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Difficulty II+
Length 6.3 Miles
Flow Range 700 - 5000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 107 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 11/30/2010 12:05 am

River Description

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.

Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

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.

Directions Description

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Charlie and Sandy Walbridge

The hasp was broken in the last 24 hours. Please DO NOT PUT MONEY IN THE BOX UNTIL IT IS REPAIRED! To donate on line, please go to and put "Upper Yough Access" in the comment box. Memorial Day Weekend is coming up, and Deep Creek Hydro on Maryland's famous Upper Youghiogheny River will release on Sunday, May 26th, and Monday, May 27th from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM. This marvelous stretch of expert-level whitewater draws hundreds of paddlers from all over the country. American Whitewater has worked closely with the Town of Friendsville and the State of Maryland to make river access hassle-free. Please remember that we are guests of the town of Friendsville. Use the paddler parking lot off Maple Street; do not park or take out on Water Street or Morris Street without permission from local residents. Be discrete; use the change house to get ready for the river. Remember that public drinking and rowdy behavior is not appreciated by nearby residents. Upstream, the Sang Run Access is owned by the State of Maryland and has been maintained by American Whitewater volunteers for almost 20 years. Please leave a donation in the fee box. $3 for a sin, go to gle use or $20 per season pays for the porta potty, gravel, and other expenses. The water has been running high for the past few weeks. Be careful and be safe!

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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.

Matt Muir


Stephen J. Ettinger


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1198811 11/30/10 Matt Muir Added coords and 2nd state; fixed for Matt ing.
1191435 05/11/05 Stephen J. Ettinger n/a