United States Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Guide Things To Do Essentials Restaurants Nightlife Where to Stay Neighborhoods Events Getaways All Washington, D.C. Potomac River Map Written by Rachel Cooper Facebook Twitter Linkedin Rachel Cooper is a travel writer who has lived in the Washington, D.C., area for more than 25 years. She is also the author of several books covering the capital and mid-Atlantic regions. Tripsavvy's Editorial Guidelines Rachel Cooper Updated 05/15/17 Share Pin Email potomacriver.org The Potomac River runs over 383 miles from Fairfax Stone, West Virginia to Point Lookout, Maryland. It affects more than 6 million people who live within the Potomac watershed, the 14,670-square-mile land area where water drains towards the mouth of the river. This map shows the location of the river and its watershed area which spans across several geological regions including the Appalachian Plateau, Ridge & Valleys, Blue Ridge, Piedmont, and Coastal Plain. The main stem plus all major tributaries totals 12,878.8 miles making the Potomac River the 21st largest in the United States. The main tributaries of the Potomac River are North Branch, Savage River, South Branch, Cacapon, Shenandoah, Antietam Creek, Monocacy River, and Anacostia River. The Potomac empties into the Chesapeake Bay downstream. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit Things to Know About Washington DC's Potomac River Kayaking in Washington, D.C.: On the Potomac River & Beyond See Maps of the Chesapeake Bay: Rivers and Access Points Where to Go Kayaking in California The Best Beach in Every State The Best State Park in Every State Seneca Creek State Park: The Complete Guide What You Should Know About the Anacostia River See a Map and Learn About the Geography of Maryland Best Places to Visit Near Washington, D.C. Explore the Outdoors: Recreational Activities Near Washington, D.C. Easy Weekend Getaways From Baltimore 10 Best Road Trips in Virginia The Best Monuments and Memorials in Washington, D.C. Best Places to See Fall Colors in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC 20 Great Small Towns Near Washington, D.C.