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Maryland whitewater, Deer Creek

Harford county, Bond Road to Susquehanna River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     43.5 miles
There are many put in and take out spots along the creek. A nice paddle is Eden Mill park down to Rocks state park. Put in by parking at Eden Mill Nature Center off of Gwan Grove rd. Take out at the parking area under the king and queen seats off 24 in rocks (by old consesion stand. Do not paddle further unless you are an accomplished paddler due to the immediate section after the take out. It is a fall line creaed shoot that drops about
    35 feet over 100 yards and narrows to 1/3 original wifth. Not difficult but intimidating and surprising if not ready and has a potential pin spot below biggest drop. Says TG

A Low Head Dam is upstream from RT 161/Down
stream of Deths Ford RD paddlers may want to portage around it Says John V

The Bond Road to Susquehanna River stretch of Deer Creek in Harford County is 43.5 miles long and has been rated as a class I-III section by American Whitewater. The beautiful scenery of Harford County and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. The put-in location is a short drive from Lancaster, if you're not familiar with the area there's
a road map further down the page. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Maryland tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so better not forget that the rivers in this state are less demanding. Now this is a pretty long section, so better bring your camping gear along. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Bond Road to Susquehanna River section is one of them. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. Getting a good workout and spending some quality time in nature have a lot of people coming here.

Deer Creek, Bond Road to Susquehanna River road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near Deer Creek.
 Whitewater Near Deer Creek:
Broad Creek, Harford County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 4.5 miles long (MD Route 136 to Maryland Route 623)
Muddy Creek - Susquehanna Tributary, York County, 7 miles away
      Class II(III) - 5 miles long (Paper Mill Road to Susquehanna River)
Winters Run, Harford County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 13 miles long (Pleasantville Road to Maryland Route 7)
Susquehanna River, York County, 10 miles away
      Class III+ - 2 miles long (Holtwood)
Little Gunpowder Falls, Harford/ Baltimore County, 10 miles away
      Class I-III - 6 miles long (Maryland Route 147 to US Route 40)
Conowingo Creek, Cecil County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2 miles long (Oakwood to Susquehanna River)
Long Green Creek, Baltimore County, 13 miles away
      Class IV - 2 miles long (Glen Arm Road to Gunpowder Falls)
Deer Creek, Harford County, 14 miles away
      Class I-III - 43.5 miles long (Bond Road to Susquehanna River)
Octoraro Creek, Cecil County, 17 miles away
      Class II - 6 miles long (New Bridge Road to Richardsmere)
Gunpowder Falls, Baltimore County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.3 miles long (Route 1 to US 40)
 Ski Areas Near Deer Creek:
Blue Marsh, Pennsylvania , 44 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 , 67 miles away, 510 foot drop, 7 lifts, 21 runs
Spring Mountain, Pennsylvania , 71 miles away, 420 foot drop, 6 lifts, 9 runs
Ski Liberty, Pennsylvania , 71 miles away, 620 foot drop, 8 lifts, 16 runs
Blue Mountain, Pennsylvania , 85 miles away, 1082 foot drop, 9 lifts, 33 runs
Big Boulder, Pennsylvania , 91 miles away, 475 foot drop, 7 lifts, 16 runs
Jack Frost, Pennsylvania , 92 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 21 runs
 Marinas Near Deer Creek:
Glen Cove Marina, Bel Air , 6 miles away
Otter Creek Marina, Abingdon , 12 miles away
Porter's Seneca Park Marina, Middle River , 17 miles away
Maryland Marina, Middle River , 17 miles away
Goose Harbor Marina, Middle River , 18 miles away
 Beaches Near Deer Creek:
Belcamp Beach, Harford , 12 miles away
 Hotels Near Deer Creek:
Hampton Inn - Suites Edgewood-Aberdeen-South MD, Edgewood , 11 miles away
La Quinta Inn & Suites Edgewood / Aberdeen-South, Edgewood , 11 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites Edgewood - Aberdeen, Edgewood , 11 miles away
Red Roof Inn Edgewood, Edgewood , 11 miles away
Holiday Inn Express EDGEWOOD-ABERDEEN-BEL AIR, Edgewood , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Deer Creek:
Orchard Campground, Delta, 6 miles away
The Pines Campground, Harford County, 7 miles away
Gamler's Boat Yard Campgrounds, Airville, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Deer Creek:
Camp Echo Trail, York , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Deer Creek:
Greenbelt Park, Greenbelt - MD , 50 miles away
Fort Washington Park, Fort Washington - MD , 64 miles away
Rocks State Park, Maryland , 5 miles away
Gunpowder Falls State Park, Maryland , 10 miles away
Susquehanna State Park, Maryland , 14 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Deer Creek:
Geneva Farm Golf Club, Street , 3 miles away
Winters Run Golf Club, Bel Air , 6 miles away
Maryland Golf & Country Club, Bel Air , 7 miles away
 Lakes Near Deer Creek
Broad Creek Memorial Camp Reservoir, Harford , 7 miles away
Lake Aldred, Lancaster , 10 miles away
Susquehanna River Reservoir, Cecil , 12 miles away

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