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River & Trail Outfitters introduces the Savage River for those looking for more white water rafting thrills. This dam release run is continuous Class III-IV whitewater rafting, which translates to five miles of crashing waves, drops, and some serious non-stop fun!

Can’t Make the Savage Release?

The Savage Dam Release is ONLY on three dates, but don’t be sad if you can’t make it. We have other dates (May 27, Aug 26, 27 & Sep 16, 17) for the Potomac Dam Release on the North Branch Rapids! Also, you can try out our thrill kat or sit on top kayak adventure near Harpers Ferry.

The Savage River is best known as the site of World Whitewater Championships and Olympic Whitewater Trials, as well as one of the finest trout streams in the East. Lying within the boundaries of the massive 50,000 acre Savage River State Forest in Garrett County, MD, the Savage and its tributaries flow through some of the last remaining old growth forests in Maryland.

This trip, only three hours from the Washington DC area, is perfect as a day, overnight, or weekend getaway. Our all-inclusive rafting adventure features a snack between trips, tasty barbecue tail-gating style after both runs, guide in each raft, shuttle, equipment, and wetsuit if needed. We do suggest that if you have a folding chair to bring one.

For those who want to make a getaway or mini vacation of the trip, the area offers many outdoor and indoor activities that would interest visitors of all ages. Join River & Trail for this full day trip on the Savage, world class intermediate rafting at its best!

This trip is for experienced rafters, you should be prepared to be an active participant in your rafting experience.  Good health and previous white water experience strongly recommended. 

  • Pricing & Minimum Age:
    $99.00 all-inclusive
    Add 5% amusement fee + $2.50 user fee

    Groups of 10-24 receive $5.00 off per person when paying collectively
    Groups of 25+ discount $6 per person when paying collectively

    Snack between runs & tail-gating cookout after the trip, a guide in each raft, shuttle, and equipment. A wet suit is generally recommended and is included.

    Required Minimum Age: 14

  • The Dam Release dates are as follows.

    June 2nd, Saturday

    July 1st, Sunday

    September 29th, Saturday

  • Length of trip: Three hours on the river includes two runs

    Departure time: 9am departure with two runs

    Wetsuits are usually needed, but are dependent upon weather and water temperature.

    Maximum number of  people per raft is 5.

    Bring a folding chair for the tailgate picnic!

  • Savage River Dam Release Driving Directions

    Directions, Dress and Lodging Information

     How to Dress:

    Most likely you will need a wetsuit for this trip due to the cooler temperatures of dam released water. When making your reservation, please provide us with your height, weight, and T shirt size so that we can choose the best wetsuit for you. If the temperatures are in the 80s or above and you do not choose to wear a wetsuit, we suggest you wear the following:

    • Synthetic shirt layers (silk, Under Armour, wool, fleece)
    • Waterproof jacket
    • Leggings (spandex, Under Armour, fleece-lined)
    • Waterproof pants
    • Wool or fleece socks
    • Neoprene booties, old sneakers, or Teva-type sandals

    *Remember: no flip flops, or COTTON


    1. Dry change of clothes
    2. Towel
    3. Suntan Lotion
    4. Glasses strap
    5. Water bottle
    6. A folding chair for the tailgate picnic!

    Attention Rafters!
    The following driving directions are for the Savage Dam release trip only, taking place during specific weekends. For directions to our Harpers Ferry location where many of our other trips take place, please click here

    Directions To Savage River Dam Release:

     From Baltimore / Washington D.C.

    Take 70 W to Hancock. Exit onto 68 W towards Cumberland. Near Frostburg, exit onto 36 S at exit # 34. Continue on 36 to Westernport. In Westernport turn R onto Church Rd. (135 W). Follow 135 W through Luke and Bloomington. In Bloomington, turn L onto Hamill then L onto Owens, continue straight down the hill and park in the small field on the left hand side at the bottom of the hill.

    Location Address and GPS coordinates: 39.476356, -79.069764
    89 Owens Ave Bloomington, MD 21523

     Overnight Lodging Options for the Savage Dam Release Weekend:

    Camping & Cabins:
    – Mineral Co. Parks Basic Cabins: 304-788-5732 (20-30 min)
    (bunk beds sleep 4)
    – Robert W. Craig Memorial Campground: 1-877-444-6777
    (min. of 3 night stay on holiday weekends, minutes from meeting location)
    – Mason Dixon Campground: 814-634-5982 (45 min)
    – The Trails Inn & Cafe: 301-689-6466 (40 min)

    Luxury Cabins with Nearby Lodge:
    – Savage River Lodge: 301-689-3200 (40 min)

    Hotels in La Vale, MD:
    – Best Western Braddock Inn: 301-729-3300

    Hotels in Frostburg, MD: (a fun University town with a lively Main Street)
    – Failinger’s Hotel Gunter: 301-689-6511 (40 min)
    – Hampton Inn Frostburg:  301-689-1998 (35 min)
    – Day’s Inn Frostburg: 301-689-2050 (35 min)

    Hotels in Cumberland, MD:
    – Sleep Inn & Suites:
    301-759-0270 (40 min)

    Hotels in Keyser, WV:
    – Candlewyck Inn: 304-788-6594 (20 min)
    – Keyser Inn: 304-788-0913 (20 min)

“We had an amazing time white water rafting with your company! Thank you for getting us all down the river safely. We can’t wait to come back and do it again.” Thank you, The University of Maryland Eastern Shore

For Reservations Call 301-834-9950

or Book Online Now!

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