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North Branch Potomac River and Savage River


Updated:      AUG 21, 2017

  21-Aug-2017 22-Aug-2017 23-Aug-2017
Jennings Randolph   ~275 cfs 250-275 cfs 250-275 cfs
Savage River   80-100 * cfs 85-95 * cfs 85-95 cfs


Jennings Randolph Releases
A water quality (Artificially Varied Flow (AVF)) release from Jennings Randolph is scheduled for August 26 and 27 during which time 1,000 cfs would be released from Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon. However, due to recent hydrologic conditions requiring high and extended releases from Jennings Randolph, the need for the AVF no longer exists and the AVF is being cancelled. We will instead conduct whitewater releases on each day (August 26 and 27) from 10am to 4pm, releasing approximately 1,000 cfs during those time frames. The pre-event and post-event ramping rates will be determined closer to the event.

Savage River Releases
* There will be an approximately 1 hr reduction in flow today (8/21) and tomorrow (8/22) for required inspections and associated activities.

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
icon1 icon2 icon3 icon4
1-2 April        
8-9 April   star    
15-16 April star      
22-23 April   star    
29-30 April star      
6-7 May   star    
13-14 May star      
20-21 May   star    
27-28 May star      
3-4 June       star (SAT, 3 JUN)
10-11 June   star    
17-18 June        
24-25 June   star    
1-2 July       star (SUN, 2 JUL)
8-9 July   star    
15-16 July        
22-23 July   star    
29-30 July        
5-6 Aug   star    
12-13 Aug        
19-20 Aug   star    
26-27 Aug     star (SAT-SUN, 26-27 AUG)  
2-3 Sep   star    
9-10 Sep        
16-17 Sep     star (SAT-SUN, 16-17 SEP)  
23-24 Sep   star    
30 Sep-1 Oct       star (SAT, 30 SEP)
7-8 Oct   star    
14-15 Oct        
21-22 Oct   star    
28-29 Oct        
4-5 Nov   star    
11-12 Nov        
18-19 Nov   star    
25-26 Nov        

icon1 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.

icon2 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.

icon3 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.

icon4 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.