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Difficulty II
Length 4 Miles
Flow Range 2.20 - 6.80 FT
Flow Rate as of: 22 minutes ago 5 [FT] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 12/14/2018 7:56 pm

River Description

River Description
The Potomac River below Anglers Inn is an easier run than the Mather Gorge section just upstream, but is still in the back yard of Washington, D.C. This fact contributes to the strong boating community in the metropolitan region. In this section, the river maintains it's wild and remote feeling, except for at choice spots where Virginia has allowed sloppy development to mar the shore.
The river offers play and practice for beginners to experts and numerous sections can be run. This description will deal with the rapids and access points and doesn't provide details on the numerous play spots.  Make sure you know the take-out from the river - there is a dangerout low head dam downriver above Little Falls
- Angler's Inn. Put-in Reach via MacArthur Blvd. Park in one of three gravel or dirt lots across from the Angler's Inn, a fine restaurant. Carry across the canal, then 100 feet south on the towpath, then right down to the shore. From the river, the beach is easily seen on river left.
- Carderock. Reach via Clara Barton Parkway. Park at Carderock picnic area. Path across grassy area leads to small access. From the river, the access is a muddy bank.
- Lock 10. Take-out.  Reach via Clara Barton Parkway. Park at Lock 10 lot. Trail leads down to shore. From the river, you need to take a river left side channel to find the path.  Make sure you know the take-out from the river - there is a dangerout low head dam downriver above Little Falls.

Rapid Descriptions

Angler's Inn

Class - N/A Mile - 0
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Access point river left

Offut Island

Class - II+ Mile - 0.7
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Good surfing on the river left side of the island from 4.2 to 5.0 on the gauge

Yellow Falls

Class - II Mile - 2
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Stubblefield Falls

Class - II Mile - 3.3
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Roughly parallel to Carderock river access.  Last rapid above the I-495 bridge.

Lock 10

Class - N/A Mile - 4
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Access point river left.  Make sure you know the takeout from the river as there is a dangerous low head dam downstream above Little Falls.


Summary of Gauge Readings

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5.00 ft ℹ️ 00h22m

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Upper Yough Access Fundraiser a Big Success

2019-01-07 21:16:00-05
Charlie Walbridge

Tonight American Whitewater presented the Town of Friendsville, Maryland with a $5000 check towards the extension of the Upper Yough Access Parking Area. This, combined with a $1000 donation from Keelhaulers Canoe Club, made a strong statement of how much paddlers value the river and the town! Under the leadership of Mayor Spencer Schlosnagle and long time paddler and Friendsville resident Jess Whittemore the town raised $7 in additional funding for every dollar paddlers donated - just like they did on the initial construction! This makes these gifts a great value for the whitewater community. A big shout out and thank you to ALL who donated!

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Attention Virginia Boaters!

2003-04-24 00:00:00-04
Jason Robertson

During the high waters of Spring 2003, there has been a noticeable increase in reported confrontations between boaters and property owners in Virginia. Please remember to be respectful and courteous to property owners; do not trespass; and avoid confrontation in order to preserve access in the future.

Tony Allred Jr