Welcome to The Potomac River Test Range Website. This page provides daily information about the operations and scheduling of activities at the Potomac River Test Range and the Explosive Experimental Area (Pumpkin Neck). These facilities are used by our military to conduct munitions testing and should be avoided while testing is in progress. Click on any of the areas of interest to the right for additional information.

Range / Weapons Testing Hotline: 877-845-5656 (toll-free) for daily updates on range operation and test schedules.

Noise Questions & Comments:Call NSF Dahlgren: 540-653-8153to comment or ask a question about noise or vibrations you think are being caused by operations at Dahlgren.

For more information on NSWC Dahlgren’s range schedule, contact the NSWCDD Public Affairs Office, (540) 653-8154.

Monday, November 15

Testing at: Main Range/PRTR River Operations/Directed Energy Building 213

*Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Noise on Station: Potential to create “Loud” noise in the eastern (Main Range and Terminal Range) area of NSF Dahlgren.
  • Noise Down Range: Potential to create “Loud” noise down range and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren.
  • River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 10,000 yards down range from NSF Dahlgren below the yellow “O” buoy (Maryland) and to the yellow “N” buoy (Virginia).
  • Roads Closed on Station: Holden Road/River Bank Road/Fuze Road
  • Barricades Closed on Station: Local barricades around the perimeter of B213/Building 997 Gate 1/Building 997 Gate 2/Building 370 Gate/PRTR Main Gate/Star Gauge Road Gate/Olup Gate/Leatherneck Gate/Devil Dog Alley Gate/North Main Range Gate 2/North Main Range Gate 1/Fuze Road Barricade/ Building 1373 Barricade/ Building 235 Barricade/ Building 1160 Barricade
  • EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 995/948/1122/455, Condition 1 in Buildings 1180/1186, Condition 4 in Buildings 102/161/943
  • MR Shelter Condition: Local
  • Other Notifications: None

Tuesday, November 16

Testing at: EEA/PRTR River Operations/Directed Energy Building 213

*Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Noise on Station: None
  • Noise Down Range: None
  • River Restrictions: Upper Machodoc Creek restricted
  • Roads Closed on Station:
  • Barricades Closed on Station: Churchill Range/Harris Range/Local barricades around the perimeter of B213
  • EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 995/948/1122/455, Condition 1 in Buildings 1180/1186, Condition 4 in Buildings 102/161/943
  • MR Shelter Condition:
  • Other Notifications: None
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Wednesday, November 17

Testing at: EEA/PRTR River Operations/Directed Energy Building 213

*Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Noise on Station: Potential to create “Moderate” noise in the southern (Building 101) area of NSF Dahlgren.
  • Noise Down Range: Potential to create “Moderate” noise down range and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren.
  • River Restrictions: Upper Machodoc Creek restricted
  • Roads Closed on Station:
  • Barricades Closed on Station: Churchill Range/Harris Range/Local barricades around the perimeter of B213
  • EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 995/948/1122/455, Condition 1 in Buildings 1180/1186, Condition 4 in Buildings 102/161/943
  • MR Shelter Condition:
  • Other Notifications: None

Thursday, November 18

Testing at: PRTR River Operations/Terminal Range/Directed Energy Building 213

*Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Noise on Station: None
  • Noise Down Range: None
  • River Restrictions: Upper Machodoc Creek restricted
  • Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road
  • Barricades Closed on Station: Local barricades around the perimeter of B213/Lower Gambo Creek Gate/Upper Gambo Creek Gate
  • EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 995/948/1122/455, Condition 1 in Buildings 1180/1186, Condition 4 in Buildings 102/161/943
  • MR Shelter Condition:
  • Other Notifications: None

Friday, November 19

Testing at: EEA/Terminal Range

*Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Noise on Station: None
  • Noise Down Range: None
  • River Restrictions: None
  • Roads Closed on Station:
  • Barricades Closed on Station: All barricades that parallel Tisdale Road from Lower Gambo Creek Gate to Middle Gate including Shell Lane/Churchill Range/Harris Range
  • EMCON Conditions: None
  • MR Shelter Condition:
  • Other Notifications: None

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