We went down from Old Columbia Rd to Savage yesterday at right about 5 feet. Old Columbia to Murray Hill was mostly flat (maybe 6 rapids, all class I), but with 2 logjam portages. It took nearly 2 hours.
After Murray Hill, the river is flat and until just past Rt 95. There was one river-wide logjam at this level, but it left just enough space to duck under it on the far left. Not long after 95 it picks up with some class I's leading for easy class II's. After the confluence, eddy-hop down the left side until just above the big drop before Savage. At this level I'd say it's solidly class IV because there are 3-4 back-to-back, manky drops of about 4 feet each. Fortunately, there's a path on river left. My son and I put in and ran the bottom 2 drops on the left side of the river.
Ran from Harriet Tubman to Old Columbia at about 430 on the little patuxent gauge (so about half that here) as an easy stretch close to home. Under rt 32 was the only class II. Though we had to do duck under several river-wide trees, and there is a massive river-wide log-jam just before rt 29 that would require a portage at any level (river-wide and several feet high).
Can anyone provide directions to the put-in? Like from, say, I-95?
Way too shallow!!!!! Not even class I.
Don't run unless you plan on dragging.
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