Potomac river trip. Need some help.
Posted by: old_user on Apr-04-11 6:37 PM (EST)
I'm currently planning on a multi day kayak trip on the Potomac. I want to do a stretch from williamsport,md to just past great falls. I can't figure out how to measure the river on google earth tho. If it's to long then I will have to shorten it. I'm ok with doing a 4-5 day kayak trip. It's only two of us and we just want a good stretch of river to paddle and relax on. We live in southern Maryland so we don't want to drive to to far to get started. If someone could help me figure out the distance between Williamsport and great falls I would appreciate it. Any other info or advice on places to camp or things to watch out for is appreciated.
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Posted by: old_user on Apr-04-11 7:05 PM (EST)
On Google Earth along the top there is a ruler icon, click on that. In the box that opens up there is a drop down menu for what units of measurement you want to use. Just create your path along the potomac, you can color each days distance differently and everything.
Posted by: old_user on Apr-05-11 12:47 AM (EST)
Can I do more then two points in a measurement? Do they have to be titled? I tried to do this last night and couldn't figure it out.
Posted by: old_user on Apr-05-11 12:40 PM (EST)
if you switch on the path tab of the box that opens up you can make as many points as you would like
besides Google Earth path tool|
Posted by: sapien on Apr-07-11 5:45 PM (EST)
you can also use the C&O towpath mile markers to estimate river mileage, since the towpath mostly follows the river.
a couple more sites|
Posted by: sapien on Apr-08-11 12:14 AM (EST)
Posted by: slopeyjoe on Apr-22-11 10:13 PM (EST)
I suggest you start further up river. Put in at spring gap and go to Hancock. This is a quieter stretch of water and there is no dams to portage. Depending on your distance each day it can be a three or four day trip.
Spring Gap to Hancock|
Posted by: sapien on Apr-22-11 10:32 PM (EST)
is the trip I had hoped to do this week, except that the gauge at Paw Paw has hit 20' three times in the past 10 days... I went to Tuckahoe Creek instead and had a fabulous time.
Posted by: slopeyjoe on Apr-24-11 7:13 AM (EST)
I am doing this memorial day weekend. Hopefully the water levels will be back to normal!
Posted by: sapien on Apr-29-11 3:08 PM (EST)
the Potomac is hitting amazingly scary levels today... peaked just under 20' at Paw Paw and 17' at Hancock... pushing 84,000 CFS at Little Falls and still rising.