10 Brandywine Ave
Downingtown, PA 19335
Recreational: the more adventurous branch of the Brandywine. Starts from the heart of Downingtown and is a well shaded paddle, which surprisingly gives the illusion of unspoiled woodland. At lower levels the rocks present a pleasant obstacle course.
Difficulty & Must Haves:
Minimum water level of 2.8-3 feet at Chadd’s Ford is recommended for this run, unless you have a taste for knuckle walking. This trip is fine for beginners with a little experience. Rec boats from 9-14 feet work best on the river. White water boats can also be used. There is a small dam that comes soon after the put-in which should be portaged. Helmets and spray skirts are recommended to run this dam on the river left.
Nice to Have & Human Interest:
Lunch would usually be along the riverbanks. Though it is advisable to also pack a snack that is accessible while you are paddling.
Additional Notes & Shuttle Info:
Shuttle: 39°55’17.1″N 75°38’39.2″W https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zjduWflhNnK4.kaCEP2I6NlBw. 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.