Stand-up Paddle (SUP) boarding has quickly become an incredibly popular way to enjoy the water. Take a stable surfboard, add a large canoe paddle, and you end up with a recreational watercraft that can be used in oceans, lakes or rivers. With more physical freedom, less gear and a fast learning curve, it’s easy to see why the sport has such high appeal.
Wilderness Voyageurs is your Ohiopyle and Youghiogheny source for Paddleboard rentals and lessons. We offer river-specific paddleboards to learn the basics and get you up and paddling. There are three different options for your SUP experience:
Already have SUP experience and just need to rent a board? We have paddleboards available for $35 per day. Rental includes paddle and lifejacket (PFD). Reservations are recommended. Pick up your board at our Ohiopyle Outfitter Store, adjacent to the railroad tracks. You will need tie-down straps if transporting on roof racks. The Yough Lake is the best destination for an afternoon of lake boarding. It is about 11 miles to the closest launch on Yough Lake, just outside of the town of Confluence. If you have experience in moving water and are up for a workout, the Middle Yough, a class I-II section of river is also an option. This section of river is 9 miles, so it is a pretty big day of paddling. We highly reccomend that if you want to SUP the Middle Yough, that you do it with a group of folks with multiple crafts so that you can switch out who is paddle boarding.
Get a fun group introduction to SUP! These introductory tours are available on weekends, or any day with a group of three or more. No previous experience is necessary!
Check in time is at 9:30. You will be transported to Confluence where you will hit the river after an orientation session. The trip will cover about 2.5 miles of moving river water, and last approximately two hours. Come prepared to get wet! Wear old tennis shoes or water shoes that will stay on your feet—NO flip flops. The cost for this guided experience is $50/person. Reservations are required. Tours are available every Saturday and Sunday, and can be booked on line, Monday through Friday, requires a group of 4 people to operate the tour. Call our offices at 800-272-4141 to set up your SUP tour.
Looking to hone your skills on flat water or want to experiment in whitewater? Prefer a one-on-one instructional experience? We’d love to help you! This option is available any day with advanced reservations.
When: Reserve your space > June 28, July 19, August 9
How Much: Only $99! This includes lunch, equipment and instruction
Where: Meet in Ohiopyle and we’ll give you a ride to Yough Lake
The Details: Your introduction to SUPing will begin on the shores of Youghiogheny Lake. We’ll start an overview of the different kinds of paddleboards, related safety equipment and the terminology you will be using. Next up is paddling techniques, balance and how to position your feet and body on the board. After getting on the water, we’ll spend a few hours getting you comfortable with balancing on the board and gaining stability. As you progress, the focus will shift to paddling technique and ultimately maneuvering the board.
After a lakeside lunch, we move to the Youghiogheny River in Confluence. This section of the Youghiogheny has very mild current and friendly eddies and waves. This setting is prime for the transition from lake paddling towards whitewater SUPing. We will paddle 2 miles of the Youghiogheny down to the Ramcat Launch area.
This day is intended to give you an immersive experience with SUP, and it will help you determine if this is an activity you want to try more. If the answer is YES, join us for a second day, where we will focus on moving water and fine tuning paddling techniques.
What are you waiting for? Come on over to Ohiopyle and hop on a board. “SUPPING,” as it’s popularly known, is a blast! Do it alone, with your family or grab some friends.
Call us at 800-272-4141 to arrange a SUP trip, lesson or rental.
Trip Time - Hours
Varies per water levels & trip size.
May - September
Deli Style and Riverside (weather permitting).