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Whitewater Rafting North Branch

Whitewater Rafting the North Branch

Potomac River Dam Release...Guaranteed Excitement!

A step up from the Shenandoah / Potomac River raft trip is the Potomac's North Branch guided tour. Spring and Fall releases from Jennings Randolph Dam near Keyser, West Virginia and Bloomington, Maryland provide for optimum levels of whitewater rafting.

Great Getaway to Western Maryland

This trip, only three hours from the Washington DC area, is nestled in the heart of the Potomac Highlands, making for a fantastic day, overnight, or weekend getaway. Rapids are continuous Class II-III+ , and the high water volumes and steeper gradient of the North Branch create waves and rollers up to six feet high. Sections of calm water permit cliff-jumping, relaxation, and swimming. Experienced guides navigate each raft along the scenic seven mile raft trip from Barnum to Bloomington.

All-inclusive Rafting Adventure

Our all-inclusive rafting adventure features:

  • a delicious barbeque overlooking Jennings-Randolph Lake
  • guide in each raft
  • shuttle to and from the river
  • lifejacket, paddle, helmet
  • wetsuits (needed on most trips!)

Our guides live for this remote and rockin' white water rafting journey…Join them!

For those who want to make a getaway or mini vacation of the trip…check out the Camping & Lodging link just below. Frostburg, Maryland is a lively university town featuring a mainstreet with shops, bars, and restaurants.

Camping & Lodging Directions & Dress Reserve Now Group Info North Branch Photo Gallery

"Wanted to thank you for our North Branch trip...Greg was an excellent guide, the Potomac was awesome and the post-river cookout was first rate to say the least. Your staff is a great group of people that made this an incredible experience..."
Steve Kreim

 ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING / DETAILS - North Branch Dam Release Raft Trip


One run

Two runs

Price Includes:

Includes lakeview cookout, guide in each raft, shuttle, and equipment. Wetsuit if needed.

Required Minimum Age:


Trip length:

2.5 hrs. rafting plus cookout





Groups of 10-24 receive $5 off per person for one run when paying collectively.

Groups of 25+ receive $6 off per person when paying collectively.

Non-profit Special: Groups of 10-24, $12 off per person for two runs. Groups of 25+ receive $15 off per person for two runs.

Wetsuits are usually needed
dependent upon weather and water temperature. Included!

Add 5% amusement fee + $2.00 user fee

 North Branch Rafting Reservations

Click Dates to Book Online

 Seasonal Departures

April 5th *groups of 20 or more only

April 19th *groups of 20 or more only

May 3rd

May 17th

August 30th

September 27th

April 6th *groups of 20 or more only

April 20th *groups of 20 or more only

May 4th

May 18th

August 31st

September 28th - 11:30am depart only

9am & 1pm

9am & 1pm


Less than 2 days notice?
call 301-834-9950
spaces fill fast

"Just a quick note to thank you for the raft trip that our staff took with River & Trail. A good time was had by all, your staff were professional and entertaining…"
Clyde Hicks

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