Only half an hour away from Deep Creek Lake, you’ll find the best and biggest whitewater rafting in Maryland! The beautiful Appalachian mountains in the western end of Maryland create a steep river valley with plenty of rocks for fun, technical whitewater action. This verdant, mountainous area forms the headwaters of the Youghiogheny River, which we call the Upper Youghiogheny. Rafting on the Upper Yough is technical, advanced rafting (Class IV-V!), and runs spring through fall in Friendsville, Maryland — only 20 minutes from Ohiopyle, PA! Also nearby is the Savage River, which has been used for the U.S. Olympic Trials and was the site of the 1989 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships! The Savage releases only three times per year, in western Maryland. Both river rafting locations are easy driving distance from Maryland’s popular Deep Creek Lake vacation area!
The Upper Youghiogheny in Friendsville, Maryland is a steep, fast shot of adrenaline! This whitewater river is a Class IV-V section of rafting fun. The Upper Yough is in Garrett County, Maryland, easily accessible from Interstate 68, and just a couple hours from Washington, D.C. If you are planning a Western Maryland vacation to Deep Creek Lake, include this white water adventure on your itinerary. The water that allows us to run this river comes directly from the bottom of Deep Creek Lake itself!
Located in Western Maryland this a little known gem hosted the 1989 Whitewater Kayaking World Championships. The Savage River delivers 5 miles of continuous class III-IV whitewater. We maximize the thrills on this river trip by doing a double run of the whitewater, with lunch in between each lap! There are only 3 releases a year from the Savage River Dam – in summer and fall, so be sure to book well in advance if you want to experience this terrific river trip!
This is a Class V trip that is only available after big rain storms. An inflatable kayak is the standard craft for this adventure. Previous whitewater rafting experience is required! The initial rapid is a 30 foot cascading waterfall. If you are a big time rafting enthusiast looking for special high water runs or an enthusiastic white water kayaker not quite ready to shred it in your hard boat, check out our Rafting Adventurers Club to get on our alert list for new runs each season. This is a great way to see and experience awesome white water without being a Class 5 kayaker yet!