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On the June day we paddled this section the water level was 2.3 feet. At that level, the water level was such that all the rocky sections had significant water to allow us to paddle over them going upsteam in our Tarpon 160iís. There is little development along the river, since the C&O Canal borders the Maryland side. Due to the low water level the only boats are small fishing boats.
This was a delightful paddle which featured a baby fawn on the shore, and flocks of newly hatched ducks and geese swimming in the water. About five miles upstream is Taylorís Landing, another possible launch site. Approximately a mile further up is a rocky section which we found difficult to negotiate in 16 ft. kayaks. We chose to turn around at this point for a leisurely paddle back to the put in site. There are several spots deep enough for swimming on hot days.
As we were taking out at the boat landing we spotted several individuals headed downstream from this spot. Several weeks later the water level has dropped more than 6 inches and we suspect it will make this section more difficult.
Also, GMCO's Pro Series Map of Upper Potomac River- Dam 4 to Great Falls.
1 Canoe/Kayak Trailer