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NRP Issues Upper Potomac River Advisory

Natural Resources Police LogoThe Maryland Natural Resources Police has announced ─ based on information received from the National Weather Service and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency ─ that boating and other recreational use of the Upper Potomac River, including its creeks and streams, should be avoided at this time. Due to recent precipitation, river levels are hazardous for recreational use on the main stem of the Upper Potomac River from Harpers Ferry to Little Falls.

The advisory is in effect until April 3, 2014 and will be updated at that time if necessary.

Hazardous water levels pose a threat to non-whitewater vessels, tubers, swimmers and other recreational users, and are caused by wave action, water velocity, and treacherous currents. These dangerous conditions may also exist on tributaries of the Potomac River. This warning does not apply to professionally guided river trips.

NRP reminds boaters that all water travel involves risk and wearing a life preserver when recreating on the water can make the difference between life and death. It is mandatory to wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket while boating on the upper Potomac River November 15 through May 15 each year. For more information on Maryland Boating Safety visit

For the latest information on Potomac River conditions between Cumberland and Little Falls, call the National Weather Service at 703-996-2200.