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!
NEW PROTOCOLS (AS OF MARCH 1, 2021)
As we head towards a new rafting season, much is still in flux in regards to the protocols that will be in place a month, or 2 months from now. We will continue to follow the latest guidance from the CDC and our primary regulators, Pennsylvania DCNR.
At the moment we are planning on operating under most of the guidelines that we implemented in 2020 and allowed us to have a successful rafting season last year.
We do intend to continue to take temperatures of all participants prior to their activity. Masks will continue to be required while in any facilities and during all transportations.
Read more about our 2020 (early 2021) Ohiopyle adventure protocols.
Guide escorted trips on the Lower Yough will return to the line up and lunch will be served on our full day river trips.
There are 4 great ways to experience the Lower Yough, choose the trip format that suits your experience, comfort level and risk level:
Scroll below to read the details of each trip format.
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 accomodate soical distancing. These policies will remain in effect through early season 2021.
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.
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.
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.
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
Trip Time - Hours
Varies per water levels & trip size.
9:00 | 10:00 | 11:00 | 12:00 | 1:00 | 2:00
Daily Trips April - October
Standard Raft Included
Duckie & Shredder Upgrades Available