Whitewater — Lower Youghiogheny River

Kayaker on the lower yough


The busiest whitewater run in the eastern U.S. due to summer weekend recreational releases that allow for consistent commercial use. 7 miles of class III (some IV at high water) water with good technical training for intermediates. Permits are required during the summer weekends along with a shuttle fee (see Ohiopyle SP web site). This is the only site nearby that whitewater boats can be rented. Commercial outfitters run trips on this section (see state park web site for info). State Park Map (pdf)

Directions from Morgantown

I 68 to Bruceton Mills. North on Rt. 26 for 1.6 miles to CR 8 (Clifton Mills Rd). Left (North) for 4.8 miles (enter PA and rd. name changes to rt. 381). Continue north for 3.7 miles to right hand turn (still 381 N). Go 4.8 miles to US 40. Cross and continue North on 381 for 6.5 miles to Ohiopyle. The put in is in the cent of town. To get to the Bruner Run take-out, go south out of Ohiopyle and take the first right onto Kentuck Rd. Go 1.5 miles to an intersection. Go straight onto Holland Hill Rd. for a little over 4 miles to the take out parking lot. During the main summer season, you can not drive all the way to the take-out, but must park and get a shuttle from the river (see web site).

Travel Time:

45 min


Camping, hiking, Backpacking, Fishing, Whitewater (Middle Yough), Bicycling, Mountain Biking, Family Play Areas


Ohiopyle State Park , PO Box 105, Ohiopyle, PA 15470-0105



Web resources:


ORC Resources:

Book – “A Canoeing and Kayaking Guide to West Virginia”

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