The Youghiogheny River has exciting whitewater boating for all experience levels. Only sturdily constructed rubber rafts, kayaks, and closed-deck canoes may be used in the river. River levels can change the difficulty of rapids. Check at the launch area or contact the park office for current water levels.

The famous Lower Yough begins after the Ohiopyle Falls and flows seven miles downstream to the Bruner Run take-out. This is the busiest section of whitewater east of the Mississippi River.

The numerous Class III and IV rapids make for exciting rafting that should only be attempted by experienced whitewater boaters. Inexperienced whitewater boaters should run this section of the river on a guided raft trip with an authorized concessionaire. The natural river environment contains undercut rocks, ledges, and swift currents.

The Middle Yough begins at the Ramcat put-in near Confluence, and ends near the town of Ohiopyle. This section contains Class I and II rapids and is ideal for beginning kayakers or experienced canoers. Families often raft this section because it provides thrilling rapids at normal river levels.

The Upper Yough boasts class IV+ rapids and is perfect for experienced thrill-seekers.

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Review of Youghiogheny River

Active and Adventure Review of Youghiogheny River

Away Travel Editor: Alistair Wearmouth
Editor Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Rafting,Whitewater Kayaking
Editor Tips & Helpful Hints
  • The town of Ohiopyle has a number of outfitters offering guided rafting trips, many of them suitable for families and first timers. The Lower Yough is the most popular challenge for recreational rafters, while the Middle Yough has easy flatwater good for canoeing.
  • For real rinse-cycle, Class IV-V froth, look to the ten-mile section of the Upper Yough between Sang Run Road and Friendsville. Experienced whitewater kayakers need only apply.
  • Out of the water, the steep 3.4-mile hike up the Baughman Trail to Sugarloaf Knob offers the best views of the Lower and Middle "Youghs".


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