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: 540-653-8153 to 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, December 20

Testing at: Main Range/EEA/PRTR River Operations

  • Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Noise on Station: Potential to create “Very Loud” noise in the southern (Building 101) area of NSF Dahlgren.
  • Noise Down Range: Potential to create “Very Loud” noise downrange and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren.
  • River Restrictions: None
  • Roads Closed on Station: Holden Road/River Bank Road/Fuze Road
  • Barricades Closed on Station: Churchill Range/Harris Range/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:
  • Other Notifications: None

Tuesday, December 21

Testing at: EEA

  • Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Noise on Station: Potential to create “Very Loud” noise in the southern (Building 101) area of NSF Dahlgren.
  • Noise Down Range: Potential to create “Very Loud” noise down range and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren.
  • River Restrictions: None
  • Roads Closed on Station:
  • Barricades Closed on Station: Churchill Range/Harris Range
  • 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

Wednesday, December 22
No testing today. Have a great Navy day

Thursday, December 23
No testing today. Have a great Navy day

Friday, December 24
No testing today. Have a great Navy day


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