I joined AW specifically to add info to this stretch of river. Ran it at 1080 cfs and I can confidently say at this level there are about a dozen class IV wave trains.
The ledge seen in many pictures tossed two paddlers in my group of three, and one was very experienced. Once you start seeing the rock formation behind you after a bend, be sure to go left on this upcoming ledge.
I'm not sure who posted that you should run this anywhere above 1100 or so. This run was the site of some pretty hardcore paddlers in the 70's so I wonder if the rapids and water levels were defined by those who didn't want to characterize a major tributary as too tricky.
I believe it's a class III at much lower water levels.
Pour-over: if you use the designated takeout, walk along the banks until you see the 5 ft pour over. To avoid this later, find the middle channel in the river (the pour over is in the rover left channel).
Lastly, I don't think the boulders in the other poster's pictures are along this run, but rather further downriver.
There are 2 riverwide strainers in this section as of 2-29-04,both are easily portaged..looks like Tim Lewis has a summer job
4 years ago
by Alex Padon
Rough correlations between Cabins gauge in feet vs cfs:
5.0' = ~370 cfs, 5.1' = ~425 cfs, 5.2' =~480, 5.3' =~550 cfs, 5.5' =~654 cfs, 6.0' = ~1130
cfs, 6.5' = ~1,620 cfs, 7.0' = ~2,370 cfs, 7.5' = ~3,110 cfs, 8.0' = ~4,070 cfs
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At the put in
NF SB Potomac, ledges & scenery
After the flood
Seneca Creek Valley
N Fork S Branch Potomac valley
N Fork of S Branch Potomac
nice double ledge 2
Nice double ledge
Low Water Bridge/Putin
Typical Rapid w/Seneca Rocks in background
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