River Segments

Capon Lake to Capon Bridge

Distance: 15 miles
Access Point: There are two DNR access points between Capon Lake and Capon Bridge

The long section of the Cacapon River from Capon Lake to Capon Bridge is flat water with occasional riffles during medium flows. There are nice pools for swimming and cliffs for viewing. Look for bald eagles and river otter. In low water this section can be challenging to paddle and slow going. Bass fishing is great at the base of rapids, in the eddies below the large rocks, and in the slow pool areas.


Capon Bridge – Route 127

Distance: 11.5 miles
Paddling Time: 4-5 hours
Skill Level: Class 1-3
The most popular section of the river, this section qualified for Wild and Scenic Designation in the late 1980’s. It contains exquisite scenery and challenging whitewater for the intermediate paddler. The trip begins with flat water and a few riffles flowing through open farmland. After a few miles the river heads left passing high rocky cliffs. After this there are three river-wide ledges that require skill and possible scouting. Toward the end of the run, the Caudy’s Castle rock formation is seen high on the left. From there to the Route 127 bridge is mostly flat water.

  • First ledge – located at the end of a right hand turn with a cliff on the left can be run on the left to center, but is best run on the far right in low water.
  • Second ledge – is at the end of a spectacular rock formation called Chapel Rock. It is best run on the left.
  • Third ledge – largest – intermediate paddlers should scout first best passage is on the right.


Route 127 Bridge – Potomac River

Distance: 38.3 miles
Access Point: There are five DNR access points between 127 and Potomac River.
This section has very little gradient and is a great float-fishing stream, passing through some of the best bass fishing in the state. It transcribes huge loops through the mountains and ridges with beautiful scenery, very few rapids, and many long, flat pools. Obstacle: Dam located about 4 miles above Great Cacapon – portage on the left.



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