Octoraro Creek, Maryland, US
|Usual Difficulty||II (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||15 fpm|
|Max Gradient||30 fpm|
|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)|
|DEER CREEK AT ROCKS, MD|
|usgs-01580000||2.40 - 10.00 ft||II||00h20m||2.18 ft (too low)|
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.