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Officials warn against boating on Potomac

March 05, 1999

Boating and other recreational activities on the upper Potomac River should be avoided through Monday, March 8, because of hazardous water levels, the Maryland Natural Resources Police said Friday.

Water levels are especially hazardous for recreational use from Shepherdstown to Harpers Ferry in West Virginia because of recent heavy rains.

This warning doesn't apply to professionally guided river trips or teams of experienced white water paddlers.

Hazardous stages are defined as water levels at which novice boaters, wading fishermen or anyone in a vessel could be confronted with a life-threatening situation because of wave action, hypothermia, high velocity or treacherous current.

The conditions also exist on feeder streams into the Potomac and other rivers.

For the latest information on river conditions between Cumberland and Little Falls, call the National Weather Service at 1-703-260-0305.

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