This is a mild whitewater section of the Potomac that can be combined with either the Needles section of the Potomac or the Millville/Bull Falls/Staircase sections of the Shenandoah for a longer run.
The putin is at Potoma Wayside, located on the Virginia side of the Potomac Rt. 340 bridge. This popular access point is very busy.
A bunch of us good ol' boys from the eastern shore wanted to escape the "beach"a holes for the memorial day weekend and for some crazy reason decided we would float from just below the dam to where we camp down in Brunswick. Never having done this before, we were looking for an adventure. We got what we were looking for....What a blast! We put in at the usual spot off of sandy hook rd. just across from Harpers Ferry @ about 12:30PM. We had 11 people in all, 2 in a raft w/provisions and 9 more in tubes. There were definitely some spills along the way, 2 got thrown out of their tubes, but we stayed in groups,worked the buddy system and had quite the ride. Once we got below the 340 bridge, there were only a few spots with a little whitewater. It took about 4.5 hrs to make it to the camp. We got out within 100 yards of our tents. My question is....where was everyone else? There were only a few in kayakers(?) just under the 340 bridge. Short of that all we saw were a few outboards running the river. Too much water for the outfitters?
The pictures shown above are not from the section of the Potomac between Sandy Hook and Point of Rocks
10 years ago
Also see the Harpers Ferry gage.
Permits are not required for this reach.
We have no additional detail on this route.
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Coming off the little wave just past the confluence
Steve enjoying the Virginia Chute
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