Catoctin Creek, Virginia, US
SR 663 to Potomac Confluence
||II (for normal flows)
View from bridge at putin
View from bridge at putinPhoto by RC Forney taken 06/15/02
This is a pleasant mild whitewater run located near the DC metropolitan area. The spice is provided
by a couple of fun rock gardens and ledges which even include a surfable wave or two. There are
probably 15 rapids of one sort or another interspersed by moving flatwater sections that never
exceed a quarter mile or so.
The water is full of sediment at runnable levels but reasonably clean, and the scenery is quite
good. There are rock formations, the usual herons, ducks and turtles, and stupendous river birches,
some of which have fallen and create challenging strainers. I never had to get out of my boat, but
some maneuvering was required. Some were river wide "limbo strainers" that could be trouble at
The putin is at 663 bridge in Taylorstown, VA. There is somewhat of parking lot here and easy
access to the river across the road from the gauge. The takeout is just down stream of the Potomac
confluence at a public boat landing located at the foot of the Rte. 15 bridge.
I was surprised by this river. I thought it would be smaller and less interesting. I found it
comparable to other more well known nearby reaches, such as the Rappahannock above Rte. 211.
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Last Updated: 2002-07-25 02:38:30