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River Boating & Safety Information
Class III rapids (hazardous)Dam #3 to Knoxville Falls.
Class IV rapids (significant hazard to life)Great Falls (foot of falls) to Chain Bridge.
Class VI rapids (extreme risk to life)Great Falls area from the base of the aqueduct dam to a line from the foot of the main falls on the Virginia shoreline to the Maryland shoreline below Olmstead Island.
Safety TipsALWAYS wear an approved life jacket while on the Potomac. Leave a float plan with someone at home describing where you are going, who you’re with and when you expect to return. Know the weather predictions for the area. REMEMBER the river currents are strong and unpredictable, especially after heavy rains. Wading should NOT be attempted when the river levels exceed the normal level.
River Flow Information
- Conowingo Dam spill hotline— 877-457-2525.
- Jennings Randolph Lake (North Branch Potomac) and Savage River Dam projected releases—410-962-7687 or nab-wc.usace.army.mil/mapserver/index.html.
- Potomac River flow at Hagerstown— 301-223-6377.
- Susquehanna riverflow at Conowingo— 888-457-4076.
- U.S. Geological Survey flow information for all Maryland waters—md.water.usgs.gov.
- Youghiogheny River white water release schedule—315-413-2823 or deepcreekhydro.com.
- C&O Canal— nps.gov/choh/planyourvisit/conditions.htm
Dog Health AlertDog owners are asked to keep pets away from Dark False Mussels and also to take these preventative measures to ensure the safety of your pet. Consumption of Dark False Mussels has been associated with canine illness events and fatalities.
- Keep pets away from boats after being pulled out of water
- Clean boats away from animals
- Dispose of all boat scrapings properly keep dogs on leash to avoid exposure