Potomac, North Branch - 5. Bloomington, MD to Keyser, WV


Potomac, North Branch, Maryland, US/West Virginia, US

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5. Bloomington, MD to Keyser, WV

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 7.5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 20 fpm
Max Gradient 20 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
NORTH BRANCH POTOMAC RIVER AT LUKE, MD
usgs-01598500 400 - 3450 cfs I-II 01h12m 955 cfs (running)


River Description

Ed Evangelidi:  This stretch (which starts at the Bloomington MD take-out for the Barnum to Bloomington section) is a nice Class 2 section that is rarely paddled since early in the run, you have to portage the Paper Mill dam on river right, then paddle by the huge monstrosity that is the paper mill.  But the river entertainment continues all the way to Keyser

Portage the dam at the paper mill in Luke, MD on river right.


Lat/longitude coords are approximate, from TopoZone.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-09-14 19:50:19

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.3Westvaco damN/APortage Hazard

Rapid Descriptions

Westvaco dam (Class N/A, Mile 0.3)

Portage this low head dam on river right.




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