North Branch of the Potomac Kitzmiller

Class: 3-5
Gradient: 60 per mile
Volume: 1400 - 2800 cfs
Season: April through October after big rain events
Scenery: Wild and Scenic
Time: 5 - 7 hrs
Length: 13 Miles 


The Kitzmiller section of the Potomac is a classic early spring run with more hydraulics and big rapids then any run in the area. Early spring rains make this trip as wild as the Gauley with no flat water pools. This river is probably the longest and most continuously difficult runs in this area. It descends very steeply  which accounts for the constant rapids and big drops and many ledges. It starts out as a class 1-2 run and quickly builds with lots of boulder rapids giving way to the big ledges.  Almost all of the rapids have at least one ledge in them with very complex currents and turbulence. Precise maneuvering becomes necessary as the currents get more powerful and the drops get bigger.   It really does not let up until the end of the trip.

The Kitmiller section of the Potomac river is truly of the finest in the area and one of the hardest to catch with good water but you are well rewarded when you finally get to ride this wild water water gem. Trip cost is $175.00 per person.  

All Days Rafting 5- 7hours $135.00 per person Reservations

Potomac / Kitzmiller Photos (click on photo to enlarge)

North Branch of the Potomac Barnum

Barnum Section

Class: 1-3
Gradient: 35 ft per mile
Volume: 800 -2000 cfs
Season: April through October
Scenery: Lush and green , big mountains
Time: 3-5 hrs
Length: 6 Miles

The North Branch of the Potomac is an excellent day of class 1 - 3  whitewater depending on the dam release from Jennings Randolph reservoir. The North Branch tumbles down a continuous gradient of sandstone ledges and cobbles and small ledge drops providing nonstop action of easy rapids with waves and rollers. Short pools of calm water permit sight seeing and swimming. The North Branch  can be done in either rafts or duckies (inflatable kayaks). Once a major route through the Potomac highlands an old railroad bed follows the river on the right side. This is a great biking and hiking trail. The North Branch is in the south eastern end of the county where the Savage and Potomac meet.  The North Branch can be run spring thru fall with the low water float trips in the summer. Duckies only at levels below 600 cfs. Regular Dam releases from Jennings Randolph lake provide great whitewater in the spring and fall.

Available North Branch  Trips
Saturday Rafting or IK's 4-6 hours $85.00 per person Reservations
Sunday Rafting or IK's 4-6 hours $85.00 per person Reservation

Potomac / Barnum Photos (click on photo to enlarge)

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