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Hi ! Gentle folks, Happy February. HAPPY SPRING .....  come on up..... Welcome to Antietam Creek Canoe. For those new here; We are a unique Maryland Canoe, Kayak & Tube, Livery in an Old Power Plant up here right on historic Antietam Creek. We run trips, rent canoes kayaks and tubes, teach paddling In the Antietam Creek and Seneca Creek areas of the Potomac; peddle Antiques when we're not paddling and generally have a nice time.  It's as fun and exciting up here as it is historic and beautiful. Bring the Kids & the dog!

 
              

WYSIWYG - These are thumbs: Girl Scout tubing trip; our front yard put in for trips to Burnside Bridge, Potomac and Bermuda;
The wedding couple leaving for their honeymoon...REALLY!; Classic Poo; Devil's Backbone dam, the Park is Just on the upstream side of our bridge;
fishing/trout;
 
Small Falls On the Creek below Middle Bridge very near McClellan's HQ
...; Antietam Trip Leader ...nice form, color coordinated, great attitude.
In all we pretty much suffer a low hectic index.

We will be selling boats through Spring.:  Still selling some 14 & 16 foot MadRiver Explorer canoes,
 and some odds and ends......mostly odds., Dagger Meridian, Blue Hole OCA original! email or call if Interested.

[USGS daily water level  link for Antietam Creek, For Entire Potomac Watershed.
         We want 2.6 for lower section and 3.2 for upper section]

 [Today's Boonsboro Weather  Information]     [Today's Chesapeake & WASH D.C. Tide chart
[we lead exciting doable trips in tidal D.C. as well as Seneca Creek to Little Falls .. bring your camera]

LINKs TO AREA Put ins, take outs GPS LOCATIONS - Creek Points

Creek Right now  Sat. 03/30/2014 =  3.08..... 48 today WOW Spring?,  [There's warm around the corner. This Mon near 65] , a probable 4.2+  [900-cfs]  cooler Sunday @about 47 Breezy, rain all day. Unfortunately they changed the favorable predictions from Sunday to Monday.  Quick level for rec. boaters. Dress right and check your gear; paddle with good paddlers who know the creek. Water temp is normal cold for Antietam [ figure low 40s this weekend]  Be careful out there boating or not.

Note: Antietam creek flow [CFS] rises about 600CFS for each foot of creek level. Gradient is about 7 feet per mile avg.  3 feet on the Sharpsburg gauge is 300CFS and is a nice class I-2ish canoeing level, at 4 feet the volume triples to 900cfs, fast for this creek and class I/II-ish. At 5ft it's 1500CFS solid class II with consequences for recreational boaters. At 7 feet [over bank ,flood] it's 2800CFS, same as the normal Gauley release and dangerous. Antietam can have walk around strainers and deadfall at any level.

.Note: "Canoe Zero" Lower = 2.5 Volume about 150/170CFS, Upper 3.2 300+CFS, Kayak zero 2.3, Zero = a little bumpy; below zero = a lot bumpy . 

 Devil's Backbone Park [DBB Park] is closed for winter.   For temporary parking etc. you can unload at our gate apron and Park up on our hill. We'll shuttle you to the take out, if you call ...........takes us about 10 minutes to get from our house to DBB, the put in.  Bring a rod, permit. gear and a sense of humor.

 
Antietam Creek [history link], the best 22 miles of it, is within an hour of Washington and Baltimore and we are right in the middle at mile post 10....  Kayak, canoe, tube, fish, or just fiddle around. [here's how you contact us]     
More history :   http://bridges.marylandmemories.org/boothsMill.html                 

2014 -  With luck by Summer we'll be living in The Power Plant most of the time....and We will be running Antietam and Seneca canoe and kayak trips and classes w shuttles all year on our own and with Canoe Kayak and Paddle Co. [CKAPCO] [sched. by apt only. ] ACA Instructor Certification Workshop and Exam  follow-up course in mid June L-1 Intro through L-4 Whitewater. Call or email.

Sample of available Antietam Creek trips, [just click here]

We run [by appointment and reservation] daily rentals, shuttles and trips from Devil's Backbone through Antietam Battlefield to Burnside Bridge and to the Potomac.  We give instruction on River Safety, and run American Canoe Association [ACA] certification and skill courses as well as guided trips: canoe, kayak, tube. We leave Antietam Creek on request and run trips/classes on Washington DC's waterfront, Seneca Creek [Violette's Lock & Riley's Lock Loops] Potomac Taylor's/Snyder's to Brunswick or venue of your choice. All services are initiated by email or phone appointment & confirmed by deposit. Short notice is possible for unguided trips and shuttles. Do Not rely on a phone message!  Livery details here

This 1833 Charles Wilson / Delamere Bridge [variously called Booth's Mill Bridge, Devil's Backbone Bridge] is in our front yard and about 30 feet from our parking lot. Our put-in for the Creek's lower section is just at the left arch in the picture [click it for full size]. This is the bridge that Stonewall Jackson crossed en route to capture Harper's Ferry in 1862. Lots and lots of history up here. http://bridges.marylandmemories.org/boothsMill.html 

Scheduled trips and classes are listed here:

For the 2014 SEASON. We have new and almost new 16 and 14 foot Mad River Explorer Canoes, solo  Dagger Zydeco kayaks, odds and ends and a SHUTTLE BUS, a real honest to goodness magic school bus.!!!!! with new paint ....it can't be yellow. [Still not legal for the road] livery details are here

                          
coming along slowly27.. but done except for insides, final tune up and inspection.

We are located near Boonsboro Maryland in the (work in process) 1st hydro-electric power plant in Washington County, at Devil's Backbone, where MD rt. 68 crosses the Creek. 19005 Lappans Road  Boonsboro, MD 21713. Come on up, or down if that makes more sense...... and bring oatmeal cookies.  It's a fun place, a pretty place with lots of history ; lots to do and see.......Click here for a map link or go to Area Info. for directions and  more detail.

Send us an email if you have questions, suggestions or find something we've done on the tilt side of stupid - we're at paddle@antietamcreek.com   Our hard line in Cool Hollow  Before 9am and after 9pm. is 301 302 7534. Our phone at the Mill for Spring 2014 is 240 447 0444 cell - please don't rely on any voice mails.  

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