Ohiopyle Kayak Demos

Kayaking in Ohiopyle


The Youghiogheny River in Ohiopyle has exciting whitewater kayaking for all experience levels, and the Lower Yough is the best known whitewater run in the eastern United States.  Since there is a reservoir upstream, it reliably runs during the entire busy season from April to the middle of October.


Lower Yough: The Lower Yough begins after Ohiopyle Falls and flows seven miles downstream to the Bruner Run Take-out. The numerous class III and IV rapids make for exciting paddling for experienced whitewater boaters. But be aware — river levels can change the difficulty of rapids. Check at the launch area, contact the park office or check American Whitewater for current water levels.


Loop: The first mile and a half of the Lower Yough is the famous “Loop”. Our shop is located between the take-out and the put in for this section.  And yes it is true, you can walk back to the put in after paddling the Loop, and the “shuttle” is shorter than the paddle. This allows the paddler to run the first few rapids through Railroad without having to run shuttle. The trail out is steep, but quite hikeable. The Loop has the most gradient of the run, and it’s a great place to demo a new kayak!


Note: it’s illegal to run Ohiopyle Falls at a river level over 1.8 feet.

Middle Yough: If you aren’t quite ready for a class III run, the Middle Yough is the perfect training grounds for beginner kayakers. We always say it’s better to practice hard moves in easy water as you are gaining confidence on the river. This class II section of the Youghiogheny River runs from Confluence to Ohiopyle, spanning 9 miles. It begins with Ramcat Rapid, a great training ground to practice your moves, and it ends with Elephant which is another rapid to spend some time in. If you would like to take one of our demo kayaks out on the Middle, we provide shuttles twice daily during peak season. These shuttles have set times and fill up quickly. Please call ahead to reserve a seat on our Middle Yough shuttle. We cannot guarantee a shuttle without prior reservation.

Wilderness Voyageurs Demo Kayaks


At Wilderness Voyageurs outfitter store you can demo a kayak for a loop run or for the day on the Lower or Upper Yough.

Kayak demos only include rental of the boat itself. You’ll need your own paddle, spray skirt and helmet!


Loop Run $20

Lower Yough $40

Middle Yough $40

Upper Yough $30

Call us to reserve a boat or to see what’s available!



If you decide to purchase a new kayak after a demo, the cost of the demo is put toward the cost of the new boat.

These used demo boats are for sale at the end of the season (usually in September)! Follow us on Facebook for updates on the demo boat sale.

2023 Demo Boats


Loki Small
Loki Large
Machno Large
Ozone Medium 
Ozone Large 
Ripper 2 Small 
 Ripper 2 Medium
Ripper 2 Large
Scorch Small 
Scorch X


Zen Medium
Rockstar 4.0 Large
Nirvana Medium
Zen 3.0 Medium
Zen 3.0 Small
Gnarvana Medium
Gnarvana Large


Rewind Large 
Nomad Medium
Nomad Small 
Mamba Small 
Axiom 9.0  Large
Rewind Small
Rewind Medium
Rewind Large
Code Small
Code Medium
Code Large


Delta 73
Alpha 75
Party Braaap 
Remix 59
Remix 79
Remix 69