Shenandoah River VA 7 to Sandy Hook, MD

Millville, West Virginia

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The river below the WV 127 bridge has very little gradient all of the way to the mouth of the Potomac at Great Cacapon. It transcribes huge loops through the mountains and ridges with a few mild rapids and many long, flat pools. It is an ideal float-fishing stream and contains some of the best bass fishing water in the state. (Hint: use eels, live or artificial, for bait. Catfish minnows are also good.) The river is rich in wildlife; it is not unusual to see beaver, wild turkey, and deer. If you are making a float trip, try to get on the river at daybreak. Eat your breakfast at mid-morning. This is a tremendously beautiful river no matter how you look at it. The river passes between majestic cliffs; winds through interesting islands; passes along the historic, nineteenth century charm of Harper’s Ferry and the site of John Brown’s fateful escapade; and finally joins the mighty Potomac through a magnificent gap in the Blue Ridge, the last water to bathe the West Virginia mountains. The river is home to an incredible variety of waterfowl.
A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to West Virginia

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A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to West Virginia

by Charlie Walbridge et al (Menasha Ridge Press)

The river below the WV 127 bridge has very little gradient all of the way to the mouth of the Potomac at Great Cacapon. It transcribes huge loops through the mountains and ridges with a few mild rapids and many long, flat pools. It is an ideal float-fishing stream and contains some of the best bass fishing water in the state. (Hint: use eels, live or artificial, for bait. Catfish minnows are also good.) The river is rich in wildlife; it is not unusual to see beaver, wild turkey, and deer.

If you are making a float trip, try to get on the river at daybreak. Eat your breakfast at mid-morning. This is a tremendously beautiful river no matter how you look at it. The river passes between majestic cliffs; winds through interesting islands; passes along the historic, nineteenth century charm of Harper’s Ferry and the site of John Brown’s fateful escapade; and finally joins the mighty Potomac through a magnificent gap in the Blue Ridge, the last water to bathe the West Virginia mountains. The river is home to an incredible variety of waterfowl.

©  Charlie Walbridge et al/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Millville
Distance: 23.5
Duration: 3 sections range from 1.5 - 4.5 hours
Class: Class I-III
Local Maps: USGS Round Hill, Charles Town, Harper's Ferry
Driving Directions: Directions to Shenandoah River: VA 7 to Sandy Hook, MD

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