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Savage River (Maryland)


Savage River (Maryland)

The Savage River is a 29.5-mile-long (47.5 km)[1] river in Garrett County, Maryland, and is the first major tributary of the North Branch Potomac River from its source. The river was named for 18th century surveyor John Savage.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers maintains the Savage River Dam for flood control and recreation. It has trout fishing for brown trout, rainbow trout, brook trout and sometimes cutthroat trout.

The last 4.5 miles (7.2 km) of the river, from the Savage River Dam to its confluence with the Potomac at Bloomington, Maryland, is a destination for whitewater paddling and slalom racing, on the infrequent occasion when sufficient water is released from the dam.[2] There were three one-day recreational releases in 2011, two in June and one in September.[3]

The Savage has been used for the U.S. Olympic Trials and was the site of the 1989 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships on June 24-25. The usual put-in for whitewater boats is 0.7 miles (1.1 km) below the dam, where the highway crosses the river.[2] The slalom racing section begins 0.5 miles (800 m) further downstream, below the 5.0-foot-high (1.5 m) Piedmont Dam, and ends at the viewing stand above the pedestrian suspension bridge.[4]

The 1989 race was the only time the Slalom World Championships have been held in the United States. The next occasion will be a quarter century later in 2014, when they will be held on artificial whitewater at the nearby Adventure Sports Center International, constructed in 2007 as a more accessible alternative to the seldom-watered Savage.[5]

The average gradient for the Savage River's whitewater section is 75 feet/mile (1.4%), with sections at 100 feet/mile (1.9%), giving the rapids a whitewater class III to III + at the typical recreational release of 800 cu ft/s (23 m3/s). The rapids are fast and continuous, with very few eddies or calm spots.[2]


Coordinates: 39°35′59.4″N 79°3′16.8″W / 39.599833°N 79.054667°W / 39.599833; -79.054667

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