Octoraro Invitational Inter-club Paddle
Thirteenth Annual Octoraro Invitational
Saturday, May 6, 2017 @ 10 a.m.
To all members and nonmembers, NEW!! READ BELOW!
This is an invitation to all members (and non-members) to join other local clubs at the Octoraro Creek Invitational Inter-club Paddle. Some of the clubs that may participate include the Wilmington Trail Club, the Lancaster Canoe Club, the Outdoor Club of South Jersey, and the Conewago Canoe Club. This is not a club sanctioned event and each participant assumes all risks and liabilities involved. In the past, there has been upwards of 30 participants. The Octoraro is a rocky creek so recreational or whitewater boats are preferred. Come and run rapids like Eagle’s Bend, Washboard, and Little Niagara.
THIS WILL BE RAIN OR SHINE NOT CONTINGENT ON WATER LEVEL, (this event has never been canceled). The lively upper section will be run if there is low water. In 2013 the upper section was run at a little over 90cfs with little or no dragging. No need to sign up, just show up at the big gas station Royal Farms at 10AM at the intersection of Rt. 222 and Rt. 1. This is the second intersection of these two routes if traveling northeast from the Conowingo dam. The gas station has restrooms and basic food if needed. For those looking for a local restaurant for breakfast, there is the Stone House Restaurant less than a mile north from the gas station on Rt. 222.
The section we run depends on the water level. If there is 175cfs or better we run the lower section from New Bridge Road to near Rt. 222. If less, we run the middle section from Lee's Bridge Road to New Bridge Road. The middle section is class 1+ and the lower class 1-2. If there is around 400cfs or more (fast water), we may opt to run both the middle and lower sections (depending on the desire of the participants). In case of low water below 140cfs, the upper can be run. Although there is nothing over class 1 on the upper, it is lively and very scenic. Whatever section we run, we will probably see at least one eagle sighting.
Terry Wright firstname.lastname@example.org