Octoraro Creek - New Bridge Road to Richardsmere

Octoraro Creek, Maryland, US


New Bridge Road to Richardsmere (Lower Octoraro)

Usual Difficulty II (for normal flows)
Length 6 Miles
Avg. Gradient 15 fpm
Max Gradient 30 fpm

New River Ranch Falls

New River Ranch Falls
Photo of Falls by Walt Shank taken 07/13/01 @ Loowwwwww!

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Octoraro Creek near Richardsmere, MD
usgs-01578475 300 - 4000 cfs II 00h52m 63.8 cfs (too low)
Brandywine Creek at Chadds Ford, PA
usgs-01481000 2.40 - 10.00 ft II 00h35m 1.84 ft (too low)
usgs-01580000 2.40 - 10.00 ft II 00h20m 2.18 ft (too low)

River Description

Nice little section with some trashy and scenic surroundings. This is a kind of a forgotten corner of MD, but it's worth visiting and the river is worth running. It's kind of like the Brandywine without any dams.

The first 3 miles are pretty mellow, but things start to get going after the Rt. 1 bridge. Fun Class II rapids result as the Octoraro (which is Native American for "rushing waters") drops down to the Conowingo. Take out on a small side road before the Rt. 222 bridge in the historic mill town of Richardsmere.

The Upper Octoraro is categorized as a Pennsylvania stream.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2017-06-20 15:42:57


Rapid Descriptions

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