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Maryland whitewater, Patapsco River

Howard Baltimore Carroll county, Woodstock to Elkridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     17.5 miles
  If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Maryland you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. If you're coming from Baltimore-Towson it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp.
    There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Woodstock to Elkridge section is one of them. There are nice comfortable hotels here, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick.
Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good places for that around here. The Woodstock to Elkridge section of Patapsco River is 17.5 miles long and it is classified as a class I-III section by American Whitewater. Getting some good exercise and just being out on the river for a while will have you coming back for more. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so go ahead and pack  
your camp stove.

Briefly about the general area:
At Patapsco River you always meet someone from Catonsville, and Patapsco Valley State Park is both perfect and stunning. A normal amount of rain falls here at Patapsco River. May is the month that gets the most rain while February is the month with the least amount of precipitation. Through the summertime, highs typically are in the 80's at Patapsco River. For the duration of the moonlight hours it's regularly in the 60's. The wintertime comes with highs in the 30's, and winter nights come with lows in the 20's to Patapsco River.

Patapsco River, Woodstock to Elkridge 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 Patapsco River.
 Whitewater Near Patapsco River:
Gwynns Falls, City of Baltimore County, 6 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4 miles long (Lochearn to Franklintown Road)
Little Patuxent River, Howard County, 6 miles away
      Class I-IV - 7 miles long (US Route 29 to US Route 1)
Patapsco River, Howard/Baltimore/Carroll County, 6 miles away
      Class I-III - 17.5 miles long (Woodstock to Elkridge)
Gwynns Falls, City of Baltimore County, 8 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4 miles long (Franklintown Road to Carroll Park Golf Course)
Patuxent River, Howard County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II(IV) - 15.3 miles long (Carroll Mill Road to Savage Mill)
Piney Run, Carroll County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 2 miles long (Arrington Road to Marriottsville)
Jones Falls, Baltimore County, 11 miles away
      Class I-III - 6 miles long (Lake Roland to Round Falls)
Herring Run, City of Baltimore County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Echodale Avenue to Sinclair Lane)
Gunpowder Falls, Baltimore County, 19 miles away
      Class I - 7 miles long (Lower Loch Raven Dam to Route 1)
Gunpowder Falls, Baltimore County, 19 miles away
      Class I-III - 2 miles long (Prettyboy Dam to Falls Road)
 Ski Areas Near Patapsco River:
Ski Roundtop, Pennsylvania , 46 miles away, 600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 15 runs
Ski Liberty, Pennsylvania , 48 miles away, 620 foot drop, 8 lifts, 16 runs
Blue Marsh, Pennsylvania , 77 miles away, 315 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Marinas Near Patapsco River:
Middle Branch Marina, Baltimore , 11 miles away
Harborview Marina & Yacht Club, Baltimore , 13 miles away
Harborview Marina, Baltimore , 13 miles away
Center Dock Marina, Baltimore , 13 miles away
Henderson's Wharf Marina, Baltimore , 14 miles away
 Hotels Near Patapsco River:
The Wayside Inn Bed Breakfas, Ellicott City , 1 miles away
Ramada Baltimore West, Baltimore , 2 miles away
Residence Inn Columbia, Ellicott City , 3 miles away
Hampton Inn Columbia MD, Columbia , 3 miles away
Sonesta ES Suites Columbia Baltimore, Columbia , 3 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Patapsco River:
Patapsco Valley State Park, Ellicott City, 1 miles away
Patapsco State Park - Hilton, Elkridge, 3 miles away
Sports International, Columbia, 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Patapsco River:
Greenbelt Park, Greenbelt - MD , 16 miles away
Glen Echo Park, McLean - VA , 29 miles away
Patapsco Valley State Park, Maryland , 11 miles away
Patuxent River State Park, Maryland , 23 miles away
North Point State Park, Maryland , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Patapsco River:
Timbers at Troy Golf Course, Elkridge , 4 miles away
Mammoth Golf, Columbia , 4 miles away
Fairway Hills Golf Club, Columbia , 6 miles away
 Lakes Near Patapsco River
Silver Lake, Baltimore (city) , 10 miles away
Burba Lake, Anne Arundel , 10 miles away
Druid Lake, Baltimore (city) , 11 miles away

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