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heads up before opening day

Postby ohioboy » Wed Oct 02, 2013 7:39 pm

I checked the Potomac River today. I wanted to see what the government shut down meant to me:

Rileys is accessible, but the parking lot by the lock house is shut off.
Violettes is sort of accessible, but you can not get to the parking at all. Parking is on the road, turning around is almost impossible.
Pennyfield is accessible.

you might want to check out your local spot if this thing keeps going on.

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Re: heads up before opening day

Postby Cajun1085 » Wed Oct 02, 2013 7:56 pm

Also, The grass is so bad right now it would take no time to burn up an outboard in a few areas FYI.
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Re: heads up before opening day

Postby rxcrider » Wed Oct 02, 2013 8:14 pm

The grass out at Pennyfield does not seem as bad as opening day last year. With all these park closures it will be interesting to see how many hunters show up.
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Re: heads up before opening day

Postby PSUbuzz » Thu Oct 03, 2013 5:06 am

It will be interesting. I talked to my NRP friend yesterday to see if they got furloughed and he said they are still out in full force because they are technically state police. Park rangers on the other hand are on essential personnel only
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Re: heads up before opening day

Postby Cupped-n-Committed » Thu Oct 03, 2013 5:41 am

I saw Taylors and Snyders Ramps last night and they are gated closed and padlocked! Many more will be so also. Some one posted a pictured from Four Locks. They did not have a gate so they put in huge concrete blocks

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Re: heads up before opening day

Postby Jfk1700 » Thu Oct 03, 2013 7:50 am

Will definitely be interesting! River is pretty low as well.

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Re: heads up before opening day

Postby PSUbuzz » Thu Oct 03, 2013 8:37 am

Well since the canal and tow path are park service, but the river itself is state owned, and apparently the state is still working since OMalley on Oct 1 still was able to pass his sb 281, im assuming that the river is still open. Just not the NPS owned ramps. So if youve got a kayak, youre still good. Youll just have to not be some old goat that isnt willing to carry his yak 200yds to the water. :nana:
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Re: heads up before opening day

Postby Skeet123 » Thu Oct 03, 2013 5:44 pm

Can you imagine what the swamp will look like opening day?
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Re: heads up before opening day

Postby ohioboy » Thu Oct 03, 2013 7:54 pm

Skeet123 wrote:Can you imagine what the swamp will look like opening day?

yes. dry (no water in there boys), crowded, bloody (someone is going to get hurt in there soon), full of trash (pick up your sh!t and if you see someone leave trash call them out on it). pretty much sums it up.

i am going fishing. no crowds at the beach that weekend.
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Re: heads up before opening day

Postby Ilovesidebysides » Fri Oct 04, 2013 2:41 pm

Hi guys. Mind if I ask a question? Thanks!
How far up the river are you guys talking about hunting? I fish around dam 4 I think...(Harpers Ferry area). Every time I go, which is often, I see so many geese/ducks. I've heard horror stories about hunting the river though, so I'm terrified to do it. Are you guys way up beyond where I am?
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Re: heads up before opening day

Postby rxcrider » Fri Oct 04, 2013 3:04 pm

Ilovesidebysides wrote:Hi guys. Mind if I ask a question? Thanks!
How far up the river are you guys talking about hunting? I fish around dam 4 I think...(Harpers Ferry area). Every time I go, which is often, I see so many geese/ducks. I've heard horror stories about hunting the river though, so I'm terrified to do it. Are you guys way up beyond where I am?
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I hunt way down river from you between where the Monocacy river joins the Potomac all the down to the no hunting line just below Pennyfield. You just need to be smart about where you set up and I would recommend hunting out of a boat to avoid any issues.
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Re: heads up before opening day

Postby Skeet123 » Fri Oct 04, 2013 5:09 pm

PM sent.
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Re: heads up before opening day

Postby Cupped-n-Committed » Mon Oct 07, 2013 6:21 am

Dam4 and Harpers Ferry are not the same areas. Dam4 is in Washington County and Harpers Ferry is just in Frederick Co.

Sections below Harpers Ferry are blind sited and see the MD blind site registry map so you don't get paying paper from the warden.

You drive my me almost to fish at Dam4. If you want to kayak fish, let me know.
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Re: heads up before opening day

Postby Grey Dog » Mon Oct 07, 2013 1:35 pm

Got off the phone a little while ago with a very helpful State Employee at the Wildlife Heritage Office. He did some checking with the NPS regarding river access and called me back with the following.
The access points that the NPS controls (Violet's, Pennyfield, Edward's, etc.) are closed. Not good for the trailer crowd. Technically, trespass on Park property is not allowed. Of course, neither is jogging, biking or anything else on the tow-path and reportedly there's a lot of that going on, especially downtown.:fingerpt:

The good news: Riley's is MCPPC property and remains unaffected. Also, White's Ferry is a private facility and remains in operation.

DISCLAIMER: This is what I heard, not necessarily what he said.

Good luck everybody. My thoughts will be out there with you. :beer: :thumbsup:

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Re: heads up before opening day

Postby rxcrider » Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:57 pm

Just to clarify The Pennyfield boat ramp is Maryland National Park and planning. The lock house side of Pennyfield is closed like all the other NPS sites. I went out of Riley's on Sunday and there were a ton of bikers and hikers enjoying the closed C&O tow path. :biggrin:
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Re: heads up before opening day

Postby Grey Dog » Mon Oct 07, 2013 4:30 pm

Thanks for the correction. I have not found anywhere on line that verifies the information that I received and posted above.

http://www.dnr.state.md.us/boating/boatramps.asp

According to this site NPS runs all the ramps in that stretch, including Riley's and White's Ferry. That just can't be right. I believe that WF charges a fee for launching.

My brain is starting to hurt again. (viewtopic.php?f=35&t=240922#p2243482)

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Re: heads up before opening day

Postby ohioboy » Mon Oct 07, 2013 5:59 pm

Grey Dog wrote:Thanks for the correction. I have not found anywhere on line that verifies the information that I received and posted above.

http://www.dnr.state.md.us/boating/boatramps.asp

According to this site NPS runs all the ramps in that stretch, including Riley's and White's Ferry. That just can't be right. I believe that WF charges a fee for launching.

My brain is starting to hurt again. (viewtopic.php?f=35&t=240922#p2243482)

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Re: heads up before opening day

Postby rxcrider » Mon Oct 07, 2013 6:01 pm

Grey Dog, thank you for sharing.
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Re: heads up before opening day

Postby Cajun1085 » Tue Oct 08, 2013 7:58 pm

Well they better have them chained up from keeping me from going out Saturday that's for sure! Feds are furloughed right anyway, who is going to charge you for trespassing? Maryland DNR?
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Re: heads up before opening day

Postby ohioboy » Tue Oct 08, 2013 8:02 pm

edwards is under lock and key. no parking area at all either.
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Re: heads up before opening day

Postby Cajun1085 » Tue Oct 08, 2013 8:04 pm

Im going take a ride out that way tomorrow. You know I wasn't going out of Edwards anyway lol
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Re: heads up before opening day

Postby ohioboy » Tue Oct 08, 2013 8:05 pm

oh, swamps are dryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy too.

fun times come saturday to be sure.
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Re: heads up before opening day

Postby Quackkills89 » Wed Oct 09, 2013 4:36 pm

Just moved back from guiding in Texas is the third island still public( the ramp down from Edwards)
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Re: heads up before opening day

Postby Cajun1085 » Wed Oct 09, 2013 6:00 pm

went check out pennyfield today. had to winch my boat across one spot in the creek the water was so low and the grass is thick. it should be interesting Saturday.
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Re: heads up before opening day

Postby Grey Dog » Wed Oct 09, 2013 6:40 pm

Welcome back and condolences!

South of Edwards are Seldon, Van Deventor (alias-Maddox), Ten foot, and Sharpshin Islands. Seldon is private and is licensed shoreline w/ licensed blind sites as well. (see: http://maryland.maps.arcgis.com/apps/OnePane/basicviewer/index.html?appid=720b6b2f4a564db08b7cdf58438636c8)
VD is part of MBWMA and definitely public. I believe that Sharpshin and Ten Foot are private but are not licensed.

Had some discussion of this in an earlier thread too.(/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=232099 )

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