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Maryland whitewater, Savage River

Garrett county, Dam to North Branch Potomac River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV     4.5 miles
  This stretch of Savage River in Maryland is 4.5 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III-IV section. The natural beauty of Maryland and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water attract people from near and far. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master in this state than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many runs in this state
    are very easy. The Dam to North Branch Potomac River section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but
you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. There's camping available near Savage River. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while will make you glad you came. The starting point is not too far from Cumberland, as you can see on the road map further down. This stretch has has enough mileage, it's perfect for a one day trip. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter,  
around here you'll find a large number of good spots.

Briefly about the general area:
You'll meet a lot of people from Bloomington here. From a rainfall point of view Savage River is a rather typical site. All through July this area sees the most rain, and the driest month of the year is February. During the warmest time of the year highs here at Savage River reach the 80's. Once the sun is down it falls down to the 50's. The winter brings highs down to the 30's; throughout the dark hours in the wintertime at Savage River temperatures sink to the 10's.

Savage River, Dam to North Branch Potomac River 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 Savage River.
 Whitewater Near Savage River:
Savage River, Garrett County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.5 miles long (Dam to North Branch Potomac River)
Potomac River - North Branch, Mineral WV Allegany MD County, 2 miles away
      Class I-II - 7.5 miles long (Bloomington to Keyser)
Potomac River - North Branch, Mineral WV Garrett MD County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Barnum West Virginia to Bloomington Maryland)
Potomac River - North Branch, Mineral WV Garrett MD County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Barnum to Bloomington)
Potomac River - North Branch, Mineral WV Garrett MD County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 3 miles long (Kitzmiller to Jennings Randolph Lake)
New Creek, Mineral County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 9 miles long (Intersection of US220 and West Virginia 93 to Keyser)
Savage River, Garrett County, 9 miles away
      Class II(IV) - 12.5 miles long (Avilton Lonaconing Road to Head of Savage Reservoir)
Crabtree Creek, Garrett County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 6 miles long (Swanton Maryland to Savage Reservoir)
Casselman River - North Branch, Garrett County, 10 miles away
      Class I-III+ - 6 miles long (Dung Hill Road to Maryland Route 485)
Casselman River, Garrett County, 11 miles away
      Class I-II - 11.5 miles long (MD Route 485 to Salisbury Pennsylvania)
 Ski Areas Near Savage River:
Wisp, Maryland , 18 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 31 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 32 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 32 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 34 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 36 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 43 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Blue Knob, Pennsylvania , 57 miles away, 1072 foot drop, 7 lifts, 34 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 63 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Boyce Park, Pennsylvania , 69 miles away, 180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Marinas Near Savage River:
Deep Creek Marina, Mc Henry , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Savage River:
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Keyser, Keyser , 8 miles away
Comfort Inn Grantsville, Grantsville , 10 miles away
Hampton Inn Frostburg MD, Frostburg , 15 miles away
Days Inn & Suites Frostburg, Frostburg , 15 miles away
Inn At Deep Creek, Oakland , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Savage River:
Barnum Whitewater Area, Bloomington, 3 miles away
Big Run State Park, Bloomington, 4 miles away
Robert W Craig, Elk Garden, 4 miles away
 Public Lands Near Savage River:
Shenandoah National Park, Luray - VA , 63 miles away
Lost River State Park, West Virginia , 33 miles away
Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia , 34 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Savage River:
Polish Pines Golf Club, Keyser , 8 miles away
Thousand Acres Lakeside Golf Club, Swanton , 11 miles away
Fore Sisters Golf Course, Rawlings , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Savage River
Lake Heritage, Adams , 9 miles away
Midland-Gilmore Reservoir, Allegany , 12 miles away
Lake Louise, Garrett , 13 miles away

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