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 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 Advisory for NSWC Dahlgren Range Testing: NSWC Dahlgren Division will conduct range testing on November 15 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Testing can produce VERY LOUD NOISE in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren. Access to the Potomac River Middle Danger Zone (MDZ), as described in 33 CFR 334.230, will be restricted during testing. 

Noise Questions & Comments: Call NSF Dahlgren: at 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 at (540) 653-8154.

Range Schedule for Nov. 14-18, 2022

Tuesday, November 15

Testing at: Main Range/Buildings 1180-1186/EEA/PRTR River Operations

  • Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Noise on Station: Potential to create “Very Loud” noise in the eastern (Main Range and Terminal Range) area of NSF Dahlgren.
  • Noise Down Range: Potential to create “Very Loud” noise down range and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren.
  • River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 20,000 yards down range from NSF Dahlgren below the yellow “K” buoy (Maryland) and to the yellow “J” buoy (Virginia).
  • Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road/Shocktube Road/Blue Stone Road/Foster Road/Holden Road/River Bank Road/Fuze Road
  • Barricades Closed on Station: Churchill Range/Harris Range/Area 3 Barricade/Shocktube Road Barricade/Hide Away Pond Barricade/1410 Back Gate/Blue Stone Road Barricade/Tisdale/Caskey Barricade/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:
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Wednesday, November 16

Testing at: Buildings 1180-1186/PRTR River Operations/Terminal Range

  • Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Noise on Station: N/A
  • Noise Down Range: N/A
  • River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 20,000 yards down range from NSF Dahlgren below the yellow “K” buoy (Maryland) and to the yellow “J” buoy (Virginia).
  • Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road/Shocktube Road/Blue Stone Road/Foster Road
  • Barricades Closed on Station: Area 3 Barricade/Shocktube Road Barricade/Hide Away Pond Barricade/1410 Back Gate/Blue Stone Road Barricade/Tisdale/Caskey Barricade/Lower Gambo Creek Gate/Middle 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:

Thursday, November 17

Testing at: Main Range/Buildings 1180-1186/PRTR River Operations

  • Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Noise on Station: N/A
  • Noise Down Range: N/A
  • River Restrictions: N/A
  • Roads Closed on Station: Holden Road/River Bank Road/Fuze Road/Tisdale Road/Shocktube Road/Blue Stone Road/Foster Road
  • Barricades Closed on Station: 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/Area 3 Barricade/Shocktube Road Barricade/Hide Away Pond Barricade/1410 Back Gate/Blue Stone Road Barricade/Tisdale/Caskey 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:

Friday, November 18

Testing at: PRTR River Operations

  • Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Noise on Station: N/A
  • Noise Down Range: N/A
  • River Restrictions: N/A
  • Roads Closed on Station:
  • Barricades Closed on Station:
  • EMCON Conditions: N/A
  • MR Shelter Condition:
  • Other Notifications:

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