Potomac, North Branch - 5. Bloomington, MD to Keyser, WV


Potomac, North Branch, Maryland, US/West Virginia, US

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5. Bloomington, MD to Keyser, WV

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 7.5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 20 fpm
Max Gradient 20 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
NORTH BRANCH POTOMAC RIVER AT LUKE, MD
usgs-01598500 400 - 2400 cfs I-II 01h52m 251 cfs (too low)


River Description

Portage the dam at the paper mill in Luke, MD on river right.

Lat/longitude coords are approximate, from TopoZone.
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2009-05-27 01:39:40

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.3Westvaco damN/APortage Hazard

Rapid Descriptions

Westvaco dam (Class N/A, Mile 0.3)

Portage this low head dam on river right.




User Comments


2015-07-29 06:37:40 (36 days ago)
Ontheriver83 (157602)
This is actually a really fun run!!! You have to portage around the dam at 1 - 2 miles in on river
right and walk the train tracks about 1/8 mile....once you've done that get ready for some fun!!!!
If river is at 800 CFCs or up lots of big wave trains and fun Rapids all the way to keyser!!! That
said the water is cold and once you get to the paper mill it smells VERY BAD!!!!!! Whatever is
pumping from that paper mill is nasty!!! It has turned the rocks red and the smell stays in your
nostrils for 2 days!!! But for 3 - 6 foot wave trains, I'll take that any day of the week!! Really
good run for people new to the sport!!
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