Savage Release Sept 9th!
The 2007 release schedule for Savage River Dam has been posted on the public website: http://www.nab-wc.usace.army.mil/northBranch.html. This page also includes three day projections for daytime release rates for Jennings Randolph Lake and Savage River Dam. Scroll down to find the recreational release schedule.
Managing these releases will require the cooperation of a number of organizations and
businesses. New Page / Luke Paper Company and D&L Coal Company, who own the takeout,
have graciously agreed to allow public access. Adventure Sports Center
International will be taking care of many of the logistics needed to meet the
concerns of various parties. The Adventure Sports Institute is running free
Local organizers ask that paddlers park at the put in, sign waivers, and then catch the free
shuttle at the takeout. There is very limited parking at the takeout. The last
release went great, and continued patience with this very new opportunity is greatly
These releases are the result of multi-party negotiations between the various agencies in
charge of operating the dam, state agencies, anglers, paddlers, and other stakeholders. We
would like to thank Larry Lubbers for representing AW and ACA in these negotiations as a
volunteer. We would also like to thank Adventure Sports International, the
Adventure Sports Institute, New Page / Luke Paper Company, D&L Coal Company, the
Upper Potomac River Commission, the Army Corps of Engineers, Precision Rafting, and the
Maryland State Police, for making this season's releases a great success.
Please enjoy these rare paddling opportunities and be careful out there. The Savage is likely impacted by flow regulation in a manner that encourages vegetation to encroach into the river channel. We hope that these releases will go well and lead to many years of enjoyment of the Savage.