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Difficulty I-II
Length 13.5 Miles
Flow Range 2.70 - 7.50 FT
Flow Rate as of: 56 minutes ago 3.42 [FT] ℹ️ ⚠️
Reach Info Last Updated 12/11/2019 7:34 pm

River Description

The putin is at Potoma Wayside, located on the Virginia side of the Potomac Rt. 340 bridge. This popular access point is very busy.  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 Brunswick river access on the Maryland side has considerable parking and is 5 miles down from Potomac Wayside.  The next landing is at Lander Road, roughly 4 miles below Brunswick and 9 miles below Potomac Wayside which is also the mouth of the Maryland Catoctin Creek.  About  1/3 mile below Lander Road (9.3 miles below Potoma Wayside), is the Bald Eagle Island C&O hiker/biker campground.  The take-out of this section is at Point of Rocks, MD  13.5 miles below Potoma Wayside.  

Rapid Descriptions


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12 years ago

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?

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Mike Miller
13 years ago

The pictures shown above are not from the section of the Potomac between Sandy Hook and Point of Rocks

Gage Descriptions

Also see the Harpers Ferry gage.

Directions Description

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Upper Yough Access Guidelines and Fundraiser

Charlie Walbridge

At Maryland's Upper Yough, one of the country's finest whitewater runs, American Whitewater has been maintaining the Sang Run Access for the past 20 years. With the 4th of July weekend coming up, a quick reminder that we are guests of the Town of Friendsville when we take out. In addition changing clothes discretely ad behaving respectfully, please observe social distancing during the pandemic. Garrett County has a low infection rate, and a mask when patronizing local businesses is the norm. We are also beginning our annual fundraiser to pay the expenses American Whitewater has at Sang Run. Out goal is $1,000, and we have already received $160. The Fee Box at Sang Run is still closed due to vandalism. We suggest $20 for the full season; $5 for one weekend. Please donate on line, or use the donation jar at the Wilderness Voyageurs shop at the takeout. Please go to and put "Upper Yough Access" in the comment box.

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Don Millard - AW Super Upper Yough Access Volunteer!

Charlie and Sandy Walbridge

American Whitewater super-volunteer Don Millard has been taking care of the Sang Run and Friendsville Access Areas on Maryland's Upper Youghioghenny River for the past several years. This bulds on a 2003 agreement between American Whitewater and Maryland State Parks, which owns the property. This year he rebuilt the change house and porta-pot shelter, set AW's sign back up, filled in potholes, and mowed acres of grass. He not only did the work, he donated the materials and machine time! This work givezs AW strong ties to the community (the place is also a fishing access) and local park managers. Also, thanks to him, boaters are not faced with a $5 access fee at both ends! Please remember, the pandemic is still on. Be smart. If you use the porta-pot, wash your hands or use sanitizer!

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2010 Potomac Fest - July 10-11 (MD/VA)

Kevin Colburn

Come see American Whitewater at this year's Potomac Fest, July 10 and 11 in Great Falls, MD/VA!  Just minutes from the Nation's Capital, the 20th Annual Potomac Whitewater Festival will be two days of fun events organized to delight beginners, experts and spectators alike.

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Attention Virginia Boaters!

Jason Robertson

During the high waters of Spring 2003, there has been a noticeable increase in reported confrontations between boaters and property owners in Virginia. Please remember to be respectful and courteous to property owners; do not trespass; and avoid confrontation in order to preserve access in the future.

Tony Allred Jr


Matt Muir


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1214011 12/11/19 Tony Allred Jr updated description
1214010 12/11/19 Tony Allred Jr updated description
1210031 07/10/18 Tony Allred Jr 7-10-2018 - cleanup
1210035 07/10/18 Tony Allred Jr 7-10-2018 - cleanup
1210699 12/14/18 Tony Allred Jr 12-15-2018 - cleanup
1207845 06/30/17 Tony Allred Jr 6-30-2017 - added HF (for Harpers Ferry) to reach title
1207835 06/29/17 Tony Allred Jr 6-29-2017 edited to conform to addition of Potomac Needles
1207840 06/30/17 Tony Allred Jr 6-29-2017 - cleanup
1207838 06/29/17 Tony Allred Jr 6-29-2017 - cleanup
1207848 06/30/17 Tony Allred Jr 11-2-2017 - Minor edit to flows
1208471 11/09/17 Tony Allred Jr 4-15-2018 - small edit/cleanup
1190532 12/11/03 n/a n/a