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    Upper yough rafting in Friendsville, Maryland

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Upper Yough // Class V white water

10 miles of steep, tight, and technical whitewater that will surely fulfill the most adventurous rafter’s expectations.

Beginning with a three mile class III warm up the guide and the guest will get in sync to learn what will be required of each of them before reaching the more difficult section of the trip. After that, you reach the miracle mile where the gradient picks up to 211’ per mile before heading into 116’ per mile descent for the next 4 miles. It’s non-stop, continuous class V whitewater action, with boulder choked rapids that will test your brace and paddle stroke. Safety kayakers accompany each trip giving an extra margin of error, which is usually not needed, but always appreciated. The staff we have for the Upper Yough is the best of the best and we pride ourselves on our ability and athleticism. The owner of the company still guides on this section of river to ensure quality and standards that set the precedent that is Ohiopyle Trading Post and River Tours.

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Rafting rates & booking information // Upper Yough

Pricing

Payment in full is due upon reservations. Cancellations received 21 days or more prior to your trip will be charged a 10% booking fee. No refunds for cancellations received within 21 days of the trip (however they are transferable).

Pricing per person*

Monday & Friday

$120

Saturday & Holidays

$160

*Prices do not include a 6% amusement tax. Check in times vary during the season and you have the option to meet us in Ohiopyle or in Friendsville Maryland.

April & May trip check-in times From Ohiopyle, PA: 11:00 AM 
From Friendsville, MD: 12:00 PM

June, July, August
 From Ohiopyle, PA: 12:00 PM (Noon) 
From Friendsville, MD: 1:00 PM

September, October
 From Ohiopyle, PA: 11:00 AM 
From Friendsville, MD: 12:00 PM

September, October
 From Ohiopyle, PA: 11:00 AM 
From Friendsville, MD: 12:00 PM

UPPER YOUGH TRIP SCHEDULE

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What to Expect

  • Skill & Age Requirements

    The trip takes 3-5 hours depending on water levels. Because the river is tight and technical we use smaller more maneuverable boats. We recommend that if you are a beginning rafter, have no boat handling experience, under the age of 18, or timid, you should take a Fully Guided Trip on the Lower Yough first.
  • What will my day look like?

    118'+ vertical drop per mile on a Maryland wild and scenic river.
    14 class IV and 6 class V rapids back to back!
    You have an expert guide in your self-bailing raft.
    Just off I-68 30 miles west of Morgantown WV.
    Whitewater Rafting only 25 minutes from Ohiopyle.
    Whitewater Rafting only 15 minutes from Deep Creek Lake.
    The Upper Yough is world famous!!!
    Dam release guaranteed class V whitewater all summer long!
    Three guests and one guide per raft (minimum group size is 3).
    Book early to ensure desired date.
    Price includes transportation from Ohiopyle to Sang Run Maryland.
    Let us know about allergies or medical conditions.
    Deep Creek Lake rafting guests can meet us in Friendsville 15 minutes from Deep Creek Lake.
    Wetsuits available.
    16 is the minimum age.
  • What should I bring?

    Swimsuit Extra set of glasses for drivers? Nylon or old shorts, no jeans or sweat pants. Water shoes, sandals, old tennis shoes. Dry clothes and towel for after the river (Leave these in your car).
    Reservations are complete, everyone has paid?
    Sunglasses, sunscreen, glasses strap.
    Camping or lodging reservations have been made and confirmed?
    All drivers know where to meet the rest of the group and where to check in?
    Parental permission slips are signed by parent or legal guardian for those under 18 not accompanied by parents. Bring forms along-DO NOT EMAIL.
    The trip time is clear to everyone. Be dressed and ready. Allow an extra 20 minutes if you intend to rent wet suits. We cannot hold the trip for latecomers. If you get lost, call our number and we will do our best to help. No refunds for missed trips!
    River running has inherent dangers. Everyone must sign a liability release form, (minors MUST have release signed by parent or legal guardian).
    Ready to have fun?
  • Who are my guides?

    Our dedication to safety is paramount. Ohiopyle Trading Post staff members are highly trained in swiftwater rescue, rope skills, first aid, CPR, river etiquette, kayaking, rafting and team work. Although styled runs through the rapids hitting every wave is our goal, "Out of Boat Experiences" do occur, that is when you get to see our rescue skills in action.
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Meet our Guides

  • Anika

    Anika

    Raft Guide
  • Chaz

    Chaz

    Upper Yough Guide, Safety Boater
  • Chad

    Chad

    Tripleader, Upper Yough Guide, Raft Guide
  • Chris

    Chris

    Upper Yough Guide, Safety Boater
  • Clint

    Clint

    Raft Guide
  • Collin

    Collin

    Raft Guide, Safety Boater, Upper Yough Guide, Trip Leader
  • Dan

    Dan

    Raft Guide
  • Devon

    Devon

    Safety Boater, Video Boater, Upper Yough Guide, Raft Guide, Trip Leader
  • Ellyn

    Ellyn

    Trip leader, Raft Guide, Upper Yough Guide
  • Herbie

    Herbie

    Upper Yough Guide, Raft Guide, Trip Leader
  • Jamie

    Jamie

    Safety Boater, Video Boater, Upper Yough Guide, Raft Guide, Trip Leader
  • Jason

    Jason

    Raft Guide, Upper Yough Guide
  • Jeremiah

    Jeremiah

    Raft Guide, Trip Leader, Upper Yough Guide
  • Justin

    Justin

    Raft Guide, Trip Leader, Upper Yough Guide
  • Marlena

    Marlena

    Raft Guide
  • Mike

    Mike

    Upper Yough Guide, Raft Guide Trip Leader
  • Nicole

    Nicole

    Raft Guide
  • Stevie-Ray

    Stevie-Ray

    Trip Leader, Upper Yough Guide, Safety Boater