Whitewater — Savage River

Kayakers on the Savage River


Described as the “whitewater rocket ride”, this section is 5 miles of continuous class III-IV whitewater with no pools. This section normally only runs at high water times because the upstream reservoirs holds back water for the fishing interests. Recently, American Whitewater has worked with the Maryland DNR and the Army Corps of Engineers to get recreational releases on the Savage. Check the website below for dates.

Directions from Morgantown

I 68 to Friendsville, MD. Follow Rt. 42 South for 7.5 miles to Rt 219S. Go 8.1 miles to Sand Flat Rd. Turn left and go 4.4miles to SR 135. Turn left and then go about 16.5 miles to Bloomington. The take-out is underneath the railroad bridge (take local roads through neighborhood to public take-out – changing “room” near the river). The put-in is about 5 miles away on the Savage R. rd (left out of Bloomington up the left side of the river).

Travel Time:

1 1/2hr







Web resources:



ORC Resources:

Book ” A Canoeing and Kayaking Guide to West Virginia”

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