Savage, Maryland, US
|Usual Difficulty||III-IV (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||75 fpm|
|Max Gradient||115 fpm|
|SAVAGE RIV BL SAVAGE RIV DAM NEAR BLOOMINGTON, MD|
|usgs-01597500||375 - 1800 cfs||III-IV||00h21m||371 cfs (too low)|
SOURCE: William Nealy's Whitewater Home Companion, Southern Rivers Volume I, which has
more on this run. Text used with permission.
Savage River Road follows along the entire 4.25 mile run. At approx. mile 1.5 and just before the swinging bridge that marks the end of the slalom course there is a large undercut rock (House Rock) on river left.
The takeout is on the North Branch of the Potomac just upstream of the confluence. Please respect the locals and refrain from drinking or changing clothes in the open, here. The putin is just minutes up the road and its relative remoteness lends itself to these activities.
American Whitewater and others worked to obtain regularly scheduled recreational whitewater releases (600 - 1000 cfs) on three weekend days annually, June through September. You can see the upcoming scheduled releases, and unscheduled releases on the dam owners' website. AW volunteers meet with other stakeholders twice each year to coordinate the releases.
Another good source of information about this run is Ed Gertler's Maryland and Delaware Canoe Trails.