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Barnum Whitewater Area

WHITEWATER

The North Branch of the Potomac is a whitewater rafting river for the entire family.  Whitewater releases from Jennings Randolph
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Lake tumble down a continuous gradient of sand stone ledges and cobbles providing Class I, II and III rapids in close succession and are comprised of waves and rollers up to six feet high.  Short spells of calm water permit bailing, relaxation and swimming.  Trip length is 7 miles.  The launching area is located in the Barnum Whitewater Area (BWA).  Parking and restroom facilities are available at the launch site.  The Mineral County Parks & Recreation Commission has instituted a $2.00 per person fee for all individuals entering BWA on release dates.

Whitewater releases from Jennings Randolph Lake are scheduled in April, May, and early June.  Water flows will reach whitewater levels by 10:00 a.m.  Each release will be six hours in length, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Flow rates will vary from a minimum of 850 CFS to a maximum of 1500 CFS during a whitewater release.  All releases dependent on an adequate supply of water in Jennings Randolph Lake.

Camping facilities are available at Jennings Randolph Lake.  In addition, accommodations may be found at several local motels or bed and breakfast inns.

2014 North Branch Whitewater Release Dates:

The 2014 whitewater release schedule for Jennings Randolph Lake has been set for the following weekends:

    April 5th & 6th, 2014
    April 19th & 20th, 2014
    May 3rd & 4th, 2014
    May 17th & 18th, 2014

Additionally, up to three 1-day whitewater releases from Savage River Dam may be made during the summer. The 2014 whitewater release schedule for Savage River Dam has been set for the following days:

    June 7th, 2014
    July 5th, 2014
    September 7th, 2014

These schedules have been posted on the web at http://www.nab-wc.usace.army.mil/northBranch.html. The release rate and duration will be announced about one week prior to each event.

Artificially Varied Flow (AVF)Whitewater photoWhitewater Photo

Releases will consist of a river flow between 850-1000 CFS.  An AVF release is not considered a whitewater release, although the boating public can use such a release for recreational purposes.  As with all releases scheduled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer; the release can be cancelled at any time due to a variety reasons ie. drought, environmental concerns, etc.

2014 AVF Release Dates

    August 30th & 31st, 2014
    September 27th & 28th, 2014