Welcome to Western Maryland

boaterx1_039Western Maryland is home to some the marquee whitewater runs in the Eastern United States. It includes the watersheds of the North Branch of the Potomac, the Youghiogheny River, and, with in an hour’s drive, the Cheat and Tygart watershed. According to regional tradition, Western Maryland begins just west of the City of Frederick, MD, and continues west along I-70 and then I-68 until the West Virginia state approximately 10 miles west of Friendsville. This 150 mile journey takes one from around 300 feet above sea level all the way to the highest point of Maryland at over 3,000 feet of elevation. The mountainous nature of the region mixed with river valleys provides paddling experiences from the moving flat water along parts of the Potomac and Monocacy Rivers to classic whitewater runs like the Upper Yough, Kitzmiller section of the North Branch of the Potomac, and the Savage River. Some of the world’s best white water boaters cut their teeth on the rivers of the Western Maryland region. Given the close proximity of both the West Virginia Panhandle and South Western Pennsylvania there is some overlap in rivers that are included both in the Western Maryland Region and the Confluence/Ohiopyle Region of on worlkayak.com. This will also be true once there is a Morgantown based region for West Virginia.

Recent News and Info

APE Strokes & Concepts Clinic with Stephen Wright

January 17th, 2018 Contributed by: natefry

A pool session with the Hobbit King to improve your paddling techniques! ( Registration Deadline—Jan 29, 2018 ) Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) is pleased to announce another of its Paddle with the Pros clinics with Stephen Wright.  Jackson Kayak Factory Team member, Stephen, is a 5-time U.S. National Freestyle Champion, took 3 rd place in the World Championships in both 2009 and 2011, US Freestyle team member 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, & 2017 , was the Pan American Champion in 2011 and was the World Champion for Squirt Boating in 2015. This one evening course is designed for the boater who wants to deal deeper into proper paddling techniques in a kayak.  The clinic will be held at Freedom Hall Pool in Johnson City, TN.  Course will be limited to 10 students.  This course will likely fill up fast so be sure to send in your registration and payment to reserve your spot ASAP.

The Bend Kayakers go to Mexico

January 14th, 2018 Contributed by: natefry

Pyranha Freedom Hall Pool Demo

January 9th, 2018 Contributed by: natefry

Chris Hipgrave will be joining us on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at our weekly pool session.  Chris will have all the hottest new kayak designs from Pyranha for free demo and he’ll be there to help with paddling instruction. Check out the link below for all the Freedom Hall Pool Session info: http://regions.worldkayak.com/tri-cities/2011/01/01/freedom-hall-pool-kayak-session/


 

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