AW in the MidAtlantic

American Whitewater has a long history of working in the Mid-Atlantic. Our regional conservation and access program is directed towards securing recreational releases from dams and securing public access points to rivers, which would otherwise be lost due to development. Our work on securing releases on the Gauley and Yough (both Upper and Lower) have proven integral to developing regional rural economic strategies and building sustainable commercial markets for eco-tourism opportunities. We are lucky that West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland have fairly strong navigability and public access laws; however we are vigilant for any legislation that would reduce the public right to float. We are also increasingly concerned about the state of water quality in the Mid-Atlantic and the effect of surface mining and extractive mountain top mining removal in which unusable dross is simply pushed into sensitive headwaters streams and creeks.

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UPDATE - FEE BOX AT SANG RUN PUT-IN BROKEN INTO!!

Posted: 05/20/2019
by Charlie and Sandy Walbridge

The hasp was broken in the last 24 hours. Please DO NOT PUT MONEY IN THE BOX UNTIL IT IS REPAIRED! To donate on line, please go to https://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/Membership/donate/? and put "Upper Yough Access" in the comment box. Memorial Day Weekend is coming up, and Deep Creek Hydro on Maryland's famous Upper Youghiogheny River will release on Sunday, May 26th, and Monday, May 27th from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM. This marvelous stretch of expert-level whitewater draws hundreds of paddlers from all over the country. American Whitewater has worked closely with the Town of Friendsville and the State of Maryland to make river access hassle-free. Please remember that we are guests of the town of Friendsville. Use the paddler parking lot off Maple Street; do not park or take out on Water Street or Morris Street without permission from local residents. Be discrete; use the change house to get ready for the river. Remember that public drinking and rowdy behavior is not appreciated by nearby residents. Upstream, the Sang Run Access is owned by the State of Maryland and has been maintained by American Whitewater volunteers for almost 20 years. Please leave a donation in the fee box. $3 for a sin, go to gle use or $20 per season pays for the porta potty, gravel, and other expenses. The water has been running high for the past few weeks. Be careful and be safe!

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AW Wins Court Battle Protecting Green River (VT) Boating

Posted: 09/21/2018
by Robert Nasdor

The Vermont Superior Court sided with American Whitewater in a long-running dispute with the state over whitewater boating on the Green River in Morrisville. The Court overturned state restrictions that would have eliminated any meaningful opportunity for boaters to enjoy this extraordinary river and required scheduled releases in a ground breaking decision.

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Northeast Boaters Seek To Expand West River (VT) Boating

Posted: 12/06/2015
by Robert Nasdor

In response to of the state’s draft basin plan for southern Vermont, American Whitewater and scores of boaters pressed the state to support the expansion of releases on the West River. Restrictions by the Corps of Engineers and Agency of Natural Resources have led to the elimination of nearly all scheduled boating opportunities on the West River over the past two decades, eliminating recreation opportunity and hurting the local economy. AW and its partners have been working to restore these releases.

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Bellows Falls (VT) Flow Study Reveals Hidden Whitewater

Posted: 06/02/2015
by Robert Nasdor

A hardy group of northeast boaters climbed into the natural river channel below a hydropower dam to participate in a flow study designed to assess whether whitewater flows should be restored to this dewatered river reach on the Connecticut River. While significant obstacles remain, this site has the potential for providing instruction, playboating, and a big water feature that that could be run throughout much of the year and provide a much needed boost to the local economy. 


Upcoming Events

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Savage River Release
11:04 am -11:04 am est

Stonycreek Releases 2019
10:00 am -2:00 pm est
Water typically arrives at put-in around 10am, and starts to drop around 2pm.1350-350 cfs

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Stonycreek Releases 2019
10:00 am -2:00 pm est
Water typically arrives at put-in around 10am, and starts to drop around 2pm.1350-350 cfs

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Lehigh River Release
07:00 am -7:00 pm est
Scheduled Whitewater Releases850-650 cfs

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Lehigh River Release
07:00 am -7:00 pm est
Scheduled Whitewater Releases850-650 cfs

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Stonycreek Releases 2019
10:00 am -2:00 pm est
Water typically arrives at put-in around 10am, and starts to drop around 2pm.1350-350 cfs

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Stonycreek Releases 2019
10:00 am -2:00 pm est
Water typically arrives at put-in around 10am, and starts to drop around 2pm.1350-350 cfs

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Lehigh River Release
07:00 am -7:00 pm est
Scheduled Whitewater Releases850-650 cfs

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Lehigh River Release
07:00 am -7:00 pm est
Scheduled Whitewater Releases850-650 cfs

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New River Dries Release (WV)
09:00 am -3:00 pm est
These releases will occur if inflows are between 3,800 and 12,500. If flows are too high or too low they will be rescheduled for the following weekend. 2500-2200 cfs

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New River Dries Release (WV)
09:00 am -3:00 pm est
These releases will occur if inflows are between 3,800 and 12,500. If flows are too high or too low they will be rescheduled for the following weekend. 2500-2200 cfs

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Lehigh River Release White Haven,PA runs 05/10/08 - 08/18/19, next 05/26/19
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Tohickon Creek Point Pleasant,PA runs 05/20/06 - 03/18/12
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Gauley Releases Summersville,WV runs 09/09/05 - 10/18/15
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Potomac, North Branch Release Luke,MD runs 08/26/06 - 05/20/18
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Upper Yough Release Friendsville,MD runs 04/15/05 - 10/13/17
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Savage River Release Savage River Dam,MD runs 09/09/07 - 09/28/19, next 06/01/19
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American Whitewater Gauley Fest Summersville,WV runs 09/15/12 - 09/17/16
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Great Falls Race Great Falls,MD runs 07/04/15 - 07/04/15
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North Branch Potomac Luke,MD runs 04/15/17 - 05/26/19, next 05/26/19
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New River Dries Release (WV) Gauley Bridge,WV runs 03/23/19 - 07/20/19, next 06/29/19
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Stonycreek Releases 2019 Johnstown,PA runs 04/20/19 - 10/20/19, next 06/01/19
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Stonycreek Rendezvous Johnstown,PA runs 05/17/19 - 05/19/19
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Sultan Relicensing - Upper Yough Access (MD)

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Associated Projects

Clean Water Act
American Whitewater's advocacy to protect water quality.
Gauley River (WV)
For many years AW has worked on the protection of this river and advocated for public access.
Lehigh River (PA)
AW has worked with local paddling clubs to improve the recreational value of dam releases on the Lehigh
Upper Yough Access (MD)
AW collaboratively manages the put in for the Upper Youghiogheny River in Western Maryland.
Upper Yough Releases (MD)
American Whitewater worked closely with local paddlers and other stakeholders to negotiate an improved flow regime on the Upper Yough.
Virginia Access
Virginia has some superb rivers and river access laws among the worst in the Nation. American Whitewater is working to assure the basic right to float down a stream in Virginia.