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Difficulty I
Length 2.4 Miles
Gauge POTOMAC RIVER NEAR WASH, DC LITTLE FALLS PUMP STA
Flow Range 2.20 - 6.80 FT
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 4.16 [FT] 👍 ℹ️ ⚠️
Reach Info Last Updated 12/14/2018 7:57 pm

River Description


Flatwater.  Rarely paddled by whitewater boaters because there's little of interest in terms of rapids.  It needs to be stressed that the low head dam (Brookmont Dam) at the end of this run is very dangerous.  Paddlers MUST take-out above this Dam.

Take out before the dangerous low head dam at Little Falls.

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Date Flow Result Factor  
1988-08-02 n/a Near Miss/Rescue Other Read More

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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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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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Maryland Boating Regulations

6/11/2001
Jason Robertson

Maryland revised their state boating laws in early 2001. The new regulations have dropped the requirement for boaters to register before running Great Falls of the Potomac.
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Tony Allred Jr

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Matt Muir

Revisions

Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1208446 11/07/17 Tony Allred Jr 11-7-2017 - added additional comment about Brookmont Dam
1210705 12/14/18 Tony Allred Jr 12-15-2018 - cleanup
1208440 11/07/17 Tony Allred Jr 11-7-2017 - cleanup
1190534 05/31/04 n/a 11-7-2017 - cleanup
1208447 11/07/17 Tony Allred Jr 11-7-2017 - cleanup
1208448 11/07/17 Tony Allred Jr 3-26-2018 - cleanup