248 S Creek Rd
West Chester, PA 19382
Recreational: a pleasant paddle through serene, sparsely populated landscape of old farms and country estates. A treat for bird watchers as there are plenty of herons, ducks, kingfisher and an occasional hawk. You might run into some fishermen as they favor this section of the river.
Difficulty & Must Haves:
Minimum water level of 2 feet at Chadd’s Ford is recommended for this run, unless you have a taste for knuckle walking. This trip is fine after basic training. Rec boats from 9-14 feet work best on the river. There are two Portage points on this stretch. The first is soon after launch. You will need to portage the dam (which is on river right) at its down river end. The second is after the PA-926 bridge. Carry left of the rocky Wyeth dam, but stay out of the mill race.
Nice to Have & Human Interest:
A large hat and plenty of water is recommended. Bring your river walking shoes for the portages.
Additional Notes & Shuttle Info:
Shuttle: 39°52’17.6″N 75°35’41.0″W https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=z0We5CLCBWqo.kcEgR4_B20og. Port-a-potty restroom at Put-in 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. Brandywine River Museum has a parking fee during summer months during museum hours.