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Difficulty I
Length 9 Miles
Gauge NORTH BRANCH POTOMAC RIVER AT LUKE, MD
Flow Range 275 - 3300 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 35 minutes ago 569 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 12/14/2018 5:41 pm

River Description


River Description:   Easy paddle with mostly good current through wooded valley with views of high cliffs on WV side.  Alternate take-outs are Allegany County Fairgrounds (7 mile run) and Upper Potomac Industrial Park (9 mile run), both on MD side of river.  
 
Rapid Description:    None, since removal of 5-foot dam approximately 6 miles after Pinto. Gravel bars in constricted areas could contain strainers.

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Directions Description


Put-in:  From McMullen Highway (US 220) just north of the Rt 956 bridge turnoff.  There is a gravel road off to the right that crosses the railroad tracks in an odd humped crossing (check for trains).  After the RR crossing turn right and follow the road towards the river until it comes to a parking area under the Rt 956 bridge.

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Upper Yough Access Depends on Everyone

7/16/2019
Charlie and Sandy Walbridge

Many thanks those who have contributed to AW's Sang Run Access Fund on line. We raised just under $300 last week, a great start! Our goal is $1000 to pay for the porta potty and gravel. Let's get it done! To donate, please go to https://www.americanwhitewater.org/conte…/Membership/donate/? and and write "Upper Yough Access" in the comment line. Let's also give a special shout out to Don Millard, who has cut the grass in both Friendsville and Sang Run for many years to keep our access costs low. If not for him you might see a parking fee of $5 a head at both ends! The Upper Yough Race is July 27 this year.Be there! Jeff Macklin photo.

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Gauley Fest - September 13-16, 2018 - Summersville, WV

9/4/2018
Mark Singleton

Get your groove on baby! This year Gauley Fest is a 60’s themed event to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. To memorialize that historic event we are flashing back to another era for a 60’s throwdown. Started in 1983 to celebrate the derailment of a hydro-electric project that would have disrupted the flows on the Gauley River, Gauley Fest has grown to become the largest paddling festival in the world.

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2018 Letter To Gauley Boaters From The NPS (WV)

8/21/2018
Mark Singleton

American Whitewater received the following open letter to boaters from the rangers and staff of the Gauley River National Recreation Area. This letter will keep you up to date on important management actions of the National Park Service on the Gauley River. Enjoy your paddling season on this classic whitewater river. As in past years, American Whitewater has leased the field above Masons Branch, also known as the Legg field, for overflow parking.

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Cheat Canyon Settlement Reached; Land Set Aside for Endangered Species

2/13/2007
Charles Walbridge

After two years of intense negotiations an agreement reached to protect endangered species in the Cheat River Canyon. Allegheny Wood Products acquired roughly 5,000 acres in the Cheat Canyon below Albright, WV in 2003 for $9.75 million. When they began building roads and cutting trees the following year the government took no steps to enforce the Endangered Species Act. A lawsuit was filed in 2005 by Friends of Blackwater Canyon, the WV Chapter of the Sierra Club, and the Cheat Lake Environmental and Recreational Association. Although American Whitewater was not a party to the litigation we are gratified that an agreement was reached and commend both parties for their efforts.
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Tony Allred Jr

Revisions

Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1207865 07/03/17 Tony Allred Jr 7-3-2017 - cleanup
1207799 06/28/17 Tony Allred Jr 6-28-2017 - added distance
1207793 06/28/17 Tony Allred Jr n/a
1207796 06/28/17 Tony Allred Jr 6-28-2017 - added new reach
1207794 06/28/17 Tony Allred Jr 6-28-2017 - added new reach
1207797 06/28/17 Tony Allred Jr 6-28-2017 - added new reach
1207883 07/07/17 Tony Allred Jr 7-5-2017 - adjusted levels
1207850 06/30/17 Tony Allred Jr 7-3-2017 - divided flow into "low runnable", "medium runnable" and "high runnable"
1207885 07/07/17 Tony Allred Jr 2-18-2018 - cleanup
1209016 02/28/18 Tony Allred Jr 4-15-2018 - small edit/cleanup
1210694 12/14/18 Tony Allred Jr 12-15-2018 - added WV with MD listing
1210696 12/14/18 Tony Allred Jr 12-15-2018 - cleanup