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Difficulty I-II
Length 7.5 Miles
Flow Range 420 - 3250 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 26 minutes ago 802 [CFS] ⚠️
Reach Info Last Updated 09/14/2018 7:50 pm

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.

Rapid Descriptions

Westvaco dam

Class - N/A Mile - 0.3
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Portage this low head dam on river right.


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Mark Roberts
10 months ago

Great class 2 trip since the paper mill has closed! The water quality is so much better! I never would have ran it before when I used to live there. Thinking about taking a trip there tomorrow while it’s running!

Gage Descriptions

The NWS sets flood stage at 10.5'

Directions Description

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North Branch Potomac (MD) Report Links Water Quality with Recreational Economies

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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1195078 05/27/09 Matt Muir 4-15-2018 - small edit/cleanup
1210339 09/14/18 Tony Allred Jr 9-10 - added additional description
1193030 11/01/05 n/a n/a