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Maryland whitewater, Patuxent River

Howard county, Carroll Mill Road to Savage Mill section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II(IV)     15.3 miles
  The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Baltimore-Towson, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The scenic beauty of Maryland and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. You can enjoy this section more if you take your time, so why not pack your sleeping bag too. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. There are plenty of hotels here if you want to spend
    a night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. This section of Patuxent River is 15.3 miles long and
is according to American Whitewater a class I-II(IV) section of whitewater. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this area has a large number of paddling spots. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often easier than in other states, so keep in mind that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy.

Briefly about the general area:
Patuxent River is a spot
 
with many visitors from Columbia. Patapsco Valley State Park is a great spot to stretch your legs a bit; a journey to Greenbelt Park is worthwhile. This is a great river. There's a great forest right next door to Patuxent River called Symphony Woods. For the duration of the warm days of summer at Patuxent River highs are generally in the 80's with overnight lows in the 60's. For the period of the winter highs are in the 40's, and nighttime lows in the 20's for Patuxent River. Patuxent River regularly gets a lot of precipitation. May is the wettest month with most rain, and the driest month is January.

Patuxent River, Carroll Mill Road to Savage Mill road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Patuxent River.
 Whitewater Near Patuxent River:
Little Patuxent River, Howard County, 1 miles away
      Class I-IV - 7 miles long (US Route 29 to US Route 1)
Patuxent River, Howard County, 4 miles away
      Class I-II(IV) - 15.3 miles long (Carroll Mill Road to Savage Mill)
Patapsco River, Howard/Baltimore/Carroll County, 7 miles away
      Class I-III - 17.5 miles long (Woodstock to Elkridge)
Piney Run, Carroll County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 2 miles long (Arrington Road to Marriottsville)
Gwynns Falls, City of Baltimore County, 13 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4 miles long (Lochearn to Franklintown Road)
Anacostia River - Northwest Branch, Prince Georges/ Montgomery County, 14 miles away
      Class I-III(V+) - 8 miles long (US Route 29 to Hyattsville)
Anacostia River, Prince Georges County, 14 miles away
      Class I - 10 miles long (Highway 3 to Potomac)
Gwynns Falls, City of Baltimore County, 15 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4 miles long (Franklintown Road to Carroll Park Golf Course)
Patapsco River - South Branch, Howard/ Carroll County, 16 miles away
      Class I-III(IV) - 14 miles long (Woodbine to Woodstock)
Rock Creek, DC County, 17 miles away
      Class I-III - 4 miles long (Military Road to Potomac River in D.)
 Ski Areas Near Patuxent River:
Ski Liberty, Pennsylvania , 46 miles away, 620 foot drop, 8 lifts, 16 runs
Ski Roundtop, Pennsylvania , 49 miles away, 600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 15 runs
Blue Marsh, Pennsylvania , 84 miles away, 315 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Marinas Near Patuxent River:
Leatherbury Point Marina, Crofton , 16 miles away
Middle Branch Marina, Baltimore , 17 miles away
Harborview Marina, Baltimore , 19 miles away
Harborview Marina & Yacht Club, Baltimore , 19 miles away
Indian Landing Marina, Millersville , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Patuxent River:
Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel, Columbia , 1 miles away
Hampton Inn And Suites Columbia South, Columbia , 2 miles away
SpringHill Suites Columbia, Columbia , 2 miles away
Homewood Columbia Laurel, Laurel , 2 miles away
DoubleTree By Hilton Columbia, Columbia , 3 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Patuxent River:
Sports International, Columbia, 3 miles away
Scotts Cove Campground, Howard County, 3 miles away
Patapsco Valley State Park, Ellicott City, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Patuxent River:
White Horse Trail, District of Columbia , 17 miles away
Valley Trail, District of Columbia , 17 miles away
Western Ridge Trail, District of Columbia , 17 miles away
Rock Creek Park Bike Trail, District of Columbia , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Patuxent River:
Greenbelt Park, Greenbelt - MD , 11 miles away
Glen Echo Park, McLean - VA , 22 miles away
Patapsco Valley State Park, Maryland , 14 miles away
Patuxent River State Park, Maryland , 19 miles away
Rosaryville State Park, Maryland , 22 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Patuxent River:
Fairway Hills Golf Club, Columbia , 2 miles away
Hobbit's Glen Golf Club, Columbia , 2 miles away
Mammoth Golf, Columbia , 4 miles away
 Lakes Near Patuxent River
Triadelphia Reservoir, Howard , 9 miles away
Tridelphia Reservoir, Montgomery , 9 miles away
Greenbelt Lake, Prince George's , 11 miles away

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