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Old 07-30-2010, 09:11 AM
 
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Are you talking about actually allowing for your dog to swim in the River?
Still waiting for the admonishment bound to follow.
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Old 07-30-2010, 09:40 AM
 
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Are you talking about actually allowing for your dog to swim in the River?
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Yes, it's a wonderful spot that is protected by an island and several fallen trees that long ago dammed up a little swimming hole.
You missed it, it was back on the last page (see quotes above). No admonishment needed since this is a protected area. It's not the same as letting a dog swim in the open river.
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Old 07-30-2010, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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You missed it, it was back on the last page (see quotes above). No admonishment needed since this is a protected area. It's not the same as letting a dog swim in the open river.
I dunno. I've let my dog swim (well, frolic and bounce around--she likes her feet to be on the ground!) in creeks and inlets before, and several people have chewed me out for it (saying the water is polluted, there's who knows what sharp objects at the bottom, etc).

People always find something you're doing wrong!
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Old 07-30-2010, 10:29 AM
 
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The upper part of the Potomac isn't what I'd call a polluted river. There may be some run off from storm drains, but it's not like there are factories upstream pouring chemicals into it. Until you get to DC, the banks are mostly undeveloped on both sides. It's a rapidly moving river, which means it's regularly cleaned by the rainfall and snow melt from the mountains.

To put it in perspective, I feel safe paddling around in it for hours at a time. I eat fish I catch there, and it hasn't killed me yet. So I think it's probably safe to let a dog splash in it. How long is the dog going to splash around in it, anyway? Most dogs play for 5-10 minutes--the river would have to be really toxic for that short of an exposure to hurt them.
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Old 07-30-2010, 10:59 AM
 
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It's not the same as letting a dog swim in the open river.
I've let my dog swim in the river for the past 10 years and have seen no ill effects.
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Old 07-30-2010, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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I've let my dog swim in the river for the past 10 years and have seen no ill effects.
With the Potomac what you have to be worried about is the current. It can be very dangerous in some parts of the river. OTOH, the are large stretches of the river that aren't that dangerous at all. Lowes Island Country Club actually has a swimming platform out in the middle of the river. I would be way to scared to try swimming there myself, but I guess (in that particular area) people do it.
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Old 07-30-2010, 11:15 AM
 
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With the Potomac what you have to be worried about is the current.
Not by the time it gets to Alexandria. Stagnation is a bigger issue.
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Old 07-30-2010, 11:18 AM
 
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Not by the time it gets to Alexandria. Stagnation is a bigger issue.
Very true! The Potomac is like two different rivers, depending if your upriver or downriver of Great Falls.
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Old 07-30-2010, 11:59 AM
 
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Very true! The Potomac is like two different rivers, depending if your upriver or downriver of Great Falls.
Down where we are the tidal surge is much stronger than the current, but if you're not somewhere like the Little Hunting Creek bridge, even that's almost unnoticeable. I never have a problem getting back after I paddle way downriver from Mount Vernon.
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Old 07-30-2010, 02:09 PM
 
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Down where we are the tidal surge is much stronger than the current, but if you're not somewhere like the Little Hunting Creek bridge, even that's almost unnoticeable. I never have a problem getting back after I paddle way downriver from Mount Vernon.
Then it sounds like a dog would be just find around there. A big dog, of course, like a labrador.
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