Two Savage River recreational whitewater releases are sponsored by the Adventuresport Program at
Garrett College in McHenry, MD this year: Sunday,
July 5 and Saturday, September 26.
Paddlers are reminded to 1) sign a Garrett College waiver
, and 2) use
the Garrett College shuttle to minimize traffic on Savage River Road. The shuttle service over
Memorial Day Weekend was very efficient, and took less time than driving your own car up and down
the river. A donation of $10 is requested to help pay for this service.
The releases will draw hundreds of whitewater enthusiasts. The College has worked closely
with the VERSO Luke Mill, the Mayland Department of Natural Resources, The Upper Potomac
River Commission, The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the North Branch Potomac River Advisory
Committee (on which AW has a seat) to make thease release happen. Additionally, outfitters
led by Precision Rafting check the river for strainers before the release. Remember that more
trees can fall at any time, and paddlers need to stay alert.
Permission to use the take-out over VERSO property for future events depends on paddlers
utilizing the shuttle, so please participate in this great service. Come visit the Savage
and find out what the excitement is about!