The most popular section of river for scouts to raft is the Lower Yough based in Ohiopyle, PA. The Lower Yough (pronounced “Yok”), where the scenery is beautiful and the rapids are challenging. This river runs through the protected wilderness of Ohiopyle State Park, Pennsylvania’s largest park. This is an excellent river section for your scouts ages 12 ****and up. Call us to discuss your scouts that have just crossed over but are proficient swimmers.
The Lower Yough is a Class III “Drop & Pool” river. That means that every whitewater rapid is separated by a calm, deep pool, allowing your scouts to catch their breath, goof with friends, start a water fight and prepare for the next wave of fun. Due to dams upstream, the Lower Yough has dependable Class III whitewater from early spring to fall foliage. Raft trips are available every day from April 1 to October 31.
Units with younger boy scouts rafting should consider the Middle Yough which is a step milder than the Lower Yough but provides a great moving water river experience. Paddle this section of river in an inflatable kayak to up the thrill level, but keep it appropriate for the younger scouts.
Ready for the next level of rafting?
Has your troop already been rafting on the Lower Yough and now wants more of a challenge? The Cheat River Canyon in Albright, West Virginia is a springtime run that is Class IV-V. Minimum age is 16, and previous rafting experience is required to attend this trip. Call for scout pricing.
So your scouts are really into this whitewater rafting thing, well time to turn up the excitement a notch, with the Upper Yough. Called the “Dream Stream” by local guides and kayakers, the Upper Yough in Friendsville, Maryland is a dam release, Class V river. This is some serious, technical water. The minimum age is 16, and you must have previous rafting experience to attend this trip. Call for scout pricing.