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


Updated:       MAY 23, 2015

  23-May-2015 24-May-2015 25-May-2015
Jennings Randolph   225 to 850 to 225 cfs 225 to 850 to 225 cfs ~ 225 cfs
Savage River   ~ 55 cfs ~ 55 cfs ~ 55 cfs


Jennings Randolph Releases
The fourth scheduled whitewater release from Jennings Randolph Lake will be held today and tomorrow, Saturday May 23rd and Sunday May 24th. Please note that the release rate will be about 850 cfs, rather than the customary 1000 cfs, from 10 AM to 4 PM each day. The reason for this reduction is the lack of rainfall and associated runoff since late April and a lake elevation that is lower than normal for this time of the year. Ramping up from 225 to 850 cfs will begin each day about 7:30 a.m.; ramping down from 850 to 225 cfs will be completed each day by about 4:30 p.m.

Savage River Releases

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
4-5 April      
11-12 April      
18-19 April      
25-26 April      
2-3 May      
9-10 May      
16-17 May      
23-24 May      
30-31 May     (SAT, 30 MAY)
6-7 June        
13-14 June        
20-21 June        
27-28 June      
4-5 July       (SUN, 5 JUL)
11-12 July      
18-19 July        
25-26 July      
1-2 Aug        
8-9 Aug      
15-16 Aug        
22-23 Aug     (SAT-SUN, 22-23 AUG)  
29-30 Aug      
5-6 Sep        
12-13 Sep      
19-20 Sep     (SAT-SUN, 19-20 SEP)  
26-27 Sep       (SAT, 26 SEP)
3-4 Oct      
10-11 Oct        
17-18 Oct      
24-25 Oct        
31 Oct - 1 Nov      
7-8 Nov        
14-15 Nov      
21-22 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 summer, as indicated in Column 5. Whitewater releases from Savage River Reservoir are sponsored by Garret Community College in cooperation with the Upper Potomac River Commission.