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Difficulty II-IV
Length 5.3 Miles
Gauge CATOCTIN CREEK NEAR MIDDLETOWN, MD
Flow Range 500 - 3000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 31 minutes ago 59.6 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 05/11/2005 2:37 pm

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."

Rapid Descriptions

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Robert Farmer
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12 years ago

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.

Gage Descriptions

You need a big rain, especially for the first section, and the Catoctin gauge reading for that part should be at least 800 cfs.

Robert Miller suggests:
If the Catoctin gauge is 500 cfs and rising, you should find runable water on Owens. Owens, Hunting, and Middle(Catoctin Creek) all begin within a couple mile radius of each other.

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