Savage River Savage River Dam to the North Branch

Bloomington, Maryland

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The Savage was first paddled by Joe Monahan in 1968. It is dam-controlled, but the reservoir is not large enough to accommodate regular paddling. The river was the site of many important slalom and wildwater races. US Team Trials, Olympic Trials, National Championships, and North American Cup Races have been held here. In 1989 it was chosen as the venue for the World Championships. The Savage Races were the biggest reason why the quality of whitewater paddling improved so much during the 1970s. Releases have not been scheduled for many years due to pressure from fishing interests. We hope this will change so that more people can paddle this great run.
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 Savage was first paddled by Joe Monahan in 1968. It is dam-controlled, but the reservoir is not large enough to accommodate regular paddling. The river was the site of many important slalom and wildwater races. US Team Trials, Olympic Trials, National Championships, and North American Cup Races have been held here.

In 1989 it was chosen as the venue for the World Championships. The Savage Races were the biggest reason why the quality of whitewater paddling improved so much during the 1970s. Releases have not been scheduled for many years due to pressure from fishing interests. We hope this will change so that more people can paddle this great run.

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

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Bloomington
Distance: 5.5
Duration: 1.5 hours
Class: Class I-IV
Local Maps: USGS Westernport, Barton
Driving Directions: Directions to Savage River: Savage River Dam to the North Branch

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