Ohiopyle State Park is the crown jewel of Pennsylvania State Parks
The Youghiogheny River runs through the heart of Ohiopyle State Park and is one of the most unique and diverse rivers for recreation in the east coast of the United States.
This has been a home river for me for the last ten years and it really amazes me how much diversity this river has for people. The rafting industry started in the early sixties in Ohiopyle and has been running strong ever since.
I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of the Youghiogheny Rafting industry for nine years working daily on this river. It’s shown me so many things and helped me grow in ways I can never repay, but being a steward of this industry and river is my lifelong plan to give back what it has given me. It is my hope that my son and I will kayak this river together.
The Upper Section of the Youghiogheny is really what attracted me at first
This is the class V section of continuous whitewater that puts in at Sang Run near Friendsville Maryland and takes out right in the town of Friendsville. This section is boulder chocked, continous, classic, fun at low water and a beast at high water. It’s a place where you want to know where you’re going or follow someone who does. This is a playground for boofs, slot moves, rock spins and overall nonstop action. I’ve been lucky enough to work this section as a photo/video boater as well as safety boater. Usually always working out of my kayak. It’s commercially rafted and I