Cheat River Canyon

Spring time rafting in northern West Virginia: Cheat Canyon


Upper Yough / Cheat River Specials

Raft the Upper Yough and Cheat River Canyon in a special combo package April 17/18 or April 24-25 at $50 off. Learn about the Upper Yough Here


Friendsville Maryland Class IV-V Whitewater

(Only 30 minutes from Ohiopyle, PA and 15 minutes from Deep Creek Lake, Maryland) 

Are you ready for one of the crown jewels of East Coast whitewater rafting?  The only class 5 Maryland white water rafting.  Summer time class V whitewater is a real treat, especially when it is available three times a week from April until October.  Water is released from Deep Creek Lake into the Youghiogheny River Gorge to make this rafting trip possible.  Releases are generally on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays but the exact days do fluctuate.  Refer to our trip schedule to make sure thaa trip is operating on the day you want to go rafting. River guides and local kayakers refer to the Upper Yough as the "Dream Stream", come on out and see why folks arrange their work schedule around these water releases.

Class III-IV+

Paddle the Mighty Cheat River, Albright West Virginia!

The Cheat River Canyon is pure West Virginia whitewater rafting, deep remote canyon, 40+ rapids and few other river users.  Whether low or high water, the Cheat Canyon is a great & adrenaline filled experience. Eleven miles of white water with more rapids than all the river guides have names, wandering its way through the spectacular Canyon, is enough to impress even the most seasoned whitewater enthusiast.  The Cheat River is remote, yet easy to access from I-68, 3 hours from Washington DC, 1.5 hours from Pittsburgh.

Details of your Cheat Rafting Day

Your day will begin at our outpost just north of Albright, West Virginia, on route 26. We will group up, and gear up, giving a quick safety talk that will be followed by a more in depth one from your guide once you hit the water....Read more about what to expect during your day of rafting the Cheat Canyon

When booking trips for the Cheat River, remember that everyone in your group should be over sixteen, and prior experience isn't necessarily needed, but it is strongly recommended. Also to get the best levels for the Cheat book your trips for the spring, when the levels are at their highest. The Cheat is a natural flowing river, so we have to depend on mother nature to provide the water, as opposed to the man behind the control panel at the dam.

Call us to reserve your trip today! 800-272-4141

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Keep in mind that this is a natural running river and should there be too little water or too much water, the trip will be relocated to an equally exciting stretch of water. That's the good news about Wild and Wonderful West Virigina - there are plenty of whitewater rafting options!

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Gear Directions
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Check In Times Check In Location
 10:00 Albright, West Virginia
Min Age River Classification
16 years old Class III-IV+

Monday-Friday: $75

Saturday: $95

Sunday: $85

 Taxes and Fees not included.



Length Cheat Rafting Season

11 miles 2- 5 hours

March to Mid-June

Trip Format

Fully Guided in rafts at regular water levels and duckies at low levels

Suggested Items to Bring:

Quick Dry Clothing
Shoes (not flip flops)
Wetsuits are available to rent

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"As always, your staff has provided my group with an amazing experience"
Rod Johnson

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