TIME: 10:00am - 3:00pm (prompt start, estimated end)
Early season paddle on the Brandywine.
Brandywine River – West Branch – Corcoran’s Bridge to Shaw’s Park
1696 Embreeville Rd
Coatesville, PA 19320
Recreational: a well shaded, narrower section of the river with faster moving water. Plenty of gentle rock gardens and gravel riffles to play in. The trip is about 6 miles on the Brandywine River. Approximate time on river is estimated at 3 hours. This trip is on the moving water of this narrow river winding through the Chester County countryside.
Difficulty & Must Haves:
Minimum water level of 2.5-3 feet at Chadd’s Ford is recommended for this run, unless you would rather walk your boat on those gravel beds. This trip is fine after basic training. If running in spring or after a big storm watch for strainers.
Rec boats from 9-14 feet work best on the river. White water boats can also be used.
Nice to Have & Human Interest:
This is a fun run in spring when the water levels are higher and you may encounter some small playful wave trains. You will encounter some interesting houses on this stretch of the river.
Additional Notes & Shuttle Info:
Shuttle: 39°55’17.1″N 75°38’39.2″W https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zjduWflhNnK4.ksBhY74foxlk. Free parking across the street from the Put-in for Cheslan Preserve. Port-a-potty restroom at take out during season. Shaw’s Park is very popular in summer and on occasion no parking may be available. Do not park along the road, it is highly policed, instead use the parking for the soccer fields which can be a walk. An early start (before 9am) usually solves this.