Gauge Description:

River is friendly at levels below 3.75 feet. Difficulty picks up as it approaches 4 feet and above.  Advanced and Intermediate boaters with good rolls are comfortable at higher flows. The minimum of 2.2 represents very low flow that only occurs after a prolonged dry period.

Highest known run is 19.3 feet or so.

 

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
POTOMAC RIVER NEAR WASH, DC LITTLE FALLS PUMP STA
usgs-01646500 2.20 - 4.10 ft II-III(IV) 00h33m 3.14 ft (running)
gauge class

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
2.20 -2.75 ft barely runnable-med runnable II-III(IV) gauge is important or has warning
2.75 -4.10 ft med runnable-a bit pushy runnable II-III(IV) gauge is important or has warning

Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.

When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
Potomac @4. Sandy Beach/O-Deck to Anglers Inn [MD] Account of 03/14/19 n/a Drew Althage
Potomac @4. Sandy Beach/O-Deck to Anglers Inn [MD] Account of 03/14/19 n/a Drew Althage
Potomac [MD] Potomac Gorge Map - Calico (large file) n/a Bill Kirby
Potomac [MD] Potomac Gorge Map - Index (large file) n/a Bill Kirby
Potomac [MD] S-Turn Slalom ca 1979 Aroun 7 ft Bill Kirby
Potomac [MD] Old School Swiftwater Rescue n/a Bill Kirby
Potomac [MD] 2007 Attainment Race n/a Bill Kirby
Potomac [MD] 2004: The Year Of Rocky 4 ft. Mark Anderson
2y67d18h06m @Potomac 4. Mather Gorge to Lock 10 [MD] Playing at rocky 0 cfs Chuck Slattery
8y302d14h49m @Potomac 4. Mather Gorge to Lock 10 [MD] Account of 10/27/10 0 cfs Rick Cohen
> 10 years Potomac [MD] Rodeo Zone 5.6'/31,000 cfs Thomas O'Keefe
> 10 years Potomac [MD] Got bugs? 5.4 Bill Kirby
> 10 years Potomac [MD] Rocky Island surfing & video link 4.3? E. Jacob Hayes
> 10 years Potomac [MD] Mather Gorge, Barb Brown 23,100 cfs Thomas O'Keefe
> 10 years Potomac [MD] Offut waves 4.3 E. Jacob Hayes
> 10 years Potomac [MD] Rocky - from eddy 4.5 Roger Jordan
> 10 years Potomac [MD] Rocky Island, Middle Channel boof 5.1' John Alden
> 10 years Potomac [MD] The View from Horseshoe Waves 2.67 Bill Kirby
> 10 years Potomac [MD] Rocky Island surfing 3.95 John Alden
> 10 years Potomac [MD] Yellow Falls 4.3 Chris Brock