Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Fish Ladder


The "Fish Ladder" is a series of Class V rapids (under certain conditions) carrying an estimated 10-20% of the Potomac River's total flow.


11 comments:

  1. And if you are a fish you have to endure those conditions. Just think about it.

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  2. I'm missing some perspective here...how tall are these rocks? It looks rather like a smallish creek but I'm guessing it's much bigger than that.

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    1. Well, the ledge in the second photo I would put at 10-12 feet. The cliff in the first photo is probably double that. But then the cliffs in the gorge beyond are many times that height.

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  3. Remarkable landscape- or waterscape!

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  4. Is it meant to be a way for salmon to go upriver? Or is that just a name for the rapids?

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    1. No salmon in the Potomac River, at least none that I'm aware of. There are plenty of other fish species, though, and there may indeed at one time been a fish ladder here for some of these. But these days, it's really just a destination for highly skilled kayakers who are willing to take on some very challenging whitewater.

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  5. A ladder I'd probably skip using!

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