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Pennsylvania whitewater, Octoraro Creek

Chester county, Octoraro Lake to New Bridge Rd Maryland section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I     15 miles
Not at all deep, wide and shallow, nice parking but if you get to the very end where Octoraro Creek meets the Susquehanna it can get pretty nasty. Good place to train beginers but if they go out too far you may never see them again. Somedays the current at the mouth gets to be too much unless you have a rider picking you up downstream a couple miles. Says Chesapeake

The wonderful Pennsylvania scenery and the cool fresh water have
    people coming here. The Octoraro Lake to New Bridge Rd Maryland section of Octoraro Creek is 15 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class I section. The average Pennsylvania whitewater rafting
or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master than those in other states, so better not forget that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. 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. If you hurry you can run this stretch in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so why not pack your camp stove too. There are a few other sections in this  
river system that can be paddled as well. The starting point is not too far from Lancaster, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. There's camping available near Octoraro Creek. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature will make you glad you came.

Briefly about the general area:
You beyond doubt should go to Susquehanna State Park since you're here at Octoraro Creek; one of the best things about this location is its proximity to Roachs Shore.

Octoraro Creek, Octoraro Lake to New Bridge Rd Maryland 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, 3 miles away
      Class II - 6 miles long (New Bridge Road to Richardsmere)
Octoraro Creek, Chester County, 3 miles away
      Class I - 15 miles long (Octoraro Lake to New Bridge Rd Maryland)
Conowingo Creek, Cecil County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2 miles long (Oakwood to Susquehanna River)
Northeast Creek, Cecil County, 10 miles away
      Class V - 4 miles long (below covered bridge on Route 272)
Big Elk Creek, Cecil County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II - 12.6 miles long (Pennsylvania Route 341 to Elkton)
Broad Creek, Harford County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 4.5 miles long (MD Route 136 to Maryland Route 623)
Muddy Creek - Susquehanna Tributary, York County, 16 miles away
      Class II(III) - 5 miles long (Paper Mill Road to Susquehanna River)
Susquehanna River, York County, 19 miles away
      Class III+ - 2 miles long (Holtwood)
Buck Run, Chester County, 21 miles away
      Class II - 4 miles long (Doe Run Church Road to Brandywine Confluence)
Brandywine Creek - West Branch, Chester County, 22 miles away
      Class III - 6.6 miles long (Pennsylvania 340 to Mortonville)
 Ski Areas Near Octoraro Creek:
Blue Marsh, Pennsylvania , 36 miles away, 315 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Bear Creek, Pennsylvania , 50 miles away, 510 foot drop, 7 lifts, 21 runs
Spring Mountain, Pennsylvania , 52 miles away, 420 foot drop, 6 lifts, 9 runs
Ski Roundtop, Pennsylvania , 61 miles away, 600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 15 runs
Blue Mountain, Pennsylvania , 69 miles away, 1082 foot drop, 9 lifts, 33 runs
Big Boulder, Pennsylvania , 77 miles away, 475 foot drop, 7 lifts, 16 runs
Jack Frost, Pennsylvania , 78 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 21 runs
Camelback, Pennsylvania , 85 miles away, 800 foot drop, 15 lifts, 34 runs
Mount Airy Lodge, Pennsylvania , 89 miles away, 250 foot drop, 3 lifts, 6 runs
Ski Liberty, Pennsylvania , 90 miles away, 620 foot drop, 8 lifts, 16 runs
 Marinas Near Octoraro Creek:
Perryville Yacht Club, Perryville , 10 miles away
Owens Marina, Perryville , 10 miles away
Tidewater Marina, Havre De Grace , 11 miles away
Penns Beach Marina at Heron Harbor, Havre De Grace , 11 miles away
Lee's Marina, North East , 12 miles away
 Beaches Near Octoraro Creek:
Roachs Shore, Cecil , 13 miles away
Belcamp Beach, Harford , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Octoraro Creek:
Days Inn Perryville, Perryville , 9 miles away
Best Western North East Inn, North East , 10 miles away
Super 8 Havre De Grace Aberdeen Area, Havre de Grace , 11 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites NORTH EAST, North East , 11 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites, North East , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Octoraro Creek:
Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park, Quarryville, 6 miles away
D and J Shady Rest Campsites, Oxford, 8 miles away
Happy Valley Campground, Cecil County, 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Octoraro Creek:
Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Bethlehem - PA , 66 miles away
Greenbelt Park, Greenbelt - MD , 68 miles away
Susquehanna State Park, Maryland , 9 miles away
Elk Neck State Park, Maryland , 14 miles away
Rocks State Park, Maryland , 24 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Octoraro Creek:
Beaver Bend Par 3, Peach Bottom , 6 miles away
Chesapeake Bay Golf Club At Rising Sun, Rising Sun , 8 miles away
Wyncote Golf Club, Oxford , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near Octoraro Creek
Susquehanna River Reservoir, Cecil , 8 miles away
Broad Creek Memorial Camp Reservoir, Harford , 13 miles away
Lake Aldred, Lancaster , 18 miles away

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