Potomac, S. Branch - 6. US 220 bridge South of Petersburg to US 220 bridge North of Moorefield

Potomac, S. Branch, West Virginia, US


6. US 220 bridge South of Petersburg to US 220 bridge North of Moorefield

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 18.8 Miles


Photo of John and Kara by John Duke

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-01606500 3.75 - 7.60 ft I-II 00h23m 4.71 ft (running)

River Description

The following info. from John Duke emailme! with any questions!

Scotts cabins is a great place to stay with cabins right on the river about halfway through the trip. A canoe is included with your rental fee!

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2008-04-09 19:15:52


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

Users can submit comments.
May 27 2018 (198 days ago)
DCHooks (159993)
StreamTeam, You have made the right move by moving the minimum level up, but it would be a good
idea to also move the maximum up as well. The current listed maximum (7ft) is too low. I ran this
stretch at 7.2' this week and it was a comfortable height-- nowhere close to being dangerous. Open
boaters should watch out for good-sized standing waves in various places in this run-- particularly
before the Petersburg 220 bridge.
March 28 2018 (258 days ago)
TonyAllred (3101)
Based on the information that the Petersburg gauge had changed, the StreamTeam changed the minimum
level for this river length to 3.75' on the Petersburg gauge. Any comments as to whether this
addresses the comments below would be appreciated.
June 9 2014 (1647 days ago)
pmunoz (155823)
Canoe-camped from Petersburg to Harmison's Landing (28 miles). Level was around 4' when we started
and dropped to 3.8' on Saturday. This was a great level, even though there were places that were
almost too shallow...
November 22 2008 (3672 days ago)
x (1)
The Post by Bruce Fleckenstein is correct. The gauge is about 2 feet higher than it should be. I
was on this section when the gauge read 3.15, and was listed here as runnable and up. It was
terribly low.
September 8 2004 (5208 days ago)
Bruce FleckensteinDetails
Something happened to the gauge at Petersburg. It is reading much higher than it used to. I'm
guessing about 2 foot. Does anyone know what changed?

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