A steep drainage ditch is what this is. There is a parking lot on MacArthur Blv., which gives access to the trail down to the C&O Canal towpath. This trail takes you by an old rusty steel bridge. You can put-in below that and run the pipeline beneath the Clara Barton Parkway, which runs parallel to the Potomac River. This run begins immediately after the water comes out of the pipe beneath the parkway, and the run is about 40 yards long. It consists of two 10- to 12-foot falls back-to-back with a lttle class-4 run out into the C&O Canal. It takes either a lot of hard rain or a quick burst of hard rain. Either way, it has to be caught DURING a hard rain. It comes right off neighborhood streets so it comes up and goes down quickly. I believe no one has ever run this stream so it is open to a first descent! As for the takeout, you can paddle across the canal and take the trail bridge back over the canal and up the trail to the MacArthur Blv. parking lot.Lat/longitude coords are a rough estimate, based on online maps.
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Tonight American Whitewater presented the Town of Friendsville, Maryland with a $5000 check towards the extension of the Upper Yough Access Parking Area. This, combined with a $1000 donation from Keelhaulers Canoe Club, made a strong statement of how much paddlers value the river and the town! Under the leadership of Mayor Spencer Schlosnagle and long time paddler and Friendsville resident Jess Whittemore the town raised $7 in additional funding for every dollar paddlers donated - just like they did on the initial construction! This makes these gifts a great value for the whitewater community. A big shout out and thank you to ALL who donated!
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