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Difficulty III+
Length 3.5 Miles
Gauge Wills Creek below Hyndman, PA
Flow Range 700 - 3000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 27 minutes ago 273 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 05/11/2005 3:15 pm

River Description

This is one of the few creeks for which you should ignore Gertler's description because it has been transformed since he ran it. The rapids are pretty continuous, and a few of them reach class III+. Stop and scout when you reach a big ledge, a little more than midway. Even at moderate levels, the hole at the bottom of the central tongue can be sticky, so you might want to stay near the right side of the creek instead. The gradient finally eases up in the final mile. On my three runs, we never encountered any creek-wide strainers, but that could change, of course.

One could also start 2 miles higher up, at Mt. Savage (put in by the Volunteer Fire Department), with 115 ft/mile gradient, and get a nice 5-mile run.  That needs somewhat more water, but is otherwise probably pretty similar (I have run the second mile of this part, but not the first).  Check for strainers from the road near the start.

Ed Evangelidi testifies:
This creek has suffered much past abuse but recent improvements have removed sewage, strainers and other man made trash. Just the nice rapids remain for your enjoyment.

Lat/longitude coords are approximate, from TopoZone.

Rapid Descriptions


Summary of Gauge Readings

This gauge is on a nearby stream, and thus should be viewed as an indicator only.

Gauge NameReadingTimeComment
Wills Creek below Hyndman, PA
AW Gauge Info
273 cfs 00h27m 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!


Stephen J. Ettinger