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Difficulty I-II
Length 13.5 Miles
Gauge POTOMAC RIVER AT HANCOCK, MD
Flow Range 2.70 - 8.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 54 minutes ago 4.86 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 12/14/2018 7:53 pm

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.

Rapid Descriptions

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10 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
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11 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


We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

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UPDATE - FEE BOX AT SANG RUN PUT-IN BROKEN INTO!!

5/20/2019
Charlie and Sandy Walbridge

The hasp was broken in the last 24 hours. Please DO NOT PUT MONEY IN THE BOX UNTIL IT IS REPAIRED! To donate on line, please go to https://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/Membership/donate/? and put "Upper Yough Access" in the comment box. Memorial Day Weekend is coming up, and Deep Creek Hydro on Maryland's famous Upper Youghiogheny River will release on Sunday, May 26th, and Monday, May 27th from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM. This marvelous stretch of expert-level whitewater draws hundreds of paddlers from all over the country. American Whitewater has worked closely with the Town of Friendsville and the State of Maryland to make river access hassle-free. Please remember that we are guests of the town of Friendsville. Use the paddler parking lot off Maple Street; do not park or take out on Water Street or Morris Street without permission from local residents. Be discrete; use the change house to get ready for the river. Remember that public drinking and rowdy behavior is not appreciated by nearby residents. Upstream, the Sang Run Access is owned by the State of Maryland and has been maintained by American Whitewater volunteers for almost 20 years. Please leave a donation in the fee box. $3 for a sin, go to gle use or $20 per season pays for the porta potty, gravel, and other expenses. The water has been running high for the past few weeks. Be careful and be safe!

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

7/9/2010
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!

4/24/2003
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.
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Tony Allred Jr

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Matt Muir

Revisions

Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
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
1190532 12/11/03 n/a n/a
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