Gauge Description:

The NWS sets bankfull stage at 24' and flood stage at 30' for the Hancock gauge.
The Shepherdstown, WV gauge can also be used. Min. 1.8, Max. 4.0

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
POTOMAC RIVER AT HANCOCK, MD
usgs-01613000 2.70 - 6.80 ft II+ 00h19m 3.18 ft (running)

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
2.70 -3.00 ft barely runnable-med runnable II+ gauge is important or has warning
3.00 -6.45 ft med runnable-a bit pushy runnable II+ gauge is important or has warning
6.45 -6.80 ft a bit pushy runnable-high runnable II+ gauge is important or has warning
POTOMAC RIVER AT HARPERS FERRY, WV
usgs-01620000 1.20 - 6.60 ft II+ > 10 years ft

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
1.20 -1.50 ft barely runnable-med runnable II+ gauge is important or has warning
1.50 -6.30 ft med runnable-a bit pushy runnable II+ gauge is important or has warning
6.30 -6.60 ft a bit pushy runnable-high runnable II+ gauge is important or has warning

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