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 Upper Octoraro is categorized as a Pennsylvania stream.
Ran 8/21/18 @ 3.6 ft on gauge. No portages required, no stream-wide strainers, and only one shallow spot. Fun riffles and boulder gardens with a single 1 ft drop about half way. Scenery is great, very little hints of civilization. It only took us about 1.5 hours to travel the 6 miles.
There is a relatively new Gauge on the Octoraro: "Richardsmere" for which I have a reading of 300 cfs as a minimum for this gauge and 340 cfs as the bottom of a moderate level. More correlation made with the "Richardsmere" Gauge would help to see where things fall. Also, the Dam pictured here has been removed.
Gauge switched to Octoraro at Richardsmere
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Could someone please explain why the gauge used for this run is "Brandywine Creek at Chadds Ford, PA." I looked on Google earth but never found a any connection to the Octoraro Creek. There is a gauge found on the USGS site for Octoraro Creek:
Shouldn't we use this one instead since it is on Octoraro Creek?
Ran this stream on April 17, 2009, gauge at 3.0, a little low, but not terrible as my group are novices and this made for a great training run. The description is accurate, the most fun is in the small gorge section below the Rte. 1 bridge which had just enough water in it that day. I figure that about 3.3 on the gauge and up will please most paddlers. LK
usgs has a station on (octoraro: #01578475) new bridge road. there has been a lot of vandalism at this site. if you see vandalism in progress or damage to our gage please call usgs@ 717-730-6987 thanks
The New River Ranch Dam was removed in 2005.
The following article talks about the removal and has pictures: http://www.bayjournal.com/article.cfm?article=2652. The Dam got it's name from the "New River Ranch" country music park on the east side of the river just north of the dam. It was open through the 1950's and early 60's. If you are curious some good info on the park is at this link:
can anyone give me some info on this creek please
Primary guage is Octoraro at Richardsmere; Deer Creek at Rocks and Brandywine at Chadds Ford are supporting gauges..
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