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Delaware whitewater, Brandywine Creek

New Castle county, Thompson Bridge Road to Market Street section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III     8 miles
 
There are dams along this stretch that need portage and the dam near Alapocas has no portage.  This stretch was a pain and is probably level three because of the dams as there is no whitewater here. Says Susan

The beautiful scenery of Delaware and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water have people coming here. The starting location is a short drive from Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, as you can see on the road map further down.
    A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system,
there are others too. No need to look hard for hotels, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. This section of Brandywine Creek is 8 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III section.

Briefly about the general area:
A tour to Brandywine Creek State Park revives the spirit, and nothing beats kicking back at Deemers Beach. Rock Spring is a wonderful local attraction,
 
and needless to say, everyone loves Bellevue State Park. This river is always fun. If you're looking for a beach close to Brandywine Creek, we recommend Deemers Beach, and there are plenty of folks from Rockland here. The high level of rainfall makes Brandywine Creek a pretty wet site. Of all the months in a year July is the one with the most rain, and the driest of the months is February. Throughout the warm months here at Brandywine Creek, high temperatures frequently reach the 80's. Through the moonlight hours it's usually in the 60's. High temperatures during the wintertime are normally in the 30's, and overnight lows at Brandywine Creek during the winter frequently plunge into the 20's.

Brandywine Creek, Thompson Bridge Road to Market Street road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Brandywine Creek.
 Whitewater Near Brandywine Creek:
Brandywine Creek, New Castle County, 2 miles away
      Class III - 8 miles long (Thompson Bridge Road to Market Street)
Red Clay Creek, New Castle County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 10.5 miles long (Marshall Bridge Road to Route 41)
Brandywine Creek, Chester County, 10 miles away
      Class I - 11 miles long (Lenape Pennsylvania to Thompson Bridge Road Delaware)
Brandywine Creek - West Branch, Chester County, 17 miles away
      Class I - 12 miles long (Mortonville to Lenape)
Buck Run, Chester County, 19 miles away
      Class II - 4 miles long (Doe Run Church Road to Brandywine Confluence)
French Creek, Chester County, 21 miles away
      Class II - 7 miles long (Route 100 to French Creek Road)
Brandywine Creek - West Branch, Chester County, 21 miles away
      Class III - 6.6 miles long (Pennsylvania 340 to Mortonville)
Big Elk Creek, Cecil County, 22 miles away
      Class I-II - 12.6 miles long (Pennsylvania Route 341 to Elkton)
Brandywine Creek - West Branch, Chester County, 24 miles away
      Class I-III - 6.6 miles long (Icedale Road to Pennsylvania 340)
Brandywine Creek - West Branch, Chester County, 24 miles away
      Class I-III - 6.6 miles long (Icedale Road to Pennsylvania 340)
 Ski Areas Near Brandywine Creek:
Spring Mountain, Pennsylvania , 27 miles away, 420 foot drop, 6 lifts, 9 runs
Bear Creek, Pennsylvania , 37 miles away, 510 foot drop, 7 lifts, 21 runs
Blue Marsh, Pennsylvania , 51 miles away, 315 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Blue Mountain, Pennsylvania , 55 miles away, 1082 foot drop, 9 lifts, 33 runs
Big Boulder, Pennsylvania , 67 miles away, 475 foot drop, 7 lifts, 16 runs
Camelback, Pennsylvania , 68 miles away, 800 foot drop, 15 lifts, 34 runs
Jack Frost, Pennsylvania , 71 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 21 runs
Mount Airy Lodge, Pennsylvania , 72 miles away, 250 foot drop, 3 lifts, 6 runs
Alpine Mountain, Pennsylvania , 74 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Shawnee Mountain, Pennsylvania , 74 miles away, 700 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
 Marinas Near Brandywine Creek:
Buttonwood Marina, Bridgeport , 15 miles away
Fox's Grove Marina, Ridley Park , 17 miles away
Township of Ridley Marina, Folsom , 18 miles away
Waterfront Inn and Marina at Harbor Pointe, Essington , 18 miles away
Anchorage Marina, Essington , 19 miles away
 Beaches Near Brandywine Creek:
Deemers Beach, New Castle , 7 miles away
Deemers Beach, New Castle , 8 miles away
 Hotels Near Brandywine Creek:
BEST WESTERN Brandywine Valley Inn, Wilmington , 1 miles away
Homewood Suites By Hilton Wilmington-Brandywine Valley, Wilmington , 2 miles away
Courtyard Wilmington Brandywine, Wilmington , 2 miles away
Inn At Wilmington, Wilmington , 2 miles away
Inn At Montchanin Village, Wilmington , 2 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Brandywine Creek:
Delaware Motel and RV Park, New Castle, 8 miles away
Philadelphia/West Chester KOA, Unionville, 13 miles away
Push The Rock, Malvern, 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Brandywine Creek:
New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route, Newport - NJ , 39 miles away
Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Bethlehem - PA , 46 miles away
Brandywine Creek State Park, Delaware , 1 miles away
Bellevue State Park, Delaware , 5 miles away
Fort Delaware State Park, Delaware , 10 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Brandywine Creek:
Du Pont Country Club, Wilmington , 0 miles away
Fieldstone Golf Club, Wilmington , 1 miles away
Rock Manor Golf Course, Wilmington , 2 miles away
 Lakes Near Brandywine Creek
Brinton Lake, Delaware , 6 miles away
Milltown Reservoir, Chester , 10 miles away
Springton Reservoir, Delaware , 14 miles away

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