The best and biggest Maryland white water rafting is in the western end of the state where the beautiful Appalachian mountains provide both water and the elevation change necessary to create super fun white water action. The Class 4-5, highly technical and advanced Upper Yough River trip runs spring through fall in Friendsville, Maryland only 20 minutes from Ohiopyle, PA. The World Championship Savage River 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 steep, fast & adrenaline filled. This whitewater river is a class 5 section of rafting fun. Located in Garrett County, Maryland, easy access from Interstate 68, and the best rafting close to Washington DC. If you are planning a Western Maryland vacation to Deep Creek Lake, include this white water rock star on your itinerary. In fact, the water for this river is released from Deep Creek Lake and provides us with a reliable whitewater schedule from April to October!
Located in Western Maryland this a little known gem hosted the 1989 Whitewater Kayaking World Championships. The Savage River delivers quite a thrill through 5 miles of continuous class III-IV whitewater. We run max out your white water thrills on this river trip by doing standard double runs of the river of the whitewater, with lunch in between the runs. 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 to participate in this water trip. 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!