Upper Yough

Upper Yough White Water Rafting in Friendsville, Maryland

UYEThe Upper Yough challenges anyone who wants to navigate white water rafting with Upper Yough Expeditions in Friendsville, Maryland.

Upper Yough

The Youghiogheny River springs from the 3,000-foot ridges of the Allegheny Plateau in Western Maryland. For 11 miles, the upper section of this pristine river offers a true wilderness experience as it cascades through a lush hemlock forest teeming with wildflowers and wildlife. This is the legendary Upper Yough... pronounced Yock.

Your river rafting adventures begin when you enjoy the scenery in the deceptively calm entrance pool. You'll soon find the river's main attraction.. white water and plenty of it! Even the Class III rapids we warm up on will get your attention. Soon, you're careening through the tightest of slots in boulder-piles like Split Decision and the Fat Man's Squeeze.

As we run these increasingly difficult rapids, our expert guides will develop a strong sense of teamwork among our crew members before we enter the Class V rapids at Bastard Falls. In the majestic Upper Yough Gorge, the river commands your attention. Precise cooperation is needed to skillfully navigate the many blind chutes and ledge drops.

For seven miles, the river is virtually one rapid! The Upper Yough drops an average of 116 feet-per-mile, creating the most continuous stretch of technical Class V white water in the east. This river trip is an energizing paddling experience . . . guaranteed to please the most avid white water enthusiast.

Trip Requirements

Due to the extreme and continuous nature of the rapids, this trip demands a total team effort and is not recommended for the light-hearted. Participants who wish to challenge the Upper Yough should expect to paddle hard and therefore, should be in good physical shape. Inactive, out-of-shape people who cannot pull their weight will not be permitted to raft the Upper Yough.  No one under the influence of alcohol or abusing drugs will be permitted to raft the Upper Yough. You must be 16 years of age or older and must be accompanied by an adult if under 18 years of age. Previous rafting experience is required.  This is a half-day trip, and we provide all needed equipment with a guide and wetsuits are available to rent.

Safety First

Safety is the most important aspect of rafting with an experienced outfitter. As pioneers of commercial rafting on the Upper Yough, we strive to offer you the safest, most exciting trip possible. However, a good white water river has inherent dangers. To make people aware of this, we require all rafters to sign a liability release form before each trip. A copy of this release is available upon request.  The Upper Yough is very remote river and as such, does not allow easy access by emergency personnel.  Be aware that you will be in a remote wilderness location and access to medical help will not necessarily be available.  As with any white water trip, we reserve the right to switch the crafts we are using and the rivers we are rafting, according to the water levels.

Contact us in Friendsville, Maryland, for more information about our fun on the Upper Yough.