Wilderness Voyageurs: Upper Yough Class V Whitewater
Three times a week, the dam at Deep Creek Lake is released into the Youghiogheny River Gorge, creating the rip-roaring class V whitewater that’s made the Upper Yough famous. Eric Martin and his company Wilderness Voyageurs have been successfully running the “dream stream” for the last 12 years. The river is narrow (“intimate,” says Martin) and fairly technical, so WV sends out four-person rafts with three guests and one guide.
“It’s fast, dropping about 100 feet per mile,” says Martin. “You need to have done some rafting before and be athletically-minded to follow critical instructions from your guide. There’s a lot of shucking and jiving going on—it’s not just line up and go.”
WV offers the tour at noon on Monday, Friday, and Saturday, following the dam release schedule. Expect to spend five hours paddling the 11 miles. “It’s exhausting and amazing and I do it every chance I get,” says Martin. [From $120; wilderness-voyageurs.com]Back to top