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Maryland whitewater, Big Elk Creek

Cecil county, Pennsylvania Route 341 to Elkton section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     12.6 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Cecil County and the water flowing gracefully down Big Elk Creek are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The starting location is a short drive from Lancaster, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often easier than in other states, so keep in mind that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. Since
    you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling spots. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just being out on the river for a while will
make you glad you came. This stretch is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so pack your camping stuff. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. Lodging is available near the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. This stretch of Big Elk Creek is 12.6 miles long and is according to  
American Whitewater a class I-II section of whitewater.

Briefly about the general area:
Don't leave Big Elk Creek without visiting Lums Pond State Park, and if you're dropping by from Elk Mills, you won't be the only one. A magnificent place like Elk Neck State Park in the vicinity of Big Elk Creek is too great to leave out, and if you want to hit the beach, Roachs Shore is in close proximity. This river is so wonderful. High temperatures at Big Elk Creek throughout the summer are in the 80's. When the night sets in temperatures drop down into the 60's. For the period of the wintertime highs are commonly in the 30's while the cold winter nights at Big Elk Creek are in the 20's.

Big Elk Creek, Pennsylvania Route 341 to Elkton 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 Big Elk Creek.
 Whitewater Near Big Elk Creek:
Big Elk Creek, Cecil County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 12.6 miles long (Pennsylvania Route 341 to Elkton)
Northeast Creek, Cecil County, 7 miles away
      Class V - 4 miles long (below covered bridge on Route 272)
Red Clay Creek, New Castle County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 10.5 miles long (Marshall Bridge Road to Route 41)
Buck Run, Chester County, 14 miles away
      Class II - 4 miles long (Doe Run Church Road to Brandywine Confluence)
Octoraro Creek, Chester County, 15 miles away
      Class I - 15 miles long (Octoraro Lake to New Bridge Rd Maryland)
Brandywine Creek - West Branch, Chester County, 15 miles away
      Class I - 12 miles long (Mortonville to Lenape)
Brandywine Creek - West Branch, Chester County, 17 miles away
      Class III - 6.6 miles long (Pennsylvania 340 to Mortonville)
Octoraro Creek, Cecil County, 18 miles away
      Class II - 6 miles long (New Bridge Road to Richardsmere)
Brandywine Creek, Chester County, 19 miles away
      Class I - 11 miles long (Lenape Pennsylvania to Thompson Bridge Road Delaware)
Brandywine Creek - West Branch, Chester County, 21 miles away
      Class I-III - 6.6 miles long (Icedale Road to Pennsylvania 340)
 Ski Areas Near Big Elk Creek:
Spring Mountain, Pennsylvania , 42 miles away, 420 foot drop, 6 lifts, 9 runs
Blue Marsh, Pennsylvania , 44 miles away, 315 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Bear Creek, Pennsylvania , 45 miles away, 510 foot drop, 7 lifts, 21 runs
Blue Mountain, Pennsylvania , 65 miles away, 1082 foot drop, 9 lifts, 33 runs
Big Boulder, Pennsylvania , 75 miles away, 475 foot drop, 7 lifts, 16 runs
Jack Frost, Pennsylvania , 78 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 21 runs
Ski Roundtop, Pennsylvania , 78 miles away, 600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 15 runs
Camelback, Pennsylvania , 81 miles away, 800 foot drop, 15 lifts, 34 runs
Mount Airy Lodge, Pennsylvania , 84 miles away, 250 foot drop, 3 lifts, 6 runs
Alpine Mountain, Pennsylvania , 88 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
 Marinas Near Big Elk Creek:
Locust Point Marina, Elkton , 6 miles away
Cove Marina, Elkton , 6 miles away
Chesapeake Inn Restaurant & Marina, Chesapeake City , 9 miles away
Chesapeake Anchorage, Chesapeake City , 9 miles away
North East River Yacht Club, North East , 9 miles away
 Beaches Near Big Elk Creek:
Roachs Shore, Cecil , 11 miles away
Deemers Beach, New Castle , 18 miles away
Deemers Beach, New Castle , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Big Elk Creek:
Elk Forge B&B Inn, Spa And Events, Elkton , 2 miles away
Knights Inn Elkton, Elkton , 4 miles away
La Quinta Inn & Suites Newark - Elkton, Elkton , 4 miles away
Hampton Inn Elkton MD, Elkton , 4 miles away
Days Inn Elkton, Elkton , 4 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Elk Creek:
Woodlands Camping Resort, Elkton, 6 miles away
D and J Shady Rest Campsites, Oxford, 10 miles away
Lums Pond State Park, Bear, 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Big Elk Creek:
New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route, Newport - NJ , 53 miles away
Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Bethlehem - PA , 59 miles away
Lums Pond State Park, Delaware , 11 miles away
Elk Neck State Park, Maryland , 12 miles away
Fort DuPont State Park, Delaware , 20 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Big Elk Creek:
Patriots Glen The Club, Elkton , 4 miles away
Chisel Creek Golf Club, Landenberg , 7 miles away
Brantwood Golf Club Turf, Elkton , 7 miles away
 Lakes Near Big Elk Creek
Noxontown Lake, New Castle , 16 miles away

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