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Maryland whitewater, Octoraro Creek

Cecil county, New Bridge Road to Richardsmere section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     6 miles
This is a great run, especially after heavy rains.  You can turn this 6 mile trip into a 21 mile trip by putting in at Octoraro Lake, on Rt 472, Oxford PA Says Neecee

Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Maryland tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so don't forget that rivers in this state are less demanding. This stretch of Octoraro Creek is 6 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II section.
    The beautiful scenery of Cecil County and the playfulness of the water will make you feel great. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set.
No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of places for that. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature are great attractions for lots of people. On this section you do get some distance, it's perfect for a one day trip. The campgrounds here at Octoraro Creek are pretty good. The New Bridge Road to Richardsmere section is one of a few paddling sections in this river  
system. The starting location is a short drive from Lancaster, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost.

Briefly about the general area:
Elk Neck State Park is a great place to stop by on a lovely day; a great spot close by is Sleepy Hollow. A tour to Susquehanna State Park when you're here at Octoraro Creek is never a bad idea, and beaches are magnificent and Belcamp Beach is no exception. This river is always fun. This is a popular place for folks from Conowingo; a day at Roachs Shore is time well spent. The amount of rain that falls at Octoraro Creek is close to the national average.

Octoraro Creek, New Bridge Road to Richardsmere road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Octoraro Creek.
 Whitewater Near Octoraro Creek:
Octoraro Creek, Cecil County, 2 miles away
      Class II - 6 miles long (New Bridge Road to Richardsmere)
Conowingo Creek, Cecil County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2 miles long (Oakwood to Susquehanna River)
Octoraro Creek, Chester County, 9 miles away
      Class I - 15 miles long (Octoraro Lake to New Bridge Rd Maryland)
Broad Creek, Harford County, 11 miles away
      Class I-II - 4.5 miles long (MD Route 136 to Maryland Route 623)
Northeast Creek, Cecil County, 13 miles away
      Class V - 4 miles long (below covered bridge on Route 272)
Muddy Creek - Susquehanna Tributary, York County, 13 miles away
      Class II(III) - 5 miles long (Paper Mill Road to Susquehanna River)
Susquehanna River, York County, 16 miles away
      Class III+ - 2 miles long (Holtwood)
Big Elk Creek, Cecil County, 18 miles away
      Class I-II - 12.6 miles long (Pennsylvania Route 341 to Elkton)
Winters Run, Harford County, 22 miles away
      Class I-II - 13 miles long (Pleasantville Road to Maryland Route 7)
Little Gunpowder Falls, Harford/ Baltimore County, 23 miles away
      Class I-III - 6 miles long (Maryland Route 147 to US Route 40)
 Ski Areas Near Octoraro Creek:
Blue Marsh, Pennsylvania , 39 miles away, 315 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Bear Creek, Pennsylvania , 55 miles away, 510 foot drop, 7 lifts, 21 runs
Spring Mountain, Pennsylvania , 57 miles away, 420 foot drop, 6 lifts, 9 runs
Ski Roundtop, Pennsylvania , 59 miles away, 600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 15 runs
Blue Mountain, Pennsylvania , 74 miles away, 1082 foot drop, 9 lifts, 33 runs
Big Boulder, Pennsylvania , 82 miles away, 475 foot drop, 7 lifts, 16 runs
Jack Frost, Pennsylvania , 83 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 21 runs
Ski Liberty, Pennsylvania , 86 miles away, 620 foot drop, 8 lifts, 16 runs
Camelback, Pennsylvania , 91 miles away, 800 foot drop, 15 lifts, 34 runs
Mount Airy Lodge, Pennsylvania , 94 miles away, 250 foot drop, 3 lifts, 6 runs
 Marinas Near Octoraro Creek:
Perryville Yacht Club, Perryville , 8 miles away
Owens Marina, Perryville , 8 miles away
Tidewater Marina, Havre De Grace , 8 miles away
Penns Beach Marina at Heron Harbor, Havre De Grace , 8 miles away
Lee's Marina, North East , 13 miles away
 Beaches Near Octoraro Creek:
Belcamp Beach, Harford , 13 miles away
Roachs Shore, Cecil , 14 miles away
 Hotels Near Octoraro Creek:
Days Inn Perryville, Perryville , 7 miles away
Super 8 Havre De Grace Aberdeen Area, Havre de Grace , 7 miles away
Residence Inn Aberdeen At Ripken Stadium, Aberdeen , 9 miles away
Courtyard Aberdeen At Ripken Stadium, Aberdeen , 9 miles away
Red Roof Aberdeen, Aberdeen , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Octoraro Creek:
Ramblewood Campgrounds, Darlington, 4 miles away
Susquehanna State Park, Havre De Grace, 4 miles away
Susquehanna State Park, Havre de Grace Area, 4 miles away
 Public Lands Near Octoraro Creek:
Greenbelt Park, Greenbelt - MD , 63 miles away
Susquehanna State Park, Maryland , 4 miles away
Elk Neck State Park, Maryland , 14 miles away
Rocks State Park, Maryland , 20 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Octoraro Creek:
Beaver Bend Par 3, Peach Bottom , 5 miles away
Bulle Rock, Havre De Grace , 8 miles away
Pilgrim's Oak Golf Course, Peach Bottom , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near Octoraro Creek
Susquehanna River Reservoir, Cecil , 3 miles away
Broad Creek Memorial Camp Reservoir, Harford , 9 miles away
Lake Aldred, Lancaster , 16 miles away

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