This photo needs editing.
Difficulty II(III)
Length 5.2 Miles
Flow Range 400 - 5000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 117 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 06/02/2013 2:32 am

River Description

The first 1.6 miles from Boyds (Md. Rte 117) down to Hoyles Mill Road is class I. In the 1.7 miles from Hoyles Mill Road to Schaeffer Road, there are first a pair of class II rock gardens, about a half mile of flat water, then another class II followed by a class III-. The final 1.9 miles below Schaeffer Road is pretty flat. Expect about 1 strainer/mile. The scenery is nice, with almost no signs of civilization, and lots of wildlife (deer, birds, beavers).
What makes this stream particularly accessible is that during droughts there are releases from the Little Seneca Reservoir, intended to support the flow on the lower Potomac. In August 2002, the release was around 80 cfs, which was just enough to make everything runnable (and the rapids quite technical, but not pushy). The cool water is a delight on hot summer days, and the light mist hanging over the creek is alluring.

Rapid Descriptions


default user thumbnail
Colin Abernethy
5 years ago

Put in and take-out have been changed in location/maps to reflect true put-in and take-out per earlier comment.

default user thumbnail
7 years ago

m25WoL cxlsmffrjlhw, [url=]nxezlaajggpw[/url], [link=]wehzmuwxamrd[/link],

default user thumbnail
Jason Allen
7 years ago

Not sure who did the put-in and take-out for the map, but it's no where near Little Seneca. The put in is just off of 117 or if you wanna skip the slow flat water, it's off of Hoyles Mill Rd. The take out will then be off of Schaeffer Rd (unless you plan on going farther). If you're unsure of where any of this is, google Little Seneca creek in Boyds. You can easily figure out from there.

Gage Descriptions

A reading of about 400 cfs on Seneca Creek at Dawsonville is normally enough (because 20% of that water will come from Little Seneca); however, during droughts, if you see the Seneca Creek reading jump, for example, from 20 cfs to 100 cfs, and there has been no rain, it means you have about the minimal runnable level of 80 cfs from the release from Little Seneca Lake.

Directions Description

We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

No Accident Reports



article main photo


Charlie and Sandy Walbridge

The hasp was broken in the last 24 hours. Please DO NOT PUT MONEY IN THE BOX UNTIL IT IS REPAIRED! To donate on line, please go to and put "Upper Yough Access" in the comment box. Memorial Day Weekend is coming up, and Deep Creek Hydro on Maryland's famous Upper Youghiogheny River will release on Sunday, May 26th, and Monday, May 27th from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM. This marvelous stretch of expert-level whitewater draws hundreds of paddlers from all over the country. American Whitewater has worked closely with the Town of Friendsville and the State of Maryland to make river access hassle-free. Please remember that we are guests of the town of Friendsville. Use the paddler parking lot off Maple Street; do not park or take out on Water Street or Morris Street without permission from local residents. Be discrete; use the change house to get ready for the river. Remember that public drinking and rowdy behavior is not appreciated by nearby residents. Upstream, the Sang Run Access is owned by the State of Maryland and has been maintained by American Whitewater volunteers for almost 20 years. Please leave a donation in the fee box. $3 for a sin, go to gle use or $20 per season pays for the porta potty, gravel, and other expenses. The water has been running high for the past few weeks. Be careful and be safe!


Stephen J. Ettinger


Colin Abernethy


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1193581 05/11/05 Stephen J. Ettinger n/a
1202280 06/02/13 Colin Abernethy Put-in and take-out coordinates corrected on map. 06/01/2013