Gunpowder Riverkeeper


Theaux Le Gardeur
[email protected]
(410) 967-3526

The Gunpowder River is an important resource for the state of Maryland. The river and its reservoirs provide the drinking water for Baltimore City’s 1.5 million residents. The river is a nationally recognized tail-water trout fishery and an important tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. The Gunpowder River is 53 miles long. The river is formed by the joining of Big Gunpowder Falls and Little Gunpowder Falls and flows through Maryland’s largest state park. Gunpowder State Park is a popular destination for fishing, birding, picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.

Theaux Le Gardeur, the Riverkeeper and Executive Director of Gunpowder Riverkeeper, is a native of Covington, Louisiana and owns Backwater Angler, a full service fly shop and guide service located in Monkton, Maryland. He graduated from the University of South Alabama and completed a BS in Marine Science at Dauphin Island Sea Lab. He is a Maryland State sports License Agent, a Nature Tourism Partner with Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources and has been a member of a steering committee that focused on user group conflicts and issues within Gunpowder State Park.


PARKTON, Maryland 21120