Little Gunpowder Falls - U.S. Route to U.S. Route 40


Little Gunpowder Falls, Maryland, US

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U.S. Route to U.S. Route 40

Usual Difficulty II-III (for normal flows)
Length 5.5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 33 fpm
Max Gradient 75 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
WINTERS RUN NEAR BENSON, MD
usgs-01581700 110 - 5000 cfs II-III 02h07m 31 cfs (too low)


River Description

This is the delightful, classic Little Gunpowder trip. The first half is an almost continuous rock garden, starting out class I-II and then adding a few class II and II+ bits. After the midway point, in short succession, come a series of class III rapids. The first is a 4-foot ledge, easily scouted on the right and best run in the middle at low levels. It is popular to carry back up and run it again. The next splits around an island, with the left side narrower and shallower. Then comes the Belko Factory Falls, a ragged 6-foot drop which can be scouted from the left and run on the right. The remaining class III or III- rapids, above and below the next bridge, are twisty rock gardens. Class II water then resumes, down to I-95. The final mile and a half has only a pair of class II+ rapids on either side of Philadelphia Road, a half-mile above the take out.
The surrounding woodlands are full of deer and quite pretty, except where buildings are close to the creek. You can park at the shopping center alongside the take out. If you continue below there, it is two flat miles to the big Gunpowder Falls, and then another mile to the Gunpowder River inlet.

Ed Evangelidi testifies:<br>
This creek is quite flashy, so don�t dawdle, or it might come down on you while you are running shuttle. It has more continuous rapids than on the <a href="http://www.americanwhitewater.org/rivers/id/721/">Big Gunpowder</a> but they are not any harder. Also has a tamer section upstream.
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Lat/longitude coords are approximate, from TopoZone.
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2009-03-19 12:45:33

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Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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December 16 2010 (2324 days ago)
Foghorn (152636)
Ran this last weekend after a decent day of rain. Gauge only spiked at 250cfs, it was maybe 200
when we went through. The big flood storm that came through a few months ago definitely changed
some scenery. The banks are wider and the "islands" between Jerusalem and Franklinville were all
but swept clean. At this level, the run was bony but we only scraped a couple times and all of the
drops were runnable. One thing to note is that after the Jerusalem Road put in there is a huge
near-river-wide strainer which backs up a lot of water and creates its own little rapid, passable
with a tight slot move on the right but take it slow and watch for protruding branches in the
slide.
September 27 2007 (3500 days ago)
x (1)
This river is NOT runnable at 1.93 feet / 84 CF/s. We just went down and tried it thinking it would
just be a 'little low'. We were only able to paddle about 200 yards of the first 3 miles. We had to
hike along the trails and take out at Jerusalem Road bridge and hitch a ride back to the putgtin to
get our vehicle. Locals told us that the river is usually a full foot higher. I would say 2.5 feet
would be runnable, with 3 feet preferable. Oh well....
August 8 2007 (3550 days ago)
Tony Del PuppoDetails
I ran the toughest part of this stretch (Jerusalem Mill to Franklinville Rd.) and I must
respectfully disagree with Mr. Evangelidi. At around 130 to 140 cfs on the Winter's Run Gauge, this
river was certainly more difficult than the Big Gunpowder at 12" on the local Rt. 1 bridge gauge.
Belko Factory Falls is more difficult and dangerous than anything the Gunpowder has to offer; as
for the immediate three or four Class threes that come before and after Belko, they are equal to
anything the Gunpowder offers. The pictures on this website are misleading; they were taken at low
levels; run this river after a good rain and see what I'm talking about. I consider myself a solid
Class 3 kayaker. When I ran Big Gunpowder the first time, I only boat scouted the rapids; on the
Little Gunpowder, I got out of my boat and scouted each and every major rapid, which wasn't easy
because there weren't many eddies to catch.


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