Potomac - 0.8 Sandy Hook/Potoma Wayside to Point of Rocks MD

Potomac, Maryland, US/Virginia, US


0.8 Sandy Hook/Potoma Wayside to Point of Rocks MD

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 13.5 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Potomac River at Harpers Ferry
noaa-hfew2 1.20 - 7.60 ft I-II 01h42m 4.64 ft (running)
usgs-01613000 2.70 - 8.00 ft I-II 00h36m 5.53 ft (running)

River Description

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.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-12-14 19:53:43


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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June 24 2009 (3494 days ago)
x (1)
A river outfitter (River Riders) has purchased the put in above dam three. The money grubbing
douche bag is charging $10 bucks for a pass and $25 if you're out of state. I can understand
wanting to track who is using the area but how about a basic $2 charge and pass for the year.
Doesn't he make enough money ripping off all the yuppies from DC for White Water Rafting and booze
tubing trips. What a tool!
May 27 2008 (3887 days ago)
x (1)
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?
May 27 2007 (4253 days ago)
Mike MillerDetails
The pictures shown above are not from the section of the Potomac between Sandy Hook and Point of

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