NRP Issues Hazard Warning for Monocacy River Logjam
The Maryland Natural Resources Police has issued a navigational warning for paddlers to beware of two major logjams on the Monocacy River in Frederick County, one of which almost claimed the life of a kayaker.
The obstructions are at the Gas House Pike Bridge and a CSX railroad bridge. NRP officers on patrol will warn people of the dangers as State officials assess the sites to determine how best to alleviate the problem.
Paddlers are urged to travel out and around the obstructions.
Swollen rivers and streams partially blocked by downed trees and tangled limbs are a recipe for disaster, creating obstructions called “strainers” that can trap paddlers and lead to drownings or serious injuries.
Last weekend, the National Park Service reported a near drowning at the CSX bridge just upstream from Route 355, when a paddler attempted to go around the logjam only to get trapped under the bridge in the pile. The current pushed the paddler under and capsized the kayak. The tragedy was prevented by the quick action of other paddlers.
NRP warns that due to recent heavy rains, other rivers and streams across the State may have similar, unreported obstructions and urges paddlers to proceed with caution.