Potomac - 5. Anglers Inn to Lock 10

Potomac, Maryland, US/Virginia, US


5. Anglers Inn to Lock 10

Usual Difficulty II (for normal flows)
Length 4 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-01646500 2.20 - 6.80 ft II 01h02m 4.51 ft (running)
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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.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-12-14 19:56:55


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Angler's InnN/APutin
0.7Offut IslandII+
2.0Yellow FallsII
3.3Stubblefield FallsII
4.0Lock 10N/ATakeout

Rapid Descriptions

Angler's Inn (Class N/A)

Access point river left

Offut Island (Class II+, Mile 0.7)

Good surfing on the river left side of the island from 4.2 to 5.0 on the gauge

Stubblefield Falls (Class II, Mile 3.3)

Roughly parallel to Carderock river access.  Last rapid above the I-495 bridge.

Lock 10 (Class N/A, Mile 4.0)

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.

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