Lower Yough Rafting – Youghiogheny River

Lower Youghiogheny River White Water Rafting – Ohiopyle, PA

Whether this is your first white water rafting trip or you’re an experienced rafter, the Lower Yough (pronounced “Yok”), in the heart of The Laurel Highlands, is a blast!! And what could be a better way to spend a hot summer day than on the river? The Lower Yough is Class III whitewater which means it is fun. It’s perfect for those who haven’t had prior whitewater experience or for those who have. This is typically a guide assisted trip, but we also offer a guide in boat option or a deluxe trip down Ohiopyle’s white water.


You’ll begin your day at Wilderness Voyageurs’ Ohiopyle rafting center where you’ll check in, receive your life jacket & helmet and meet a couple of your River Guides. From there you will be transported to the staging area where you’ll begin your river trip. Dividing into groups of 4 – 6 people, you’ll climb into your rafts for an introduction to river running before hitting the water. River safety, paddle strokes, boat maneuvering and what to expect on the water will all be covered. From there, you will head to the river and the fun begins! After a few moments of getting comfortable in your raft and listening to your captain’s commands, you’ll float into the first Class III rapid, Entrance Rapid. That sets the stage and gives you a feel for the rest of the day.


The Lower Yough is 7.5 miles of Class III – IV whitewater rapids. It is considered a drop & pool river: the rapids are separated by calm deep pools, allowing you to catch your breath and enjoy the scenery. You will stop along halfway through the day for a deli style lunch – complete with cookies & fruit! It is a thrilling whitewater experience & full of adventure!


The standard trip format for the Lower Youghiogheny, is called “Guide Escorted.”  This means you will be captain of your own raft. River guides are in rafts and kayaks around you to explain how to navigate the rapids. It’s essential to pay attention to the guides and their directions!  Wilderness Voyageurs has conducted more than 600,000 people down the Lower Yough in this format over the last 50 years.  If you would like to have a guide in your raft or experience a smaller, more intimate rafting trip, there are multiple trip formats available on the Lower Yough. Call to request a guide in your boat (not guaranteed on Guide-Escorted trips), or upgrade to a fully guided trip.

Trips conducted on the Lower Youghiogheny are done so under a concession agreement with Ohiopyle State Park and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.



The Lower Yough is a fun, Class III whitewater trip that is typically operated as a guide-assisted trip, meaning you won’t have a guide in your boat. However, you might feel more comfortable with a guide in your boat. That’s what the Guide in Boat option is for! You will enjoy the added confidence of a professional guide helping you navigate the whitewater rapids on the Lower Youghiogheny.


You must reserve the Guide in Boat option along with your trip when you make your reservation by calling our office at 1-800-272-4141.


*Please note that this is not a Deluxe Trip. You will still be joining the rest of the Guide Assisted Trip. If you want a guide in your boat and a more personal experience, please see the details about the Lower Yough Deluxe Trip in Ohiopyle.



You know the Lower Yough in Ohiopyle, PA is a fun, Class III whitewater trip, but there’s also an option that takes it even further. Welcome to the Deluxe Trip! You will have a guide in your own boat and your trip can have a maximum of 20 people in your group (the regular Lower Yough Guided trips have up to 80 people). You’ll get to stop for side hikes, too, like the spectacular stretch leading up to Cucumber Falls.


Back in the raft, your guide will share information about the area while guiding you skillfully through the rapids. Your guide will do the navigating, letting you know when to paddle and when to sit back and enjoy the scenery of Ohiopyle State Park.


Downstream you’ll pull over to enjoy a deluxe deli lunch. Food tastes extra good after you’ve been paddling and hiking! Have a special dietary need? Please let us know!


To reserve your private deluxe trip please call 1-800-272-4141



Upgrade to a ducky and captain your own super fun inflatable kayak! Ducky upgrades are $10pp +tax, based on availability and water levels. Must call to book this upgrade.  You can also rent a solo or tandem ducky, which is $35pp + tax. Must call to book duckie rentals as well.

Important: Availability of ducky upgrades are dependent on current water levels.

Ohiopyle Lower Yough Rafting
Ohiopyle Lower Yough Rafting

“My husband and I went on a guide escorted tour of the Lower Yough. The guides were great, super knowledgeable and were all very entertaining. They did an excellent job telling everyone how to guide the raft, and were very helpful when it came to navigating the rapids.” ~Topaz597 – Ohio

Lower Yough Rafting - Wilderness Voyageurs DCNR

Trip Information

3 - 5

Trip Time - Hours

Varies per water levels & trip size.

Check In Location
Ohiopyle, PA


Check In Times

9:30 | 11:30 | 1:30


Daily Trips April - October

River Classification
Class III

Minimum Age


Deli Style and Riverside (weather permitting).

Boat Options

Standard Raft Included
Duckie & Shredder Upgrades Available

Guide Escorted-Standard Trip
  • Mon.-Fri.

  • Saturday

  • Sunday


(not including $4.70 State Park Use fee per person)

Guide In Boat

To determine cost it is the cost for the guide + the cost of the raft trip on the day of the week you desire. A raft holds 5 ppl + guide

  • Cost for Guide for up to 5 persons

  • Mon.-Fri.

  • Saturday

  • Sunday


(not including $4.70 State Park Use fee per person)

Deluxe: Fully Guided
  • Mon.-Fri.

  • Saturday


(not including $4.70 State Park Use fee per person)

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