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Whitewater Rafting & Kayaking

White water rafting brings a large number of adventurers to Southwestern Pennsylvania each year. Check here for whitewater outfitters, tours, equipment, tips and guides for white water enthusiasts of all levels in southwestern PA, western Maryland and northern West Virginia.
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Whitewater Classification Explained
Learn the difference between a class II and a class VI rapid, before you take your kayak down a whitewater river you can't handle.

Whitewater on the Gauley River - Beast of the East
World-class Gauley River is one of the most exhilarating and scenic whitewater rivers in the United States. Learn about the exciting spring and fall Gauley seasons and check for current Gauley release dates.

Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission
Register your boat or apply for a fishing license online; learn about Pennsylvania fish, lakes and waterways; get the scoop on PA trout and bash fishing; and find answers in the boating and fishing FAQs.

ACE Whitewater and Adventure Center
Located in the New River Gorge National River in West Virginia, ACE Whitewater offers Class I to Class V white water trips on the New and Gauley rivers.

American Whitewater Safety Code
Be safe and be prepared with these safety tips from the American Whitewater Association.

Appalachian Wildwaters
Appalachian Wildwaters offers the widest selection of whitewater trips in the area on five rivers: the New, Gauley, Cheat, Tygart, and Youghiogeny.

Cantrell's Ultimate Rafting
Family owned and operated rafting company offers two WV base camps,(Fayetteville and Hinton), allowing a choice of river trips: mildwater, medium whitewater, and high adventure whitewater rafting on the New and Gauley rivers.

Class VI River Runners
Professional outfitters lead guided whitewater trips on West Virginia's New and Gauley rivers for all experience levels - from Class I to Class VI whitewater! Overnight trips, family trips, fall foliage trips, and more.

Dimple Rock Rapid - Ohiopyle State Park
Many people became concerned after three people drowned in the Dimple Rock area during the 2000 rafting season. Check here for the latest facts, recommendations and information on changes to ensure the safety of whitewater rafting in Ohiopyle State Park.

Drift-a-Bit Whitewater Rafting
Outdoor adventure company founded in 1983 offers guided whitewater rafting trips on two of West Virginia's most spectacular rivers within The New River Gorge National River and the Gauley River National Recreation Area.

Interactive Yough Maps
Detailed river maps for the lower and middle Youghiogheny, including rapid closeups, from the CMU Explorers Club.

Laurel Highlands River Tours
Family-owned and operated by Linda and Mark McCarty, Laurel Highlands River Tours invites you to experience white water rafting at an adventure vacation level just for you. A variety of tours are available on the Youghiogheny River in OhioPyle State Park.

Mountain River Tours, Inc.
Tour company offers a variety of whitewater rafting packages on the New & Gauley rivers. Web site includes Internet specials.

Mountain Streams Outfitters
Experience the thrill of white water rafting on the Youghiogheny River with Mountain Streams Outfitters. Book guided rafting trips in MD, WV and PA on the Youghiogheny, Cheat, Tygart, Big Sandy and Gauley Rivers.

New River Scenic Tours
Licensed guides lead you on a variety of whitewater trips from "mild to wild." Family trips on the New River allow children as young as five and fall trips on the Gauley offer world-class whitewater adventure.

North American River Runners
For 27 years, North American River Runners in West Virginia has been offering whitewater adventure for enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels. Enjoy guided family trips on the Upper New River, adventure trips on the Lower New River and world class whitewater on the Gauley River.

Ohiopyle State Park
An exhilarating park to see and experience, the focal point of this area is the more than 14 miles of the Youghiogheny River Gorge that churns through the heart of Ohiopyle. The famous Lower Yough, below the scenic Ohiopyle Falls, provides some of the best whitewater boating in the Eastern US.

Passages to Adventure
Located in Fayetteville, WV, Passages to Adventure offers numerous paddling options (rafts, kayaks, duckies and canoes) on the New and Gauley rivers from March through October.

Raft WVA Inc.
Raft West Virginia offers a variety of New River and Gauley River whitewater rafting packages for your enjoyment.

Rivers Whitewater Resort
Since 1982, Rivers has been outfitting trips on the New & Gauley Rivers, sharing their love and knowledge of the outdoors with guests of all ages.

Sojourn on the Yough
A Pittsburgh Post Gazette author shares his experiences of a 6-day sojourn on the celebrated Youghiogheny River. Don't miss the great photo archive!

Three Rivers Paddling Club
A regional club headquarted in Pittsburgh, PA consisting of over 400 (mostly whitewater) paddlers from Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, the Maryland panhandle and beyond.

Trucking the Youghiogheny
This grand-daddy of whitewater "runs dishes out sedate rapids in Pennsylvania to complement way-hairier headwaters in Maryland." From GORP.

West Virginia Whitewater Levels
Get the current whitewater levels for the New and Gauley Rivers from the U.S. Corp of Army Engineers.

Whitewater Adventures
Whitewater Adventures has everything you need for your own self-guided whitewater adventure. Guided tours are also available at all levels from Class I easy float trips to Class V whitewater at its finest. Trips are available on the Lower, Middle and Upper Youghiogheny as well as Cheat Canyon, MD.

Wilderness Voyageurs
From their very mild Historical Float Trip & Family Trips to the thrill of Class V + Whitewater, Wilderness Voyageurs has something for everyone in Ohiopyle, PA.

Youghiogheny Outfitters
Rent a raft and explore the Youghiogheny, the most popular stretch of whitewater in the eastern United States.

Yough Weekend Recreation Outlook
Get the latest river stage and flow data as well as the weather report for the lower Youghiogheny, middle Yough and Cheat Basin. From the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.

Youghiogheny River
The Youghiogheny [yaw-ki-gay-nee] River "provides some of the best whitewater boating in the Eastern U. S. as well as spectacular scenery," according to the Whitewater Sports Network.

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