Owens Creek - 1) Lantz to Roddy Covered Bridge

Owens Creek, Maryland, US


1) Lantz to Roddy Covered Bridge

Usual Difficulty II-IV (for normal flows)
Length 5.3 Miles
Avg. Gradient 95 fpm
Max Gradient 190 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-01637500 500 - 3000 cfs II-IV 00h18m 96.9 cfs (too low)

River Description

Put in 300 yards west of Lantz, by the church.

There's one class IV- in about a half mile, but otherwise it's class III- until the railroad bridge alongside Md 81, at 2.4 miles.
The next 0.4 miles, down to the roadside parking area used by many fishermen, is class IV.
From there to the Roddy covered bridge, below US 15, is class III+, with few strainers.

You can scout almost the entire run from the road.

Ed Evangelidi testifies:
The upper part of this run has a few wire strands across the creek that are not too noticeable but easy to negotiate. This is followed by a new private low water bridge that may cause problems. In the Class 4 section, consider that any strainer in this very fast water may cause grave bodily harm.

Robert Miller further testifies:
"The creek starts as Class 2 and builds from there. When you come upon a railroad bridge, the action is going to pick up fast. The creek steepens and goes down continuous rocky rapids, some of which come at you very fast and are pretty steep. Be on the lookout for trees! The good action continues for over a mile and has some really neat sections. At one point, the creek bumps into a rock cliff on the right with a small waterfall pouring off the cliff. It is a beautiful sight! As you approach the Rt. 550 bridge, the action starts to let up but remains continuous. This is a great run to combine with the other creeks in the area."

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2005-05-11 14:37:34


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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March 2 2007 (4339 days ago)
Robert FarmerDetails
There are two tough drops with large boulders blocking the creek, at least one of which I saw from
the road. Definitely go right at the second one; I think I went right at the first one, too. They
appear suddenly. This upper section (Sabillasville to Baugh Rd.) is not for Class 2 paddlers! It's
more like steady and fast 3-4 with mandatory fast decisions required. I'm not sure if this section
overlaps the official section or whether it's upstream, but it's fun and worth doing, if you don't
have to drive too far.