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Difficulty I-II
Length 15 Miles
Flow Range 2.80 - 14.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 50 minutes ago 1.81 [FT] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 12/18/2018 10:53 pm

River Description

For more information, consult local expert, Ed Gertler

Ed Evangelidi testifies:
This is a quiet gem in Maryland. Not much is said about this creek but those who know it return to it often. The upper stretches above I-68 have better rapids and require more water to float a boat.

Access points from John Duke
Mile -0.3--- Road to the east of Chaneysville: You could put-in on either the Bridge over Wilson Run or Elk Lick creek. Wilson is posted but has good parking, Elk Lick has little parking, either way ask permission!
Mile 0.0--Confluence of Elk Lick and Wilson
Mile 3.5---Along Route 326: There is a nice pull-off on river right
Mile 4.7---Blues Gap road bridge: Nice put-in
Mile 7.8--covered bridge road bridge: You may pull right down to the river to put-in.
Mile 11.0---Mason Dixon Line
Mile 16.3---Old Rt. 40 bridge: Take-out at the sewage treatment plant but park on the other side.

Note---Most if not all access points are on PRIVATE property and permission should be granted if possible!

For downstream mileage see the Maryland section of Town Creek..

Camping areas:
Buchanan State Forest allows roadside camping with a permit.

Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

Ed Evangelidi testifies:
Figure Fairview @ 2.8 for the upper reaches and maybe 2.6 for the lower section. Also figure to catch within 3-4 days of a hard rain.

Directions Description

We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

No Accident Reports




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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 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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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


Matt Muir


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1210729 12/18/18 Tony Allred Jr 12-15-2018 - cleanup
1210731 12/18/18 Tony Allred Jr 12-15-2018 - cleanup
1191468 10/02/03 n/a n/a