Spring Whitewater Rafting – Ohiopyle and West Virginia

Hit the River this Spring – Lower Yough, Middle Yough, Upper Yough, and Cheat River Trips

Ohiopyle Spring Whitewater Rafting Trips


Spring rafting with Wilderness Voyageurs starts on April 1 this year! A spring rafting trip is the perfect way to experience the thrill of the river but beat the crowds that summer can bring.  Spring in Ohiopyle is a beautiful, mild season with blooming Trilliums and great water levels. Plus, wet suits and paddling jackets are available for all Wilderness Voyageurs spring whitewater rafting trips.


This spring, we will be running whitewater rafting trips on the Upper, Middle, and Lower Yough, plus the Cheat River Canyon. Springtime in Ohiopyle is perfect for not only rafting, but hiking on the Laurel Highlands trail, or a bike ride on the Great Allegheny Passage. The Falls City Pub & Outfitter Store are open and ready to serve you, too!


Get ready for your trip – read our blog on How to Dress for Whitewater Rafting!

Kick Off Weekend – April 13 & 14


We love to start the season with a bang! Kick Off Weekend is a celebration of the start to rafting season in Ohiopyle. This year we are celebrating on April 13 & 14 with Lower Yough Rafting on Saturday and Cheat Canyon Rafting Sunday.  Other events include Free bike, kayak, and drysuit demos, huge sidewalk sales, and a Gearswap!

The Kick Off Weekend Package Includes…

  • 2 Days of whitewater – Lower Yough & Cheat
  • Wetsuits & paddling jackets for both days
  • Buffet Dinner on Saturday
  • Socially distanced live music outside of Falls City Pub in the evening
  • For only $175 per person (You Save $150!)

Ohiopyle & West Virginia White Water Rafting Trips Available in the Spring

Lower Yough Spring Rafting

Lower Yough Rafting – Ohiopyle


Whether this is your first white water rafting trip or you’re an experienced rafter, the Lower Yough, located in Ohiopyle is a blast! If you have a mix of whitewater veterans and first timers, this is a great river for you. Hit class 2-3 rapids, drop out of the boat for a swim in deeper pools and have a great riverside lunch (included) with friends!

Cheat Canyon Spring Rafting

Cheat River Canyon Rafting – West Virginia


The Cheat River is pure West Virginia white water rafting—a deep, remote canyon, 40+ rapids and few other people on the water. Whether during low or high water, the Cheat Canyon is an adrenaline-filled experience. Spanning 11 miles of whitewater with tons of rapids, and winding through the spectacular Canyon, this special run is enough to impress even the most seasoned rafter. When booking trips for the Cheat River, remember that the minimum age is 16.

Upper Yough Spring Rafting

Upper Yough Rafting – Maryland


The Upper Yough is a more intense adrenaline packed river with class 4-5 rapids. Back to back, you’ll hit four Class V rapids, falling a ridiculous 120 feet per mile. Steep drops, big munchy holes, tight chutes, and powerful wave trains characterize this section of the river. When you pause in the pool below National Falls and gaze back upstream, it will dawn on you that this is what real whitewater is all about. Upper Yough Releases/Rafting are on Monday, Friday and Saturday.

Adventurers Club Ohiopyle Spring Rafting

Join The Adventurer’s Club For More!


The Club gets notified when rain storms provide us with high water or the ability to raft a river in a different season, or when unscheduled dam releases occur at the last moment. This is rafting that is not for the faint of heart,  all class V, in remote locations, usually involving waterfalls! Sign up to get alerts when the water is prime for…

  • The Big Sandy River
  • Summer Cheat Canyon
  • Tygart Valley Falls
  • Top Yough
  • Indian Creek
  • Savage River

What to Expect – Spring Adventure Conditions


Average temps: 64°/40°

Rainfall: 2.28″

Water levels: High water to be expected



Average temps: 72°/49°

Rainfall: 2.99″

Water levels: High water to be expected



Average temps: 76°/56°

Rainfall: 2.17″

Water levels: High water to be expected