North Branch Potomac River and Savage River Releases
North Branch Potomac River and Savage River


Updated:       MAY 29, 2016

  29-May-2016 30-May-2016 31-May-2016
Jennings Randolph   400 - 500 cfs 300 - 400 cfs 300 - 400 cfs
Savage River   ~ 90 cfs ~ 75 cfs ~ 75 cfs


Jennings Randolph Releases
Tropical Storm Bonnie is moving north along the East Coast. For now, the forecast is for the heavy precipitation to stay east of the North Branch Potomac watershed. Depending on the movement & timing of the storm, though, the flow forecasts for both Randolph and Savage on Monday & Tuesday may need to be adjusted.

Savage River Releases
The first scheduled whitewater release from Savage River Dam for the 2016 season will be held on Saturday, June 4th. The whitewater release will be 1,000 cfs from 10 AM to 4 PM each day. The pre-event and post-event ramping rates will be determined closer to the event.

Releases from Jennings Randolph Lake and Savage River Dam are made for a variety of purposes. The flow values cited above are the expected releases from each dam and may be increased or decreased without prior notice, depending on changing climatic and hydrologic conditions.


  Jennings Randolph Lake Savage River Dam
Weekend of Whitewater Non
Varied Flow
2-3 April      
9-10 April      
16-17 April      
23-24 April      
30 Apr-1 May      
7-8 May      
14-15 May      
21-22 May      
28-29 May      
4-5 June       (SAT, 4 JUN)
11-12 June        
18-19 June        
25-26 June      
2-3 July       (SUN, 3 JUL)
9-10 July      
16-17 July        
23-24 July      
30-31 July        
6-7 Aug      
13-14 Aug        
20-21 Aug     (SAT-SUN, 20-21 AUG)  
27-28 Aug      
3-4 Sep        
10-11 Sep      
17-18 Sep     (SAT-SUN, 17-18 SEP)  
24-25 Sep       (SAT, 24 SEP)
1-2 Oct      
8-9 Oct        
15-16 Oct      
22-23 Oct        
29-30 Oct      
5-6 Nov        
12-13 Nov      
19-20 Nov        
26-27 Nov      

Up to four 2-day whitewater releases from Jennings Randolph Lake may be made during the spring, as indicated in Column 2. These events are sponsored by the Mineral County Parks and Recreation. You can call them at (304) 788-5732 for further information.

Large releases from Jennings Randolph Lake are usually avoided on the weekends indicated in Column 3, unless such releases are needed as a result of highwater conditions, downstream water supply needs, or other unforeseen circumstances.

Water quality releases from Jennings Randolph Lake that are suitable for whitewater recreation may be made on selected weekends during the summer and fall, provided stream conditions are suitable and sufficient water is available. Such releases are usually confirmed about 2 to 4 weeks in advance. Check this website regularly for updates, or call a telephone recording at (410) 962-7687.

Up to three 1-day whitewater releases from Savage River Dam may be made during the spring, summer and fall as indicated in Column 5. Whitewater releases from Savage River Reservoir are sponsored by the Adventuresports Institute of Garrett College in cooperation with the Upper Potomac River Commission.