We are blessed with the majestic Youghiogheny River. Not only is
it a source of breathtaking beauty, it is a source of high adventure
for the more daring among us. Whitewater boating, whether with kayaks,
rafts or canoes, provides thrills for thosands each year as they
challange the Yough's rapids. Most who make the journey do so as
part of a guided tour (which is the only sensable way unless you
are very experienced). The sojourn will provide memories lasting
Ohiopyle State Park
contains two segments of the Youghiogheny River that are used for
whitewater boating. The famous Lower Yough begins after the Ohiopyle
Falls and contains numerous class III and IV rapids which must be
run with sturdily constructed rubber rafts, kayaks and closed deck
canoes. The Middle Yough, towards Confluence, contains class I and
II whitewater. River levels can change the difficulty of rapids.
Check at the launch area or contact the park office for current
Four authorized concessionaires provide guided river tours on the
Lower Yough. Inflatable kayak and raft rentals are available from
other private businesses for use on the river. Special regulations
are in effect. A separate brochure detailing those regulations applicable
to whitewater boating is available upon request. For complete information
on boating rules and regulations in Pennsylvania, visit the Pennsylvania
Fish and Boat Commission Web site.
Licensed Commercial Outfitters:
Inexperienced boaters should not attempt the Youghiogheny River
without qualified guides. Outfitted trips are available from concessionaires
that provide rafts, guides, all necessary safety equipment, and
transportation to and from the river. The following is a list of
licensed, commercial outfitters currently operating on the Youghiogheny
There is a fee to reserve a launch time at Ohiopyle State Park.
It costs $15 per season, or $2.50 per reservation.