The first 4.2 miles is class I, so many paddlers only do the final 2.1 miles, starting at Shorbs Mill Road (39.73262°,-77.29755°). Ed Evangelidi shared: This is a good creek to combine with a Marsh Creek paddle, only do it first as it drops faster. This creek has longer but easier rapids than Marsh Creek and the longest and hardest rapid is at the end and is hardest at low water. Strainers seem to fortunately fall in the slower water sections generally. There is a good visual gauge at the takeout road. Look at the downstream right side. There is a groove in the concrete and the groove equals 3 inches of usable water. Make sure you take out above the dam. There is another small dam just below the takeout that is easy to run but is hard on boats. For more information, see Keystone Canoeing by Gertler, E.
There is a good visual gauge at the takeout road. Look at the downstream right side. There is a groove in the concrete and the groove equals 3 inches of usable water.
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Tonight American Whitewater presented the Town of Friendsville, Maryland with a $5000 check towards the extension of the Upper Yough Access Parking Area. This, combined with a $1000 donation from Keelhaulers Canoe Club, made a strong statement of how much paddlers value the river and the town! Under the leadership of Mayor Spencer Schlosnagle and long time paddler and Friendsville resident Jess Whittemore the town raised $7 in additional funding for every dollar paddlers donated - just like they did on the initial construction! This makes these gifts a great value for the whitewater community. A big shout out and thank you to ALL who donated!
This past fall American Whitewater met with Ohiopyle State Park managers to discuss possible updates to their whitewater paddling regulations. The first topic was to change the rules governing raft sizes at different water levels to recognize the capabilities of self-bailing rafts. Shorter self-bailing boats will now be allowed to run the river at high water. Some small changes to the regulations will make Ohiopyle Falls more accessible to paddlers. A change in the way the gauge is interpreted should make the falls "legal" on more days. Although whitewater paddlers are only one part of the vast public that visits the park, every effort was made to accommodate them while avoiding user conflicts and safety hazards. Special thanks goes to Ken Bisbee, Ohiopyle State Park Operations Manager and John Hallas, a former Ohiopyle State Park Operations Manager who is now Director of State Parks. Click here to read the updated Ohiopyle River Regulations:
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