Is it safe to kayak in the Potomac?

Is the Potomac River dangerous?

Mather Gorge in Great Falls Park is one of the most dangerous sections on the Potomac. Remember, NO SWIMMING, NO WADING, keep your feet out of the river. Many people have died after entering the Potomac River Gorge, as-well-as slipping and falling in the river along the rocky shorelines in Great Falls Park.

Why can’t you swim in the Potomac River?

Despite its designation as a Class A Primary Contact waterway, the DC Department of Health (DOH) bans swimming in the Potomac River citing the risk of high bacteria levels after rainstorms as the only reason it is considered “unsafe” to swim.

How deep is the Potomac River at National Harbor?

–The depth is 24 feet for Potomac River from the mouth to Hains Point; 38 feet or more are available to Ragged Point, 20 miles above the mouth; thence about 18 feet to Hains Point. Vessels anchor near the channel where the bottom is soft; vessels anchor in Cornfield Harbor or St.

How clean is the Potomac?

The Potomac River is in the middle of comeback and is cleaner than in decades past, but it remains too polluted for safe swimming or fishing. Stalled progress could signal a dangerous reversal in course for the river’s health if bold measures are not taken to address threats.

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