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York county, Paper Mill Road to Susquehanna River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II(III)     5 miles
 
I lived in Delta PA, and my family is from there. My Aunt and uncle have a cabin right at the mouth of muddy creek. My cousins and I have had countless good times up in muddy creek. My buddy and I went camping there, we didn't bother to take any food or fresh water, good thing we're country boys or else we would have starved for the next 3 days. We hiked down the steep steep hill/mountain side. Got to the bottom and lit a cigar, then we
    started looking for a good place to camp which wasn't easy. We found one but it was a 6'10 patch of wet sand right next the river. It would have to do. We set up our tarp for shelter built a small fire and threw our lines
in the water. Not long after Steven hooked a nice red eye bass. Near dark we were a mile away from camp up stream. On the rush to get back before sunsets I hooked a nice little brown trout about 0. 9 ounces. We got back to camp finally, fire was out cold. We were freezing and hungry. We had flares, and we used them to start out fires which worked like a charm. We gutted our fish, and stuck a stick in them and roasted em over the fire. Damn  
    talk about fresh fish said Steven. It sure was good, though not nearly enough to satisfy two 16 year old boys. We ate the liver out of our fish, wasn't the best, haha. We sat by the fire for a while planning out tomorrows
  adventure. We dreamed about pizza and root beer, bacon and bread. We were hungry. I woke up long before Steven. It was summertime, Early August, but it sure was cold waking up under no blankets next to a dead fire, and a river 2 feet away from you. So I scrimmaged around the cliff side to find some kindlin and fire wood, before long I had a big ol fire rolling. Steven woke up and not 10 minutes later our stomachs growling and we were headed
up the creek to catch come much needed fish. We were walking along the edge when Steven slipped and fell knocking his head on a rock. He sat there on the bank of the stream un-responsive to me. I was real worried man, I tell ya. I thought he was gonna pass out, I didn't know what to do. He looked very pale and dazed. Finally he snapped back into it and got a drink of water right from the creek. We kept truckin up stream, not catchin a thing. On the way back we decided to float down the rapids, not walk. We stopped a nice little fishing hole. Steven hooked 2 very nice smallmouth bass. I caught a surprisingly big red eye bass. We couldn't wait to get back to camp and eat. Hell I don't even think we cooked the fish thoroughly but we ate it. We then cleaned up our camp and started the hike up the very vertical hill. Almost falling to the bottom numerous times, having to catch one another's arm before they fell. Damn we were dehydrated, and hungry. We finally made it to the top after walking through thorn bushes and poison oak. We saw the quad finally!!!! We ran to it and started it up and rode back to Stevens farm. Ordered a large pizza from Delt Pizza and ate the whole damn thing. What an adventure, ill never forget that. Says Anonymous

Ok I read this last night and I have never ever been white water before. It was my first time. I went with one of my buddies that has gone through tourist white water, but nothing ''wild'' like this. We put off on paper mill road, and left a vehicle at cabin creek park on the sassy. Only a 5 minute drive. I had a 16' Coleman canoe, my buddy was in a 12' old town kayak. Let me start by stating this. I figured the 2 rating was an overstatement. It was massively understated. We started with small rapids(I) under the bridge. Then we next hit a decent little system that got your blood pumping a lil then lets you down when its over. Then on to our first problem of the trip a huge strainer/sweeper. This log took up the entire creek. Barley over the surface and a small open spot on the opposite side of us. Neither of us had the experience to maneuver through the small opening. I would probably not been able to duck and get up to paddle for what was coming up next, immediate rock wall, and a drop. We pulled the boats up and drug it through the wet mud trail 5 feet higher. We went down about 100 yards and ran into a sieve. There  was a huge pointed rock sticking right up the middle of it. It probably stuck up 2 feet. we decided to hike the canoe over that, my buddy wussed out on taking his kayak down so we walked the boats around on the rock ledges with ropes. Wasn't too bad at all. Right under it there was a really nice system. We took the canoe down further then we both went through that on kayak. Then we sat and fished for a while. caught about 50 chubs in an hour. We then ran into a system that was too big for the canoe and we could not walk it around.....so we took all the gear out moved everything down stream including the kayak. I left my ice chest in the boat. it was loaded with ice and strapped down real good. I wanted to add a little bit of weight to it. I left it go. I went down beautifully. Really made me jealous wishing I was in it. There was a decent system right after that, I decided I was not walking around all of the fun, boy did I almost make the biggest mistake of my life. I got stuck in a real fast current and could not really maneuver too well. I ran head first real fast into this rock. it felt like a car accident. I had to hold on when I hit. That's when my life started flashing in front of my eyes. an eddy came up over the back of the canoe. started filling the boat up, fast. I got about 4 inches in and I was only half way through the system. By the grace of god and me stopping everything I was doing and curling up into a ball, I got out. I almost got capsized 3 or 4 times after that. every time I tried to paddle the weight would redistribute. hit some white water tossed a rope to my buddy and he pulled me up on the beach. Now by this point it went from enjoying the scenery and having a blast to are we going to be able to finish this creek? I quit taking pictures. I had my camera in the kayaks dry storage. I really wish I documented this trip better, but I did not want to get murdered when I got home for ruining the digital cam my girlfriend got me. So we decide to take a vow whatever we come to we are taking/ or we are going around fast. this 5 mile trip turned into 6 hours and we still had two more bends to go. we didn't have a map, but I was using my Verizon gps the whole way. We hit two systems, one pretty good, half was scary, and one mild and actually a relieve. Then we saw the most beautiful sight ever high tension power lines. Then a pontoon boat. I never thought an old moldy pontoon boat would look so glorious. We made it, but we still had to paddle back to the park. Now this is when it sorta sucks after you are so wore out. You have to go out about a mile but the creek keeps you at a pretty good pace. We drift fished the whole way to the mouth. Didn't even get a nibble. Then you have another mile along the shore line to get to the parking lot. Jeez I should have left my trolling motor at the mouth of the creek.

We got back and celebrated. We can't wait to get white water kayaks and go down some real 1 & 2 to learn what I am  doing. Then I am going back to conquer everything I had to go around. I had a blast. If you are skilled you can do it. If you have never been...hike it first. its only five miles and well worth the hike to know if you really want to do it or not. There are camp sites along the way. Fire pits, there were some pots and pans out there. Not liter looks more like communal property. I hope you guys enjoy the write up. I am planning going down fishing creek after I hike it first. please let me know what you think. zeo763k@yahoo.com (see picture)

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Muddy Creek - Susquehanna Tributary.
 Whitewater Near Muddy Creek - Susquehanna Tributary:
Muddy Creek - Susquehanna Tributary, York County, 1 miles away
      Class II(III) - 5 miles long (Paper Mill Road to Susquehanna River)
Susquehanna River, York County, 4 miles away
      Class III+ - 2 miles long (Holtwood)
Broad Creek, Harford County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 4.5 miles long (MD Route 136 to Maryland Route 623)
Conowingo Creek, Cecil County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2 miles long (Oakwood to Susquehanna River)
Octoraro Creek, Cecil County, 13 miles away
      Class II - 6 miles long (New Bridge Road to Richardsmere)
Winters Run, Harford County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 13 miles long (Pleasantville Road to Maryland Route 7)
Little Gunpowder Falls, Harford/ Baltimore County, 18 miles away
      Class I-III - 6 miles long (Maryland Route 147 to US Route 40)
Octoraro Creek, Chester County, 18 miles away
      Class I - 15 miles long (Octoraro Lake to New Bridge Rd Maryland)
Deer Creek, Harford County, 18 miles away
      Class I-III - 43.5 miles long (Bond Road to Susquehanna River)
Fishing Creek - Susquehanna Tributary, York County, 18 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Martinsville to Lake Clarke)
 Ski Areas Near Muddy Creek - Susquehanna Tributary:
Blue Marsh, Pennsylvania , 37 miles away, 315 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Ski Roundtop, Pennsylvania , 47 miles away, 600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 15 runs
Bear Creek, Pennsylvania , 60 miles away, 510 foot drop, 7 lifts, 21 runs
Spring Mountain, Pennsylvania , 65 miles away, 420 foot drop, 6 lifts, 9 runs
Ski Liberty, Pennsylvania , 74 miles away, 620 foot drop, 8 lifts, 16 runs
Blue Mountain, Pennsylvania , 78 miles away, 1082 foot drop, 9 lifts, 33 runs
Big Boulder, Pennsylvania , 83 miles away, 475 foot drop, 7 lifts, 16 runs
Jack Frost, Pennsylvania , 84 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 21 runs
Camelback, Pennsylvania , 94 miles away, 800 foot drop, 15 lifts, 34 runs
Sno Mountain, Pennsylvania , 95 miles away, 1020 foot drop, 7 lifts, 30 runs
 Marinas Near Muddy Creek - Susquehanna Tributary:
Glen Cove Marina, Bel Air , 13 miles away
Lake Clarke Marina, Wrightsville , 18 miles away
Otter Creek Marina, Abingdon , 18 miles away
Perryville Yacht Club, Perryville , 19 miles away
Owens Marina, Perryville , 19 miles away
 Beaches Near Muddy Creek - Susquehanna Tributary:
Belcamp Beach, Harford , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Muddy Creek - Susquehanna Tributary:
Doubletree Resort Lancaster Willow Valley, Lancaster , 12 miles away
Strasburg Village Inn, Strasburg , 14 miles away
Australian Walkabout Inn B & B, Lancaster , 14 miles away
Lancaster Marriott At Penn Square, Lancaster , 14 miles away
The Hotel Lancaster, Lancaster , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Muddy Creek - Susquehanna Tributary:
Orchard Campground, Delta, 3 miles away
Muddy Run Park, Holtwood, 4 miles away
Olde Forge Campground, Holtwood, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Muddy Creek - Susquehanna Tributary:
Camp Echo Trail, York , 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Muddy Creek - Susquehanna Tributary:
Greenbelt Park, Greenbelt - MD , 57 miles away
Rocks State Park, Maryland , 10 miles away
Susquehanna State Park, Maryland , 13 miles away
Gunpowder Falls State Park, Maryland , 18 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Muddy Creek - Susquehanna Tributary:
Pilgrim's Oak Golf Course, Peach Bottom , 7 miles away
Geneva Farm Golf Club, Street , 9 miles away
Tanglewood Manor Golf Club, Quarryville , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Muddy Creek - Susquehanna Tributary
Lake Aldred, Lancaster , 4 miles away
Broad Creek Memorial Camp Reservoir, Harford , 5 miles away
Lake Clarke, Lancaster , 10 miles away

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