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Difficulty II+
Length 11.2 Miles
Gauge Youghiogheny River at Ohiopyle, PA
Flow Range 1.70 - 7.60 FT
Flow Rate as of: 48 minutes ago 2.45 [FT] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 10/03/2019 9:02 pm

River Description

This section, putting in at "Bruners Run" access (the usual Lower Yough take-out - if you buy a bus token in Ohiopyle, you can run the shuttle backwards) and running down to Connellsville.  There is a nice surfing wave on river left, just below "Bruners Run" followed by about 2 miles of interesting class II+ rapids.  Below that, it's another 1.5 miles to Indian Creek & railroad aquaduct on river right.  Then the river enters a beautiful (roughly) 3 to 4 mile gorge through Chestnut ridge.  Below that, it opens up and the towns of Dunbar and South Connellsville begin to encroach on the river.  After about 2 miles, in South Connellsville, there is a river wide Dam (portage river right).  The last 2 (or so) miles into Connellsville are industrial and ugly.  Take-out is at the Yough River Park under the US 119 bridge in Connellsville, PA.

Rapid Descriptions

"Bruners Run" Put-in

Class - N/A Mile - 0
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During the permit season, you can buy a bus token in Ohiopyle, PA and run the "Bruners Run" shuttle backwards.

"Lower Surfing Wave"

Class - II+ Mile - 0.1
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About 300 yards below "Bruners Run" river access is a surfing wave that is very similar to "Swimmers" wave.  It is on the river left side at the bottom of the "Bruners Run" pool.  Without too much effort, a paddler could drop off the pool and surf the wave... then ferry across to a beach on river right and carry back up the beach to the "Bruners Run" pool and ferry across the pool back to the "Bruners Run" river access.

"Diamond Rock"

Class - II+ Mile - 0.7
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Go river left of a sharp rock that juts into the current from river right.

"Single Hydraulic"

Class - II+ Mile - 1
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Riverwide ledge with a tongue into a "Single Hydraulic" to punch.

"Camels Eye"

Class - II Mile - 1.5
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This rapid is basically a rolling shoal with a line down the center right.  A lot of shoals, moving water or flat water from here on down.

Indian Creek Railroad Aquaduct

Class - N/A Mile - 4
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Railroad Aquaduct on river right over Indian Creek.  I'm told there's an awful jeep trail down the right side of the river to the Aquaduct that's worse than the Jenkinsburg bridge road to the Cheat Canyon take-out.  There's also a church camp on river left.

Chestnut Ridge Gorge

Class - N/A Mile - 4.4
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This starts the beginning of a roughly 3 to 4 mile gorge through Chestnut Ridge.  Beautiful gorge, but no major rapids.

South Connellsville Dam

Class - N/A Mile - 9.3
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Dam across the river.  Portage at river right.  The river is very industrial and really sucks from here on down to the Connellsville take-out.

Yough River Park, Connellsville, PA

Class - N/A Mile - 11.2
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Take-out is at the Yough River Park under the US 119 bridge in Connellsville, PA


Gage Descriptions

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Directions Description

From the 4-way intersection at the top of the hill on the usual "Bruners Run" shuttle road, turn left (if coming from Ohiopyle) or right (if coming from "Bruners Run").  Go a short distance on this road (Kentuck Rd.) and make a right onto Dunbar Rd.  This road becomes Furnace Hill Rd into Dunbar, PA.  At US 119 turn right and go down the hill into Connellsville, PA.  The take-out is at the river under the US 119 bridge at Connellsville's Yough River Park.

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Pennsylvania Dam Removal Conference to be Held January 31st.

Kevin Colburn

There will be a one day conference on January 31st in eastern Pennsylvania that will address dam removal and rehabilitation in the state and region. It is likely that this very affordable conference would be helpful to paddlers interested in working on dam removal projects in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. Registration for the conference is due by January 23rd.

Tony Allred Jr


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1210574 12/05/18 Tony Allred Jr n/a
1210576 12/05/18 Tony Allred Jr 12-1-2018 - cleanup
1210575 12/05/18 Tony Allred Jr 12-1-2018 - cleanup
1210587 12/06/18 Tony Allred Jr 12-1-2018 - cleanup
1213780 10/03/19 Tony Allred Jr updated stats