Whitewater: a surprisingly beautiful creek that is rarely muddy, with fantastic geological features and almost always some great wildlife (and locals). It has a series of riffles and small features, with one 4’ drop (Snap Falls) and one class IV rapid, Muddy Falls or the Gorge. The portage around this rapid can be challenging and good shoes are essential. The Muddy is a tributary of the Susquehanna River, which is dammed here by the Conowingo Dam. The Muddy’s biggest drawback is a 1.5 mile stretch of flat water between the last rapid and the takeout. Be sure to save some energy, and check the forecast. A strong headwind at the end can make you cry.
Difficulty & Must Haves: Class II+ (one IV portage) Section Length: 5 miles. Time: 5-7 hours. Required Equipment: Boat suitable for whitewater, paddle, skirt, helmet, PFD, whistle, water, dry bag. Recreational boats with skirts can run this section of river. Required Skills: Paddlers must have good boat control, be able to catch and exit eddies in moving water, ferry and wet-exit safely.
Nice to Have & Human Interest:
Lunch and snacks, extra water, sunscreen, glasses holder, throw-rope.
Additional Notes & Shuttle Info:
39°46’45.4″N 76°17’17.2″W https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zjduWflhNnK4.k4s1YwOeLmts. The put in is on Paper Mill Road, which has no real parking to speak of. Pull off to the side of the road and obey signage to the extent possible. Send paddlers to the take out on Cold Cabin Road as soon as they have dropped off their equipment. Brad Nelson, owner of Stark Moon Kayak on Cold Cabin Road, has a van and will shuttle up to XX people for XX dollars. The first ones to the take out should rustle him up. Bring money to share the shuttle cost! Additional Notes: Save energy for that flat water paddle at the end. It is no joke, especially for newer whitewater paddlers who have yet to master the perfect forward stroke. There is a porta-potty at the take out. Bring money to share costs of the shuttle; and don’t be afraid to poke around Brad’s shop on your way out. He has some interesting kayak relics and paddlers have been known to score really good deals on used boats.