Meadow Run - PA Route 381 to Youghiogheny River

Meadow Run, Pennsylvania, US


PA Route 381 to Youghiogheny River

Usual Difficulty IV-V(V+) (for normal flows)
Length 7 Miles
Avg. Gradient 72 fpm
Max Gradient 140 fpm

The Slide, Meadow Run

The Slide, Meadow Run
Photo of Andy Maser by Bob Maxie, Monocacy Canoe Club

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03070500 6.50 - 9.00 ft IV-V(V+) 00h24m 5.19 ft (too low)

River Description

For a helmet-cam video of some of the drops including the last slide, go to

George Mower, CCA Cruiser; Ed Gertler.

Takeout is the bridge just above the Lower Yough, at Entrance Rapid. Those who wish, can continue on a high-water run of the Lower Yough and take out at the Loop or Bruner Run.

Putin: there are putins downstream of Rte. 381, which eliminate some distance of flatwaterish stuff.

This is a narrow, tight stream. There are pinning rocks all over the place. One of the most characteristic rapids is the Cacades, which is a boney slide culminating in a 6-foot ledge.
After the Cascades, there's a lot of boulder-bumping. Another good drop is Seven Foot Falls (shown below), which requires a committed boof.
The last major rapid is the Slide (photo above). This narrow, shallow monster is a portage for many who value their skin and their teeth. Scout this puppy before running the stream! You don't want to miss the last-chance eddy and blunder into it. A small red flag on a river-left tree currently marks the last-chance eddy.

Other related or nearby streams:
Middle Yough (Class II)
Casselman (Class I-III)
Lower Yough (Class III)
Ohiopyle Falls (Class IV, almost always illegal)
Upper Yough (Class IV-V)
Top Yough (Class IV-V)

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2011-05-03 13:35:55

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

Users can submit comments.
March 11 2010 (2870 days ago)
NYourd (151552)
As of yesterday, 3/10/2010, there was a tree laying across the upper sections of the slides. About
6 inch thick and until moved they are not runnable. Hopefully state park or locals will move it
August 28 2007 (3796 days ago)
Mark ZakDetails
I ran the slide on a low water day, the meadow was far from running. The lower was at 3.0 and
falling. The water line was not nearly above the edges of the little box the water flows through.
It was straight forward, tough current in the notch of course, but the run was clean. Momentum
coming down from the upper slide into the notch drove me right through and kept me off the walls.
It can go at low water if you're bored and looking for some action.
April 9 2005 (4667 days ago)
Erik AmasonDetails
Responding to the picture about going under the seven foot falls rock. I did do that once at a
medium-low flow actually. The catch is I was being stupid and cavalier and found myself to far
right and hit the right rock with my bow, went cartwheeling backwards into the hole off the rock
and surfed it upside down until I caught some deep greenwater off the fall and it pushed my low
volume C-1 XXX right all the way under the rock. The bouency of my boat popped me out the other
side in the eddy after rubbing up under the ceiling of the undercut. My friend sat there and
watched it and said it was a pretty wild little trashing; it felt weird upside down too.
September 9 2004 (4879 days ago)
Chris PreperatoDetails

Best put-in is right at the commercial rafting outfitters off Rt 381 about a mile up the hill from
the slides. In reality, you can walk the shuttle along the road, it takes about 15 minutes at most.
There is a trail alongside the river, but its hilly and winds around a little, the road is more

Also, for the cascades. Our consensus was to start right of center, through the notch, and stay
there until the end. Pretty simple slide. To avoid pitoning at the base, carry speed and go off
with a side angle to the right, maybe 30 degrees. This keeps your bow from smacking down on the
rocks, boofing is pretty hard when there is only an inch of water to use.

To gauge the river, its in the same drainage as the Big Sandy, the water falls from the same place,
so most likely if the Sandy is rising towards 6.5 or more it is runnable.
June 9 2003 (5337 days ago)
Kevin WilliamsDetails
Cascades is quite impressive looking (more-so than the photos suggest) but not at all difficult,
high flows want to slam you into R-wall and pins are possible at all flows at base of 6' ledge,
especially with pointy boats, so have some speed and keep yer bow up!

7-foot falls requires a different approach for different water levels and they are pretty much
incompatible so you may want to scout it if you haven't run at that particular level. Really high:
from center line (well above last eddy BTW) head right and boof onto rock, if you miss it prepare
to get worked; High: left of center down flake and draw beyond piton rock (thwwap!) Med: About the
same; Low: Flake is exposed and the normal line will shunt you into a nasty little slot on the far
left where pins and elbow/shoulder beatings are the norm. Instead, boof over meat R of center and
have enough speed not to get pulled back in. The canyon at this point is fantastic so look around
and appreciate it!

The slide must be one of the fastest rapids around and loooonnnngggg too. No joke about catching
that last eddy (the flag is still up as of 6/2003) I've seen folks miss it and go for an unintended
legitimate class V run. Might be good to scout it on the shuttle just in case you end up running
it. For those who want to run it, it is truly sweet but pretty demanding, requiring quite a bit
more than just hanging on to avoid running it backwards, upside-down, toothless, battered or
without pitoning. I don't think that I'd run it too much lower than that photo of Andy Masser at
the top, because of serious danger of losing teeth in several places.

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