Upper Yough Class V Whitewater
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 Cheat River 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.
Upper Yough Rafting
Is a truly classic Class 5 river. Tumbling down through the mountains of Western Maryland, this rafting trip is more like running a steep creek than running a river. Fast paced and action packed you have to be on your toes, ready to paddle hard and precisely following the commands of your expert guide! Your day will start at our outfitter store in Friendsville, Maryland. Located along the banks of the Youghiogheny and just off Interstate 68, we are easy to find.
There you will receive your rafting equipment and and your initial safety briefing. Once in your gear and properly warned about your future endeavor, you head for the put-in.
There you will meet your raft guide, climb into a raft and put on the water! YAHHOO!! The fun begins....The first two miles of the Upper Yough is deceivingly calm and tranquil. Enjoy it! Soon you'll be dropping into Gap Falls & your adrenal glands will start working overtime. You will pick your way down through Class IV rock ledges and tight slots making your way to the pool above Bastard Falls. This is where it gets interesting.
CLASS V RAFTING
Four Class 5 rapids back to back falling a ridiculous hundred and twenty feet per mile. Steep drops, big munchy holes, tight chutes, and powerful wave trains characterize this section of the river. When you pause in the pool below National Falls and gaze back upstream, it will dawn on you that this is what real whitewater is all about.
This is just the beginning to your Class 5 rafting day. You still have the likes of Heintzerling Falls and Meat Cleaver to deal with, not to mention Powerful Popper, Lost and Found, and the Rockies 1 through 4. The river trip covers 11 miles and you will be on
Due to the incredibly tight and technical nature of this section of the Youghiogheny, an immense amount of precision rafting is needed to get down the river. River guides that are on the Upper Youghiogheny have been rafting on average 5 years. By the last rapid you will have had your fill, and you can feel free to relax through the remaining calm water.
Wilderness Voyageurs' Friendsville Outpost is riverside, you will float into the takeout where there are adult beverages and and a great meal fresh from the Falls City Restaurant and Pub.
The Upper Yough has a dam release on every Monday and Friday starting April 18th (April is a little different). Regular Saturday dam releases begin June 21nd - September 13th, with one addtional Saturday release on October 4th. Saturday trips are especially sought after, so book in advance. But the Monday and Friday trips are less crowded, so instead of seeing a boat in every pool, you see the nature that you came to enjoy! Check the Upper Yough release schedule. Call us at 800-272-4141 to book your trip!
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