PAN Access Advisory
Muddy Creek south of Lancaster PA
by Bing Garthright, (301-330-1225) April 21, 2004. Updated by Tony Allred, 2010.
Muddy Creek, (southeast of York, PA and south of Lancaster, PA.) -- Any parking on Papermill Road in the vicinity of the creek is subject to towing. Both sides of the road on both sides of the bridge are considered by the property owner/towing service no parking/no trespassing. Posting is unclear about specific area posted. Therefore, should consider entire area where Papermill road approaches Creek POSTED. Paddlers' cars have been towed w/o additional notice from anywhere where Papermill road approaches creek. Starrk-Moon Outfitters on Cold Cabin Road will run a shuttle for a fee, so that no cars are left at the Papermill Road bridge. This is the option most paddlers use now.
PA 74 bridge put-in -- One remaining, perhaps fragile put-in with no adverse posting, but with a 75-yard carry, is to put in on the right bank, upstream from the Rte 74 bridge, now that the old dam has been removed. Park on the right side of the road when facing south, on the south side of the bridge (i.e., SW side). (The left (SE) side of the road would be very dangerous due to speeding traffic there.)
PA 74 bridge put-in: SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS: DO NOT RING the doorbell to ask permission of the landowners. They own a dog kennel and this just gets the dogs barking. When dropping canoes/kayaks, don't block the driveway or the mailbox even temporarily. Leave as few cars as possible near the bridge. Although there is physical room for 6 cars, if you return from the shuttle with more than 2 cars, and if it's not a Sunday, consider parking most of the cars at the church parking lot about one-half mile north of the bridge (i.e., run a second shuttle just for drivers of return vehicles); on Sunday, run that second shuttle even further. This information thanks to Brian Mahoney of Lancaster Canoe Club (LCC), gotten to PAN through Dick Swomley of LCC and MCC.
PLEASE NOTE: No private owner or organization ever invites paddlers to use their land. Most are kind enough to tolerate it. Just as we paddle at our own risk, we use advisories, parking spaces, and access sites at our own risk.