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Encyclopedia > Potomac River
Potomac River
Land use in the Potomac River Basin
Origin Appalachian Mountains
Mouth Chesapeake Bay
Basin countries United States
Length 383 mi (616 km)
Source elevation 3,140 ft (957 m)
Avg. discharge 1,033 ft³/s (315 m³/s)
Basin area 14,679 mi² (38,018 km²)

The Potomac River flows into the Chesapeake Bay, located along the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States (USA). The river is approximately 413 statute miles (665 km) long, with a drainage area of about 14,700 square miles (38,000 km²). In terms of area, this makes the Potomac River the fourth largest river along the Atlantic coast of the USA and the 21st largest in the USA. Over 5 million people live within the Potomac watershed, where precipitation provides the equivalent of over 8 m³ (more than 2,100 US gallons) of water per person per year. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (900x673, 231 KB) 1997 Land Use Map of the Potomac River Basin provided to the public domain by the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Geological Survey. ... A rainy day in the Great Smoky Mountains, Western North Carolina The Appalachian Mountains (French: les Appalaches) are a vast system of North American mountains, partly in Canada, but mostly in the United States, forming a zone, from 100 to 300 miles wide, running from Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, 1... Chesapeake Bay - Landsat photo Chesapeake Bay where the Susquehanna River empties into it. ... A drainage basin is the area within the drainage basin divide (yellow outline), and drains the surface runoff and river discharge (blue lines) of a contiguous area. ... The source of a river or stream may be a lake, a spring, or a collection of headwaters. ... In hydrology, the discharge of a river is the volume of water transported by it in a certain amount of time. ... Chesapeake Bay - Landsat photo Chesapeake Bay where the Susquehanna River empties into it. ... The Atlantic Ocean is the second-largest ocean, covering approximately one-fifth of the earths surface. ... The Murray River in Australia. ... A mile is any of a number of units of distance, each in the magnitude of 1–10 km. ... A kilometre (American spelling: kilometer), symbol: km is a unit of length in the metric system equal to 1000 metres (from the Greek words χίλια (khilia) = thousand and μέτρο (metro) = count/measure). ... A drainage basin is the area within the drainage basin divide (yellow outline), and drains the surface runoff and river discharge (blue lines) of a contiguous area. ... The gallon is a unit of volume used for measuring liquids (as well as dry matter). ...

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Geography

The river forms part of the borders between Maryland and Washington, D.C. (the District of Columbia) on the left bank and West Virginia and Virginia on the river's right bank. The entire lower Potomac River is considered part of Maryland, with the exception of a small tidal portion within the District of Columbia. Except for a small portion of its headwaters in West Virginia, the North Branch Potomac River is considered part of Maryland to the low water mark on the opposite bank. The South Branch Potomac River lies completely within the state of West Virginia except for its headwaters, which lie in Virginia. Image File history File links This is a map of the Potomac River Watershed. ... Official language(s) None (English, de-facto) Capital Annapolis Largest city Baltimore Area  Ranked 42nd  - Total 12,417 sq mi (32,160 km²)  - Width 90 miles (145 km)  - Length 249 miles (400 km)  - % water 21  - Latitude 37°53N to 39°43N  - Longitude 75°4W to 79°33... Flag Seal Nickname: DC, The District Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Location Location of Washington, D.C., with regard to the surrounding states of Maryland and Virginia. ... ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Area  Ranked 41st  - Total 24,244 sq. ... Official language(s) English Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Area  Ranked 35th  - Total 42,793 sq mi (110,862 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 430 miles (690 km)  - % water 7. ... The Potomac River flows into the Chesapeake Bay, located along the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States (USA). ... The Potomac River flows into the Chesapeake Bay, located along the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States (USA). ... The headwaters of a river are small streams that create it. ...


The Potomac River runs 383 miles (616 km) from the Fairfax Stone in West Virginia to Point Lookout, Maryland and drains 14,679 sqare miles (38,018 km²). The average flow is 4.86 million US gallons per minute (306.6 thousand liters per second). The largest flow ever recorded on the Potomac at Washington, D.C. was in March 1936 when it reached 275 billion US gallons per day (12 million L/s). The lowest flow ever recorded at the same location was 388 million gallons per day (17 thousand L/s) in September 1966. The Fairfax Stone was placed settling a boundary dispute between Lord Fairfax and the English Privy Council concerning the Northern Neck of the Potomac River to determine proprietorship during the Survey of 1736/37. ... Point Lookout is the name of a state park in St. ...

View of the Great Falls of the Potomac River during the winter.
View of the Great Falls of the Potomac River during the winter.

The river has two sources. The source of the North Branch is at the Fairfax Stone located at the junction of Grant, Tucker, Preston counties in West Virginia. The source of the South Branch is located near Hightown in northern Highland County, Virginia. The river's two branches converge just east of Green Spring in Hampshire County, West Virginia to form the Potomac. Great Falls of the Potomac River, Maryland This picture, taken in January 2004 shows the falls in winter. ... Great Falls of the Potomac River, Maryland This picture, taken in January 2004 shows the falls in winter. ... The Great Falls of the Potomac River, located 14 miles (22. ... The Fairfax Stone was placed settling a boundary dispute between Lord Fairfax and the English Privy Council concerning the Northern Neck of the Potomac River to determine proprietorship during the Survey of 1736/37. ... Grant County is a county located in the state of West Virginia. ... Tucker County is a county located in the state of West Virginia. ... Preston County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Area  Ranked 41st  - Total 24,244 sq. ... Hightown is an unincorporated village at the crossroads of US 250 and VA 640 in Highland County, Virginia. ... Highland County is a county located in the state of Virginia. ... Green Spring is an unincorporated community in Hampshire County, West Virginia. ... Hampshire County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. ...


Once the Potomac drops from the Piedmont to the Coastal Plain, tides further influence the river as it passes through Washington, D.C. and beyond. Salinity in the Potomac River Estuary increases thereafter with distance downstream. The estuary also widens, reaching 11 statute miles (17 km) wide at its mouth, between Point Lookout, Maryland and Smith Point, Virginia before flowing into the Chesapeake Bay. The James River winds its way among piedmont hills in central Virginia. ... In geography, a coastal plain is an area of flat, low-lying land adjacent to a seacoast and separated from the interior by other features. ... This article is about tides in the ocean. ... Salinity is the saltiness or dissolved salt content of a body of water. ... Estuaries and coastal waters are among the most productive ecosystems on Earth, providing numerous ecological, economic, cultural, and aesthetic benefits and services. ...


History

View of the Potomac from Mount Vernon.
View of the Potomac from Mount Vernon.

The name Potomac is a European spelling of an Algonquian name which supposedly means "river of swans." Other accounts say the name means "place where people trade" or "the place to which tribute is brought" and that the name translated as "river of swans" was another word, Cohongorooton. The spelling of the name has been simplified over the years from Patawomeke to Patowmack in the 18th century and now Potomac. The river's name was officially decided upon as Potomac by the Board on Geographic Names in 1931. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2958x1285, 561 KB) File links The following pages link to this file: Potomac River ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2958x1285, 561 KB) File links The following pages link to this file: Potomac River ... Back of the main house. ... The Algonquian (also Algonkian) languages are a subfamily of Native American languages that includes most of the languages in the Algic language family (others are Wiyot and Yurok of northwestern California). ... Potomac may refer to: Potomac River, which flows through Washington DC and Alexandria VA, USA Potomac, an unincorporated area in Montgomery County, Maryland, USA Potomac, a village in Vermilion County, Illinois, USA Potomac, a Native American tribe A general term given to the Washington, D.C./Maryland metropolitan area One... The United States Board on Geographic Names (BGN) is a US Federal body whose purpose is to establish and maintain uniform usage of geographic names throughout the Federal Government. ...


The Potomac River brings together a variety of cultures throughout the watershed from the coal miners of upstream West Virginia to the urban residents of the nation's capital and, along the lower Potomac, the watermen of Virginia's Northern Neck.


Being situated in an area rich in American history and American heritage has led to the Potomac being nicknamed "the Nation's River." George Washington, the first President of the United States, was born in, surveyed, and spent most of his life within the Potomac basin. All of Washington, D.C., the nation's capital city, also lies within the watershed. The 1859 siege of Harper's Ferry at the river's confluence with the Shenandoah was a precursor to numerous epic battles of the American Civil War in and around the Potomac and its tributaries. General Robert E. Lee crossed the river, thereby invading the North and threatening Washington, D.C. twice in campaigns climaxing in the battles of Antietam and Gettysburg. Pre-Colonial America For details, see the main Pre-Colonial America article. ... George Washington (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799) was the Commander in Chief of American forces in the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), and, later, the first President of the United States, an office he held from 1789 to 1797. ... The presidential seal was used by President Hayes in 1880 and last modified in 1959 by adding the 50th star for Hawaii. ... Harpers Ferry, West Virginia 1865. ... Confluence of Rhine and Mosel at Koblenz In geography, a confluence describes the point where two rivers meet and become one, usually when a tributary joins a more major river. ... This article is about the river in Virginia in the United States. ... Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederate) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties Killed in action: 110,000 Total dead: 360,000 Wounded: 275,200 Killed in action: 93,000 Total dead: 258... For the author of Inherit the Wind and other works, see Robert Edwin Lee. ... Combatants United States of America Confederate States of America Commanders George B. McClellan Robert E. Lee Strength 87,000 45,000 Casualties 12,401 (2,108 killed, 9,540 wounded, 753 captured/missing) 10,316 (1,546 killed, 7,752 wounded, 1,018 captured/missing) The Battle of Antietam (also... Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America Commanders George G. Meade Robert E. Lee Strength 83,289 75,054 Casualties 23,049 (3,155 killed, 14,529 wounded, 5,365 captured/missing) 28,000 (3,500 killed, 18,000 wounded, 6,500 captured/missing) The Battle of...

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers.

The Patowmack Canal was intended by George Washington to connect the Tidewater near Georgetown with Cumberland, Maryland. Started in 1785, it was not completed until 1802. Financial troubles closed the canal in 1830. The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal operated along the banks of the Potomac in Maryland from 1850 to 1924 and also connected Cumberland to Washington, D.C. This allowed freight to be transported around the rapids known as the Great Falls of the Potomac River, as well as many other, smaller rapids. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1477x901, 1079 KB) Description: Harpers Ferry seen from Maryland side of Potomac River Source: Picture taken by Kevin Smith on May 7, 2005 from the overlook on the Maryland side of the Potomac River Photographer/Painter: Kevin Smith File links... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1477x901, 1079 KB) Description: Harpers Ferry seen from Maryland side of Potomac River Source: Picture taken by Kevin Smith on May 7, 2005 from the overlook on the Maryland side of the Potomac River Photographer/Painter: Kevin Smith File links... Harpers Ferry, West Virginia 1865. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Area  Ranked 41st  - Total 24,244 sq. ... This article is about the river in Virginia in the United States. ... The Patowmack Canal is a canal in the United States of America. ... In the United States: Tidewater is a name used to refer to an area in Virginia, in the region around Hampton Roads, Newport News, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach: see Tidewater region of Virginia. ... Georgetown is a neighborhood of Washington, DC, the capital of the United States. ... Location Location in Maryland Coordinates , Government Country State County United States Maryland Allegany County founded incorporated 1787 1815 Mayor Lee N. Fiedler Geographical characteristics Area     City 23. ... The Canal du Midi in Toulouse, France. ... Canal at Swains Lock The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, also known as the C&O Canal, operated from 1850 until 1924 parallel to the Potomac River in Maryland from Cumberland, Maryland to Washington, DC. The total length of the canal is about 184. ... A rapid is a section of a river where it loses elevation over a relatively short distance (that is, the stream gradient is locally steepened), causing an increase in water flow and (usually) turbulence. ... The Great Falls of the Potomac River, located 14 miles (22. ...


With increasing mining and agriculture upstream and urban sewage and runoff downstream, the water quality of the Potomac River deteriorated. This created conditions of severe eutrophication. It is said that President Abraham Lincoln used to escape to the highlands on summer nights to escape the river's stench. In the 1960s, with dense green algal blooms covering the river's surface, President Lyndon Johnson declared the river "a national disgrace" and set in motion a long-term effort to reduce sewage pollution and restore the beauty and ecology of this historic river. By the end of the 20th century, there was notable success, as massive algal blooms vanished and recreational fishing and boating rebounded. Still, the aquatic habitat of the Potomac River and its tributaries remain vulnerable to eutrophication, heavy metals, pesticides and other toxic chemicals, over-fishing, alien species, and pathogens associated with Fecal coliform bacteria and shellfish diseases. It was designated as one of the American Heritage Rivers in 1997. Chuquicamata, the largest open pit copper mine in the world, Chile. ... Sewage is the liquid water produced by human society which typically contains washing water, laundry waste, faeces, urine and other liquid or semi-liquid wastes. ... Run-off or runoff may refer to one of the following. ... To most people not professionally involved in water quality issues, water is either drinkable (technically potable) or contains potentially harmful or toxic substances. ... Eutrophication is apparent as increased turbidity in the northern part of the Caspian Sea, imaged from orbit. ... For other uses of the name Abraham Lincoln, see Abraham Lincoln (disambiguation) Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865), sometimes called Abe Lincoln and nicknamed Honest Abe, the Rail Splitter, and the Great Emancipator, was the 16th President of the United States (1861 to 1865), and the first president... A seaweed (Laurencia) up close: the branches are multicellular and only about 1 mm thick. ... Lyndon Baines Johnson (August 27, 1908–January 22, 1973), often referred to as LBJ, was an American politician. ... Habitat (from the Latin for it inhabits) is the place where a particular species lives and grows. ... The term heavy metal may have various more general or more specific meanings. ... A cropduster spreading pesticide. ... In biology the adjective alien, as in alien species, means that the normal locale is somewhere else, that a species or specimen exceptionally has been established in the area in question. ... A pathogen or infectious agent is a biological agent that causes disease or illness to its host. ... Fecal coliforms are bacteria that ferment lactose to produce acid and gas at 44. ... Phyla/Divisions Actinobacteria Aquificae Bacteroidetes/Chlorobi Chlamydiae/Verrucomicrobia Chloroflexi Chrysiogenetes Cyanobacteria Deferribacteres Deinococcus-Thermus Dictyoglomi Fibrobacteres/Acidobacteria Firmicutes Fusobacteria Gemmatimonadetes Nitrospirae Omnibacteria Planctomycetes Proteobacteria Spirochaetes Thermodesulfobacteria Thermomicrobia Thermotogae Bacteria (singular, bacterium) are a major group of living organisms. ... Shellfish is a term used to describe shelled molluscs and crustaceans used as food. ... American Heritage Rivers are designated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency to receive special attention (coordinating efforts of multiple governmental entities) to further three objectives: natural resource and environmental protection, economic revitalization, and historic and cultural preservation. ...


Political Dividing Point

Some commentators have suggested that, as the Mason-Dixon line demarcated the North/South divide during the 19th Century, so the Potomac has come to separate the Red from the Blue States in 21st Century America [1][2][3][4][5]. Since 2000, the river has symbolized a political border between Democratic Maryland (the North's southernmost state) and Republican West Virginia and Virginia (the South's northernmost states)[6]. As of 2006, no Red State lies above the Potomac River on the Eastern Seaboard, nor does any Blue one lie below it[7]. The original Mason-Dixon Line The Mason–Dixon Line (or Mason and Dixons Line) is a line of demarcation between states in the United States. ...


Despite its status as a political buffer between the Red and the Blue, it has not gained the same kind of notoriety or fame as the Mason-Dixon Line as a cultural feature, likely because it has only acted as a functional boundary for six years, since the 2000 election. Barring some unusual political event (such as former Virginia governor Mark Warner running for President in 2008), it seems likely that the trend will continue and that the Potomac will remain a sort of geopolitical trench between North and South for the forseeable future. Mark Robert Warner (born December 15, 1954) is an American politician from the U.S. state of Virginia and a member of the Democratic Party. ...


However, it must be noted that Northern Virginia, the region located right next to the Potomac on the "red" side, has been voting blue with increasing consistency, notably Fairfax County, Arlington, and Alexandria. Other areas, such as Loudoun County and Prince William County, are more conservative, but are rapidly becoming more Democratic. In the 2005 Gubernatorial election, the entire region continued to move away from the Republicans. Fairfax County, Arlington County, the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, and Falls Church, and for the first time, Loudoun County and Prince William County, went to Tim Kaine, the Democratic candidate for Governor. In 2006, Democrat Mark Herring swept every precinct in the 33rd state Senate District Tuesday, Jan. 31, en route to beating Republican Loudoun County Supervisor Mick Staton by a wide margin of 62 to 38 percent, evidencing Loudoun's transformation into a liberal county.[citation needed] Northern Virginia is a regional area consisting of Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, and Stafford counties and the independent cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Manassas, and Manassas Park. ... Official website: http://www. ... Arlington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Virginia (which calls itself a commonwealth), directly across the Potomac River from Washington, DC. By an act of Congress July 9, 1846, the area south of the Potomac was returned to Virginia effective in 1847 As of 2000... Location Location in Virginia Coordinates , Government Country State United States   Virginia Founded 1718 Mayor William D. Euille Geographical characteristics Area     City 39. ... Loudoun County, Virginia is part of the Washington-Baltimore Metropolitan Area. ... Prince William County is a county located in the state of Virginia, USA. As of 2000, the population is 280,813. ... Map Political Statistics Founded 1805 County Independent City Mayor Robert Lederer Geographic Statistics Area  - Total  - Land  - Water 16. ... Falls Church is an independent city located in Virginia. ... Timothy Michael Kaine (born February 26, 1958 in St. ...


Legal Issues

The Potomac near Arlington, Virginia.
The Potomac near Arlington, Virginia.

For 400 years Maryland and Virginia have disputed control of the Potomac and its North Branch, since both states' original colonial charters grant the entire river rather than half of it as is normally the case with boundary rivers. In its first state constitution adopted in 1776, Virginia ceded its claim to the entire river but reserved free use of it, an act disputed by Maryland. Both states acceded to the Compact of 1785 and the 1877 Black-Jenkins Award which grants Maryland the river bank-to-bank from the low water mark on the Virginia side, while permitting Virginia full riparian rights short of obstructing navigation. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1173x773, 383 KB) Potomac River near Arlington, va. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1173x773, 383 KB) Potomac River near Arlington, va. ... Arlington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Virginia (which calls itself a commonwealth), directly across the Potomac River from Washington, DC. By an act of Congress July 9, 1846, the area south of the Potomac was returned to Virginia effective in 1847 As of 2000... Official language(s) English Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Area  Ranked 35th  - Total 42,793 sq mi (110,862 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 430 miles (690 km)  - % water 7. ...


From 1957 to 1996, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) routinely issued permits applied for by Virginia entities concerning use of the Potomac, however, in 1996 the MDE denied a permit applied for by the Fairfax County Water Authority to build a water intake valve 725 feet offshore, citing potential harm to Maryland's interests by an increase in Virginia sprawl caused by the project. After years of failed appeals within the Maryland government's appeal processes, in 2000 Virginia took the case to the Supreme Court of the United States, which exercises original jurisdiction in cases between two states. Maryland claimed Virginia lost its riparian rights by acquiescing to MDE's permit process for 63 years (MDE began its permit process in 1933). A Special Master appointed by the Supreme Court to investigate recommended the case be settled in favor of Virginia, citing the language in the 1785 Compact and the 1877 Award. On December 9, 2003, the Court agreed in a 7-2 decision. Virginia v. Maryland, 129 S.Ct. 598. Official website: http://www. ... The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest judicial body in the United States and leads the judicial branch of the United States federal government. ... December 9 is the 343rd day (344th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The original charters are silent as to which branch from the upper Potomac serves as the boundary, but this was settled by the 1785 Compact. When West Virginia seceded from Virginia in 1863, the question of West Virginia's succession in title to the lands between the branches of the river was raised, as well as title to the river itself. Claims by Maryland to West Virginia land north of the South Branch (all of Mineral and Grant Counties and parts of Hampshire, Hardy, Tucker and Pendleton Counties) and by West Virginia to the Potomac's high water mark were rejected by the Supreme Court in two separate decisions in 1910. State of Md. v. State of W.Va., 217 U.S. 1 State of Md. v. State of W.Va., 217 U.S. 577 Mineral County is a county located in the state of West Virginia. ... Grant County is a county located in the state of West Virginia. ... Hampshire County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. ... Hardy County is a county located in the state of West Virginia. ... Tucker County is a county located in the state of West Virginia. ... Pendleton County is a county located in the state of West Virginia. ...


North Branch Potomac River

The source of the North Branch Potomac River is at the Fairfax Stone located at the junction of Grant, Tucker and Preston Counties in West Virginia. The Fairfax Stone was placed settling a boundary dispute between Lord Fairfax and the English Privy Council concerning the Northern Neck of the Potomac River to determine proprietorship during the Survey of 1736/37. ... Grant County is a county located in the state of West Virginia. ... Tucker County is a county located in the state of West Virginia. ... Preston County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. ...


North Branch tributaries

Tributaries are listed in order from the source of the North Branch Potomac River to its mouth.

Stony River is a tributary of the North Branch Potomac River in Grant County in West Virginias Eastern Panhandle. ... The Savage River is located in Garrett County, Maryland and is the first large tributary of the North Branch of the Potomac River. ... Georges Creek has its headwaters near Frostburg, Maryland and empties into the Potomac River at Westernport, Maryland all in western Allegany County, Maryland. ... New Creek lies in Mineral County, West Virginia and Grant County, West Virginia, it is the 3rd major tributary to the Potomac Rivers north branch. ... Limestone Run lies to the east of New Creek Mountain in Mineral County, West Virginia and is a tributary of the North Branch Potomac River. ... Wills Creek is a tributary of the North Branch Potomac River. ... Patterson Creek is a tributary of the North Branch Potomac River in West Virginias Eastern Panhandle. ... Mill Creek is a small tributary stream of Patterson Creek in Mineral County, West Virginia. ... Green Spring Run is a small tributary stream of the North Branch Potomac River in Hampshire County, West Virginia. ...

South Branch Potomac River

The South Branch Potomac River has its headwaters in northwestern Highland County, Virginia near Hightown along the eastern edge of the Allegheny Front. The mouth of the South Branch lies east of Green Spring in Hampshire County, West Virginia where it meets the North Branch Potomac River to form the Potomac. A topographic map of the confluence of the North and South Branches can be viewed here. Image File history File links Summary The South Branch Potomac River viewed from Frenches Station Road near South Branch Depot in Hampshire County. ... Image File history File links Summary The South Branch Potomac River viewed from Frenches Station Road near South Branch Depot in Hampshire County. ... The Potomac River flows into the Chesapeake Bay, located along the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States (USA). ... South Branch Depot is an unincorporated community in Hampshire County in the U.S. state of West Virginia. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Area  Ranked 41st  - Total 24,244 sq. ... The headwaters of a river are small streams that create it. ... Highland County is a county located in the state of Virginia. ... Hightown is an unincorporated village at the crossroads of US 250 and VA 640 in Highland County, Virginia. ... The Allegheny Front is an escarpment delineating the eastern edge of the Allegheny Mountains. ... Green Spring is an unincorporated community in Hampshire County, West Virginia. ... Hampshire County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. ... The Potomac River flows into the Chesapeake Bay, located along the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States (USA). ... Example of a topographic map with contour lines Topographic maps, also called contour maps, topo maps or topo quads (for quadrangles), are maps that show topography, or land contours, by means of contour lines. ...


South Branch nomenclature

Early pioneer sources claim that the indigenous Native Americans of the region referred to the South Branch Potomac River as the Wappatomaka. Other variants of this name throughout the river's history were South Branch of Potowmac River, South Branch of the Potowmac River, South Fork Potomac River, Wapacomo River, Wapocomo River, Wappacoma River, Wappatomaka River, and Wappatomica River. An Atsina named Assiniboin Boy Photo by Edward S. Curtis. ...


Places settled in the South Branch valley bearing variants of "Wappatomaka" include Wappacoma plantation built in 1773 and the unincorporated hamlet of Wappocomo (sometimes spelled Wapocomo) at Hanging Rocks, both north of Romney on West Virginia State Route 28. A plantation is an intentional planting of a crop, on a larger scale, usually for uses other than cereal production or pasture. ... In United States law, a region of land is unincorporated if it is not a part of any municipality. ... Wappocomo, West Virginia is an unincorporated community in Hampshire County in the U.S. state of West Virginia. ... The Hanging Rocks are perpendicular cliffs rising nearly 300 feet above the South Branch Potomac River in Hampshire County, West Virginia, four miles north of Romney at Wappacoma on WV 28. ... Early 20th Century view of Romney The Old Hampshire County Courthouse (c. ... West Virginia Route 28 is a north-south route. ...


South Branch headwaters and course

The exact location of the South Branch's source is northwest of Hightown along Parkersburg Pike (U.S. Route 250) on the eastern side of Lantz Mountain (3,934 feet) in Highland County. From Hightown, the South Branch is a small meandering stream that flows northeast along Crab Bottom Road through the communities of New Hampden and Crab Bottom. At Forks of Waters, the South Branch joins with Strait Creek and flows north across the Virginia/West Virginia border into Pendleton County. The river then travels on a northeastern course along the western side of Jack Mountain (4,045 feet), followed by Sandy Ridge (2,297 feet) along U.S. Route 220. North of the confluence of the South Branch with Smith Creek, the river flows along Town Mountain (2,848 feet) around Franklin at the junction of U.S. Route 220 and U.S. Route 33. After Franklin, the South Branch continues north through the Monongahela National Forest to Upper Tract where it joins with three sizeable streams: Reeds Creek, Mill Run, and Deer Run. Between Big Mountain (2,582 feet) and Cave Mountain (2,821 feet), the South Branch bends around the Eagle Rock (1,483 feet) outcrop and continues its flow northward into Grant County. Into Grant, the South Branch follows the western side of Cave Mountain until its confluence with the North Fork at Cabins, where it flows east to Petersburg. At Petersburg, the South Branch is joined with the South Branch Valley Railroad, which it parallels until its mouth at Green Spring. U.S. Highway 250 is a spur of U.S. Highway 50. ... A running stream. ... New Hampden is an unincorporated village in Highland County, Virginia. ... Pendleton County is a county located in the state of West Virginia. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... Franklin is a town located in Pendleton County, West Virginia. ... United States Highway 33 is a north-south United States highway that runs northwest-southeast for 709 miles (1,141 km) from northern Indiana to Richmond, Virginia. ... The Monongahela National Forest is a national forest located in eastern West Virginia, within the portion of the Allegheny Mountains that includes the Allegheny Front and the western portion of the Ridge-and-valley Appalachians. ... Upper Tract is an unincorporated community located in Pendleton County, West Virginia, USA. The community lies along U.S. Highway 220 at the confluence of Reeds Creek and the South Branch Potomac River. ... Grant County is a county located in the state of West Virginia. ... The Potomac River flows into the Chesapeake Bay, located along the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States (USA). ... Cabins is an unincorporated community on the North Fork South Branch Potomac River in Grant County, West Virginia, USA. Cabins lies within the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks Recreation Area of the Monongahela National Forest. ... Petersburg is a city located in Grant County, West Virginia. ... The South Branch Valley Railroad (SBVR) consists of a 52. ... Green Spring is an unincorporated community in Hampshire County, West Virginia. ...

Canoers at Hanging Rocks on the South Branch in the 1890s.
Canoers at Hanging Rocks on the South Branch in the 1890s.

In its eastern course from Petersburg into Hardy County, the South Branch becomes more navigable allowing for canoes and smaller river vessels. The river splits and forms a series of large islands while it heads northeast to Moorefield. At Moorefield, the South Branch is joined by the South Fork South Branch Potomac River and runs north to Old Fields where it is fed by Anderson Run and Stony Run. At McNeill, the South Branch flows into the Trough where it is bound to its west by Mill Creek Mountain (2,119 feet) and to its east by Sawmill Ridge (1,644 feet). This area is the habitat to endangered bald eagles. The Trough passes into Hampshire County and ends at its confluence with Sawmill Run south of Glebe and Sector. The South Branch continues north parallel to South Branch River Road (County Route 8) toward Romney with a number of historic plantation farms adjoining it. En route to Romney, the river is fed by Buffalo Run, Mill Run, McDowell Run, and Mill Creek at Vanderlip. The South Branch is traversed by the Northwestern Turnpike (U.S. Route 50) and joined by Sulphur Spring Run where it forms another island to the west of town. Flowing north of Romney, the river still follows the eastern side of Mill Creek Mountain until it creates a horseshoe bend at Wappocomo's Hanging Rocks around the George W. Washington plantation, Ridgedale. To the west of Three Churches on the western side of South Branch Mountain (3,028 feet), the South Branch creates a series of bends and flows to the northeast by Springfield through Blue's Ford. After another horseshoe bend, the South Branch flows under the old Baltimore and Ohio Railroad mainline between Green Spring and South Branch Depot, and joins the North Branch to form the Potomac. Image File history File links HangingRocksWV1890s. ... Image File history File links HangingRocksWV1890s. ... The Hanging Rocks are perpendicular cliffs rising nearly 300 feet above the South Branch Potomac River in Hampshire County, West Virginia, four miles north of Romney at Wappacoma on WV 28. ... The Potomac River flows into the Chesapeake Bay, located along the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States (USA). ... Hardy County is a county located in the state of West Virginia. ... Canoe at El Nido, Philippines A canoe is a relatively small human-powered boat. ... Moorefield is a town in Hardy County, West Virginia, USA. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 2,375. ... The Potomac River flows into the Chesapeake Bay, located along the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States (USA). ... Old Fields is an unincorporated community on the South Branch Potomac River in northern Hardy County, West Virginia. ... McNeill is an unincorporated community in Hardy County, West Virginia, USA. It lies near the South Branch Potomac River on Trough Road (County Route 6). ... The Trough is a natural landmark located in the Alleghany Mountains of Hampshire and Hardy Counties in West Virginias Eastern Panhandle region. ... Mill Creek Mountain is a continuous mountain ridge that runs northeast through Hampshire and Hardy counties in West Virginias Eastern Panhandle, rising to its greatest elevation of 2,648 feet (807 m) above sea-level at High Knob. ... Binomial name Haliaeetus leucocephalus (Linnaeus, 1766) The Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) is a raptor that is indigenous to North America, and is the national symbol of the United States of America. ... Hampshire County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. ... Glebe, West Virginia, is an unincorporated community in Hampshire County in the U.S. state of West Virginia. ... Sector is an unincorporated community in Hampshire County in the U.S. state of West Virginia. ... South Branch River Road is Hampshire County, West Virginias state Secondary Route (County Route) 8. ... Shields for CR 581 in Tampa, Florida. ... Early 20th Century view of Romney The Old Hampshire County Courthouse (c. ... Mill Run is a tributary of the South Branch Potomac River, belonging to the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds. ... Mill Creek is a tributary stream of the South Branch Potomac River, belonging to the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds. ... Vanderlip is an unincorporated community in Hampshire County in the U.S. state of West Virginia. ... Elevation cross-section of US 50 between Romney and Gormania, WV US 50 follows the Northwestern Turnpikes path. ... MAJOR JUNCTIONS JUNCTION MILEPOST Legend BROWSE STATE HWYS CA: CA-49 CA-51 U.S. Highway 50 is an east-west United States highway. ... Wappocomo, West Virginia is an unincorporated community in Hampshire County in the U.S. state of West Virginia. ... The Hanging Rocks are perpendicular cliffs rising nearly 300 feet above the South Branch Potomac River in Hampshire County, West Virginia, four miles north of Romney at Wappacoma on WV 28. ... Three Churches, West Virginia, is an unincorporated community in Hampshire County in the U.S. state of West Virginia. ... South Branch Mountain is a mountain ridge that runs southwest to northeast through Hampshire and Hardy Counties in West Virginias Eastern Panhandle, rising to its greatest elevation of 3,028 feet (923 m) above sea-level in the Nathaniel Mountain Wildlife Management Area. ... Springfield is an unincorporated town in Hampshire County, West Virginia, USA. It is located north of Romney along West Virginia State Route 28 at its junction with Green Spring Road (County Route 1) and Springfield Pike (County Route 3). ... 1876 map The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) is one of the oldest railroads in the United States, with an original line from the port of Baltimore, Maryland west to the Ohio River at Wheeling, West Virginia and Parkersburg, West Virginia. ... Green Spring is an unincorporated community in Hampshire County, West Virginia. ... South Branch Depot is an unincorporated community in Hampshire County in the U.S. state of West Virginia. ...


South Branch tributaries

Big Run is a tributary stream of the South Branch Potomac River, belonging to the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds. ... Lunice Creek is a tributary of the South Branch Potomac River, belonging to the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds. ... Mill Creek is a tributary stream of the South Branch Potomac River, belonging to the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds. ... Mill Run is a tributary of the South Branch Potomac River, belonging to the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds. ... The Potomac River flows into the Chesapeake Bay, located along the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States (USA). ... The Potomac River flows into the Chesapeake Bay, located along the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States (USA). ...

North Fork South Branch Potomac River

The North Fork South Branch Potomac River forms just north of the Virginia/West Virginia border in Pendleton County at the confluence of the Laurel Fork and Straight Fork along Big Mountain (3,881 feet). From Circleville, the North Fork flows northeast through Pendleton County between the Fore Knobs (2,949 feet) to its west and the River Knobs (2,490 feet) to its east. At Mouth of Seneca, the North Fork is met by Seneca Creek. From Mouth of Seneca, the North Fork continues to flow northeast along the western edge of North Fork Mountain (3,389 feet) into Grant County. Flowing east through North Fork Gap, the North Fork joins the South Branch Potomac at the town of Cabins, west of Petersburg. Pendleton County is a county located in the state of West Virginia. ... Circleville is an unincorporated community located in Pendleton County, West Virginia, USA. Circleville was named for a Mr. ... Grant County is a county located in the state of West Virginia. ... Cabins is an unincorporated community on the North Fork South Branch Potomac River in Grant County, West Virginia, USA. Cabins lies within the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks Recreation Area of the Monongahela National Forest. ... Petersburg is a city located in Grant County, West Virginia. ...


South Fork South Branch Potomac River

The South Fork South Branch Potomac River forms just north of U.S. Route 250 in Highland County, Virginia near Head Waters and empties into the South Branch Potomac River at Moorefield in Hardy County, West Virginia. U.S. Highway 250 is a spur of U.S. Highway 50. ... Highland County is a county located in the state of Virginia. ... Official language(s) English Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Area  Ranked 35th  - Total 42,793 sq mi (110,862 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 430 miles (690 km)  - % water 7. ... Moorefield is a town in Hardy County, West Virginia, USA. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 2,375. ... Hardy County is a county located in the state of West Virginia. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Area  Ranked 41st  - Total 24,244 sq. ...


Upper Potomac River

This stretch encompasses the stretch of the Potomac River from the confluence of the North and South Branches to the Great Falls of the Potomac River at Great Falls, Virginia. Confluence of Rhine and Mosel at Koblenz In geography, a confluence describes the point where two rivers meet and become one, usually when a tributary joins a more major river. ... The Great Falls of the Potomac River, located 14 miles (22. ... Great Falls is a census-designated place (CDP) located in Fairfax County, Virginia. ...


Upper Potomac tributaries

The Potomac River flows into the Chesapeake Bay, located along the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States (USA). ... The Potomac River flows into the Chesapeake Bay, located along the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States (USA). ... The Little Cacapon viewed north from Okonoko-Little Cacapon Road (CR 2/7) Bridge. ... The Little Cacapon viewed north from Okonoko-Little Cacapon Road (CR 2/7) Bridge. ... The Little Cacapon viewed north from Okonoko-Little Cacapon Road (CR 2/7) Bridge. ... The Cacapon River, located in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginias Eastern Panhandle region, is a beautiful and scenic river known for its outstanding fishing, boating, wildlife, and scenery. ... Capon Springs Run is a tributary stream of the Cacapon River in Hampshire County of West Virginias Eastern Panhandle. ... Dillons Run is a tributary of the Cacapon River, belonging to the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds. ... Edwards Run is a tributary of the Cacapon River, belonging to the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds. ... The Lost River is located in the Appalachian Mountains of Hardy County in West Virginias Eastern Panhandle region. ... Mill Branch is a tributary stream of the Cacapon River, belonging to the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds. ... North River is a tributary of the Cacapon River, belonging to the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds. ... Tearcoat Creek is a free-flowing tributary stream of the North River, itself a tributary of the Cacapon River, making it a part of the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds. ... Sleepy Creek is a tributary of the Potomac River, belonging to the Chesapeake Bays watershed. ... Meadow Branch is a tributary stream of Sleepy Creek in West Virginias Eastern Panhandle region. ... Cherry Run is a small meandering stream that forms the northern section of the boundary between Morgan and Berkeley Counties in West Virginias Eastern Panhandle. ... Back Creek is a tributary of the Potomac River that flows north from Frederick County, Virginia to Berkeley County in West Virginias Eastern Panhandle. ... Tilhance Creek is a tributary stream of Back Creek in Berkeley County of West Virginias Eastern Panhandle. ... Opequon Creek is a tributary of the Potomac River. ... Middle Creek is a tributary of Opequon Creek, beloning to the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds, located in Berkeley County in West Virginias Eastern Panhandle. ... Mill Creek is a tributary of Opequon Creek, beloning to the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds, located in Berkeley County in West Virginias Eastern Panhandle. ... Tuscarora Creek is a tributary of Opequon Creek, belonging to the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds, located in Berkeley County in West Virginias Eastern Panhandle. ... Burnside Bridge traversing Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg, Maryland, site of heavy combat during the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) on September 17, 1862 Antietam Creek is a tributary of the Potomac River located in south central Pennsylvania and western Maryland in the United States. ... This article is about the river in Virginia in the United States. ... The North Fork Shenandoah River is one of two forks, along with the South Fork, that unite to form the Shenandoah River in northwestern Virginia in the United States. ... The South Fork Shenandoah River is one of two forks that unite to form the Shenandoah River in northwestern Virginia in the United States. ... Catoctin Creek is a tributary of the Potomac River located in Loudoun County, Virginia, USA. The Catoctin Creeks watershed occupies 59,000 acres. ... Catoctin Creek is a tributary of the Potomac River located in Frederick County, Maryland, USA. Catoctin Creek enters the Potomac River east of Brunswick. ... The Monocacy River is a free-flowing tributary of the Potomac River, which empties into the Atlantic Ocean via the Chesapeake Bay. ... Seneca Creek, looking upstream from Berryville Road The Aqueduct at Rileys Lock Seneca Creek is located in Montgomery County, Maryland roughly sixteen miles to the northwest of Washington, D.C. The creek begins in multiple areas of Gaithersburg, Germantown, and Boyds, the two main tributaries converging roughly at Darnestown. ... Pimmit Run is a stream in Northern Virginia that runs from Fairfax County to the Potomac River at Chain Bridge in the Arlingwood neighborhood of Arlington County. ...

Tidal Potomac River

Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C., viewed from across the Tidal Basin of the Potomac.
Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C., viewed from across the Tidal Basin of the Potomac.
The Pentagon, looking northeast with the Potomac in the distance.
The Pentagon, looking northeast with the Potomac in the distance.

The Tidal or Lower Potomac River lies below the Fall Line. This stretch encompasses the Potomac from about one mile below the Washington, DC - Maryland line, just below the Little Falls of the Potomac River where the tidal river begins, to the Chesapeake Bay Download high resolution version (1024x768, 655 KB)This is a file from the Wikimedia Commons, a repository of free content hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation. ... Download high resolution version (1024x768, 655 KB)This is a file from the Wikimedia Commons, a repository of free content hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation. ... Jefferson Memorial at dusk, illuminated Rudolph Evans statue with the Declaration of Independence preamble to the right The front steps of the Jefferson Memorial The Jefferson Memorial at night, reflected on the Potomac River. ... Flag Seal Nickname: DC, The District Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Location Location of Washington, D.C., with regard to the surrounding states of Maryland and Virginia. ... The Tidal Basin is a partially man-made inlet adjacent to the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. It is part of West Potomac Park and is surrounded by the Jefferson Memorial and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2734x1726, 963 KB) The Pentagon, headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense, looking northeast with the Potomac River and Washington Monument in the distance. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2734x1726, 963 KB) The Pentagon, headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense, looking northeast with the Potomac River and Washington Monument in the distance. ... A pre-9/11 view of The Pentagon, looking east with the Potomac River and Washington Monument in the distance. ... Chesapeake Bay - Landsat photo Chesapeake Bay where the Susquehanna River empties into it. ...


Tidal Potomac tributaries

Spout Run is a small stream in Arlington County, Virginia. ... Rock Creek is a free-flowing tributary of the Potomac River, which empties into the Atlantic Ocean via Chesapeake Bay. ... Tiber/Goose Creek around 1800, and the modern shorelines of the Potomac River. ... The Anacostia River is a river that flows about 8. ... The Anacostia River is a river that flows about 8. ... Sligo Creek is a free-flowing tributary of the Northwest Branch of the Anacostia River, which feeds into the Potomac River and eventually emptys into the Atlantic Ocean via Chesapeake Bay. ... The Anacostia River is a river that flows about 8. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Piscataway Creek is a tidal tributary of the Potomac River in Prince Georges County, Maryland. ... The Occoquan River flows into the Potomac River at Belmont Bay, and is located in Northern Virginia, along the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States (USA). ... Bull Run stream originates from a spring in the Bull Run Mountains in Loudoun County and flows south to the Occoquan River. ... Neabsco Creek is a tributary of the lower tidal segment of the Potomac River located in eastern Prince William County, Virginia. ... Mattawoman Creek is a tidal tributary of the Potomac River located in Prince Georges and Charles Counties in Maryland. ... Quantico Creek is a tidal tributary of the Potomac River located in eastern Prince William County, Virginia. ... Aquia Creek is a tributary of the tidal segment of the Potomac River located in Northern Virginia. ... Port Tobacco Historic District One of the oldest communities on the East Coast, Port Tobacco first existed as the Indian settlement of Potopaco and was colonized by the English as early as 1634. ... The Wicomico River is a tributary of the lower tidal portion of the Potomac River located in the state of Maryland south of Washington, DC. The river empties into the Potomac at Cobb and St. ... Popes Creek is a small tidal tributary stream of the Potomac River in Westmoreland County, Virginia. ... The St. ... The Yeocomico River is a small tributary of the southern tidal portion of the Potomac River in Virginias Northern Neck. ... Hull Creek is a tributary of the tidal portion of the Potomac River in Northumberland County in Virginias Northern Neck. ...

See also

This is a list of cities, towns, and communities along the Potomac River and its branches in the United States. ... This is a list of bridges and other crossings of the Potomac River and its North and South branches. ... This is a list of islands on the Potomac River and its North and South branches. ... This is a complete list of tributary streams of the Potomac River in the Eastern United States. ... The following have been listed as variant names of the Potomac River throughout its history by the Geographic Names Information System. ... This is a list of rivers in the U.S. state of Maryland: Anacostia River Antietam Creek Back River River Big Pipe River Catoctin River Chester River Choptank River Christina River Deer River Dividing River Elk River Gunpowder River Jones Falls Little Choptank River Little Monocacy River Little Pipe River... This is a list of rivers in the U.S. state of Virginia, as listed in The Hornbook of Virginia History (1994 edition). ... This is a list of rivers in the U.S. state of West Virginia. ... The Arakawa River The Arakawa River (Japanese: 荒川) is one of the principal rivers flowing through Tokyo, the capital city of Japan. ...

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Cities and towns | Bridges | Islands | Variant names This is a list of cities, towns, and communities along the Potomac River and its branches in the United States. ... This is a list of bridges and other crossings of the Potomac River and its North and South branches. ... The following have been listed as variant names of the Potomac River throughout its history by the Geographic Names Information System. ...

Regions
Allegheny Front | Allegheny Mountains | Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area | Blue Ridge Mountains | Cumberland Valley | Eastern Panhandle | Northern Neck | Northern Virginia | Potomac Highlands | Ridge-and-valley Appalachians | Shenandoah Valley | Southern Maryland | Western Maryland
Tributaries
North Branch Potomac River (MD/WV) | Stony River (WV) | Savage River (MD) | Georges Creek (MD) | New Creek (WV) | Wills Creek (MD) | Patterson Creek (WV) | South Branch Potomac River (WV/VA) | Lunice Creek (WV) | Little Cacapon River (WV) | Cacapon River (WV) | Lost River (WV) | North River (WV) | Tearcoat Creek (WV) | Sleepy Creek (WV/VA) | Cherry Run (WV) | Back Creek (WV/VA) | Opequon Creek (WV/VA) | Antietam Creek (PA/MD) | Shenandoah River (WV/VA) | North Fork Shenandoah River (VA) | South Fork Shenandoah River (VA) | Monocacy River (MD) | Catoctin Creek (MD) | Catoctin Creek (VA) | Seneca Creek (MD) | Pimmit Run (VA) | Rock Creek (DC/MD) | Anacostia River (DC/MD) | Sligo Creek (MD) | Piscataway Creek (MD) | Occoquan River (VA) | Bull Run (VA) | Neabsco Creek (VA) | Mattawoman Creek (MD) | Quantico Creek (VA) | Aquia Creek (VA) | Nanjemoy Creek (MD) | Port Tobacco River (MD) | Wicomico River (MD) | St. Marys River (MD) | Yeocomico River (VA) | Hull Creek (VA)
Reservoirs
Lake Accotink | Lake Anne | Lake Barcroft | Lake Braddock | Breckenridge Reservoir | Brushy Fork Lake | Burke Lake | Dalecarlia Reservoir | Lake Fairfax | Georgetown Reservoir | Lake Holiday | Jennings Randolph Lake | Lake Manassas | McMillan Reservoir | Lake Montclair | Mount Storm Lake | Occoquan Reservoir | Sleepy Creek Lake | Stony River Reservoir
Dependent states
District of Columbia | Maryland | Pennsylvania | Virginia | West Virginia

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About the Potomac River (0 words)
The Potomac River is often referred to as the "Nation's River," because it flows through the nation's capital, where the magnificent monuments of the Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln memorials are reflected in its waters.
Its major tributaries include the Monocacy, Savage, and St. Mary's Rivers in Maryland; the Shenandoah and Occoquan Rivers in Virginia; the South Branch and Cacapon Rivers in West Virginia; Conococheague and Antietam Creeks in Pennsylvania; and the Anacostia River in the District of Columbia.
The history of the Potomac River is linked to the historical events and growth that has taken place in its basin.
Potomac River - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2330 words)
The Potomac River brings together a variety of cultures throughout the watershed from the coal miners of upstream West Virginia to the urban residents of the nation's capital and, along the lower Potomac, the watermen of Virginia's Northern Neck.
The 1859 siege of Harper's Ferry at the river's confluence with the Shenandoah was a precursor to numerous epic battles of the American Civil War in and around the Potomac and its tributaries.
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers.
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