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Difficulty II
Length 4 Miles
Flow Range 2.40 - 6.80 FT
Flow Rate as of: 59 minutes ago 2.98 [FT] 👍 ℹ️ ⚠️
Reach Info Last Updated 06/11/2019 2:19 am

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.


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Upper Yough Access Guidelines and Fundraiser

Charlie Walbridge

At Maryland's Upper Yough, one of the country's finest whitewater runs, American Whitewater has been maintaining the Sang Run Access for the past 20 years. With the 4th of July weekend coming up, a quick reminder that we are guests of the Town of Friendsville when we take out. In addition changing clothes discretely ad behaving respectfully, please observe social distancing during the pandemic. Garrett County has a low infection rate, and a mask when patronizing local businesses is the norm. We are also beginning our annual fundraiser to pay the expenses American Whitewater has at Sang Run. Out goal is $1,000, and we have already received $160. The Fee Box at Sang Run is still closed due to vandalism. We suggest $20 for the full season; $5 for one weekend. Please donate on line, or use the donation jar at the Wilderness Voyageurs shop at the takeout. Please go to and put "Upper Yough Access" in the comment box.

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Don Millard - AW Super Upper Yough Access Volunteer!

Charlie and Sandy Walbridge

American Whitewater super-volunteer Don Millard has been taking care of the Sang Run and Friendsville Access Areas on Maryland's Upper Youghioghenny River for the past several years. This bulds on a 2003 agreement between American Whitewater and Maryland State Parks, which owns the property. This year he rebuilt the change house and porta-pot shelter, set AW's sign back up, filled in potholes, and mowed acres of grass. He not only did the work, he donated the materials and machine time! This work givezs AW strong ties to the community (the place is also a fishing access) and local park managers. Also, thanks to him, boaters are not faced with a $5 access fee at both ends! Please remember, the pandemic is still on. Be smart. If you use the porta-pot, wash your hands or use sanitizer!

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Attention Virginia Boaters!

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


David Hall


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1208438 11/07/17 Tony Allred Jr n/a
1208439 11/07/17 Tony Allred Jr 11-7-2017 - added flows to new reach
1208442 11/07/17 Tony Allred Jr 11-7-2017 - cleanup
1208445 11/07/17 Tony Allred Jr 11-7-2017 - cleanup
1208449 11/07/17 Tony Allred Jr 11-7-2017 - cleanup
1208450 11/07/17 Tony Allred Jr 3-26-2018 - cleanup
1210704 12/14/18 Tony Allred Jr 12-15-2018 - cleanup
1212832 06/11/19 David Hall updated description