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Difficulty I-II
Length 15 Miles
Flow Range 2.80 - 14.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 56 minutes ago 3.63 [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


Summary of Gauge Readings

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.

Gauge NameReadingTimeComment
AW Gauge Info
3.63 ft ℹ️ 00h56m n/a

Directions Description

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Upper Yough Access Fundraiser a Big Success

2019-01-07 21:16:00-05
Charlie Walbridge

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!

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Ohiopyle State Park Updates River Regulations

2018-03-30 14:00:00-04
Charlie Walbridge

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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Pennsylvania Dam Removal Conference to be Held January 31st.

2004-01-09 00:00:00-05
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


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