Lower Yough Rafting

Lower Youghiogheny River White Water Rafting – Ohiopyle, PA

Go Lower Yough Rafting with Ohiopyle’s #1 Outfitter Since 1964!


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?  Wilderness Voyageurs is the first and most experienced outfitter in Ohiopyle, established in 1964. Thousands of families trust their whitewater fun with us every year, for good reason!  We have more than half a century as expert leaders in the outdoors!


The Lower Yough is 7.5 miles of Class III – III + 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. It’s a thrilling whitewater experience & full of adventure!


There are 4 great ways to experience the Lower Yough, choose the trip format that suits your experience, comfort level and risk level:

  • Fully Guided
  • Guide Escorted
  • Deluxe/ Private
  • Boat rentals

Scroll below to read the details of each trip format.

Lower Yough Fully Guided Trips

This trip is ideal for the first timer, or those who want all the comforts of a guide steering the boat.  This trip has been available for many years,  and became the default trip during 2020 due to some advantages that made it more pandemic friendly. Below you will find some of the procedures in place to to accommodate social distancing. These policies will remain in effect through early season 2021.

  • Every boat will have a guide.
  • This trip does not include lunch.
  • Groups and families of 6 people (or any multiple of that number) will be in their own boats.
  • If your group is smaller than 6, you can book an entire boat for just your group. Please call our office to arrange this since there are additional charges to do so.
  • Trip lasts regularly 2.5 hours on water, but could take up to 4.5 hours overall.
  • Kids ages 10-12 are welcome on this trip


  • Mon-Fri $79.00
  • Sat: $99.00
  • Sun: $89.00
(Not including $4.80 in state park and service fees)


The traditional 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.

  • Captain your own raft
  • Lunch is served on the river
  • Trip lasts regularly 3.5 hours on water, but could take up to 5 hours overall.
  • Available for kids 12 and up


  • Mon-Fri $62.00
  • Sat: $82.00
  • Sun: $72.00
(Not including $4.80 in state park and service fees)

Lower Yough Rafting: Deluxe Trip Option

Want to take your Lower Yough experience one step further? You will have a guide in your boat, and your group size will be smaller. You’ll get to stop for side hikes, too, like the spectacular stretch leading up to Cucumber Falls.

  • Mon-Fri: $115.00
  • Saturday: $125.00
  • Sunday: $125.00

(not including $4.80 State Park Use fee and other per person fees)


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

Upgrade To a Ducky On Your Guided Rafting Trip!

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.


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

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.

“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


Fully Guided Check In

9:30AM & 1:30PM

Guide Escorted Check In



Daily Trips April - October


Minimum Age Guide Escorted


Minimum Age Fully Guided

Boat Options

Standard Raft Included
Duckie & Shredder Upgrades Available

River Classification
Class III
Lower Yough Fully Guided Trip
  • Mon.-Fri.

  • Saturday

  • Sunday


(not including $4.80 State Park Use fee and other per person fees)

Deluxe: Fully Guided
  • Mon.-Fri.

  • Saturday & Sunday


(not including $4.80 State Park Use fee and other per person fees)

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