unified accident report.
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!
Log into the American Whitewater website and you can contribute to river descriptions,
flow and access tips, and maps associated with runs you've done. You can even add new
runs to the inventory!