Difficulty I
Length 10.9 Miles
Flow Range 3.50 - 8.99 FT
Flow Rate as of: 36 minutes ago 4.74 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 12/11/2019 4:51 pm

River Description

If putting in at the Oldtown bridge, the canal is watered down to the Town Creek Aqueduct, permitting a 10 mile circuit.  The Potomac Forks  C&O hiker/biker campground is about 2.0 miles downstream from Oldtown.  Although this 11 mile run begins at Oldtown MD (the confluence of the North and South Branches of the Potomac), a good alternate put-in resulting in an 8 mile run starts at the Town Creek Aqueduct river access (MD side) a few miles downstream.   Putting in here, it is a Class I moving water run, with a few riffles to surf here and there, depending upon levels.  The Town Creek C&O hiker/biker campgound is about a half a mile below the Town Creek Aqueduct.  The Little Cacapon comes in from the West Virginia side about 7.5 miles below Oldtown (roughly 3.75 miles below the Town Creek put-in).   The take out can be at the Paw Paw WV river access, just after the Paw Paw WV bridge on the West Virginia side, or the Paw Paw Tunnel park on the Maryland side.  

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Christopher M Duran
1 month ago

When nothing else is running, it's likely this section will be. I took a group of people on this stretch in early September and was very surprised by how nice and secluded-feeling it was.

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Upper Yough Access Guidelines and Fundraiser

Charlie Walbridge

At Maryland's Upper Yough, one of the country's finest whitewater runs, American Whitewater has been maintaining the Sang Run Access for the past 20 years. With the 4th of July weekend coming up, a quick reminder that we are guests of the Town of Friendsville when we take out. In addition changing clothes discretely ad behaving respectfully, please observe social distancing during the pandemic. Garrett County has a low infection rate, and a mask when patronizing local businesses is the norm. We are also beginning our annual fundraiser to pay the expenses American Whitewater has at Sang Run. Out goal is $1,000, and we have already received $160. The Fee Box at Sang Run is still closed due to vandalism. We suggest $20 for the full season; $5 for one weekend. Please donate on line, or use the donation jar at the Wilderness Voyageurs shop at the takeout. Please go to https://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/Membership/donate/? and put "Upper Yough Access" in the comment box.

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Don Millard - AW Super Upper Yough Access Volunteer!

Charlie and Sandy Walbridge

American Whitewater super-volunteer Don Millard has been taking care of the Sang Run and Friendsville Access Areas on Maryland's Upper Youghioghenny River for the past several years. This bulds on a 2003 agreement between American Whitewater and Maryland State Parks, which owns the property. This year he rebuilt the change house and porta-pot shelter, set AW's sign back up, filled in potholes, and mowed acres of grass. He not only did the work, he donated the materials and machine time! This work givezs AW strong ties to the community (the place is also a fishing access) and local park managers. Also, thanks to him, boaters are not faced with a $5 access fee at both ends! Please remember, the pandemic is still on. Be smart. If you use the porta-pot, wash your hands or use sanitizer!

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Cheat Canyon Settlement Reached; Land Set Aside for Endangered Species

Charles Walbridge

After two years of intense negotiations an agreement reached to protect endangered species in the Cheat River Canyon. Allegheny Wood Products acquired roughly 5,000 acres in the Cheat Canyon below Albright, WV in 2003 for $9.75 million. When they began building roads and cutting trees the following year the government took no steps to enforce the Endangered Species Act. A lawsuit was filed in 2005 by Friends of Blackwater Canyon, the WV Chapter of the Sierra Club, and the Cheat Lake Environmental and Recreational Association. Although American Whitewater was not a party to the litigation we are gratified that an agreement was reached and commend both parties for their efforts.

Tony Allred Jr


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1213829 10/25/19 Tony Allred Jr updated description
1213830 10/25/19 Tony Allred Jr updated description
1213844 10/31/19 Tony Allred Jr updated image position
1210007 07/10/18 Tony Allred Jr n/a
1213996 12/11/19 Tony Allred Jr updated description
1213995 12/11/19 Tony Allred Jr updated description
1210692 12/14/18 Tony Allred Jr 12-15-2018 - added WV with MD listing
1210008 07/10/18 Tony Allred Jr 7-10-2018 - added reach