Because the City has prohibited access to city property at Loch Raven Dam and for about a mile downstream, the usual put-in is on Notchcliff Rd., off of Harford Road in Glen Arm, MD.
Just below Harford Rd., there is an easy class II- rapid - basically some small ledges - plunge down the middle.
there is a strainer in the harford rd rapid that may or may not wash out with higher water. Always scout.
UPDATE: This strainer is no longer there...
I ran this section below 147 to rt1. When you get down to Rt. 1, 3 of the bores under the bridge are inaccessible due to strainers. Make sure you scout this from the little penninsula on river right. The rapids look pretty pushy against the strainers. I chose to portage the penninsula and put in on the right side of it. This allows a carefull approach the the far right bore (this is partially blocked as well) but the bore is clear. You miss out on what looks like a great II-, but the reward is on the other side of the bridge. A you come out, get up to speed and dig your boof stroke in! Very fun little rapid.
The wood piles have been cleared. Bores 1 and 2 are clear for use again.
Ran this in May 09 after some rainy days. If water is pouring over the dam not a bad trip. Took about 31/2 -4 hrs. for a shorter trip get out at Harford Rd.
Ran this one in a canoe on 4/2 and there was nowhere near enough water.
1 year ago
by Tony Allred Jr
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