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

First Home Town Throw Down of 2018

May 18th, 2018 Contributed by: natefry

Water levels are high and so was the energy at Dead Dog Hole for some fun competition. The event starting out with a bang as someone driving by on I-90 called in a kayaker in distress and we were paid a visit by a couple of County Sheriff Deputies that just wanted to make sure everyone was OK

2018 Reno HTTD #3

May 15th, 2018 Contributed by: natefry

Wenatchee River High Water Event!

May 9th, 2018 Contributed by: natefry

Holy blow out!!! As I read the local river gauges this morning, we are looking at: Wenatchee River in Monitor: 18,000 rising 150/hr Wenatchee River in Plain: 12,100 rising 150/hr Icicle Creek: 4,790 rising 30/hr Peshastin Creek: 940 falling 19/hr I have made the executive decision, that since everything is way too high to try and have any sort of order to an event, that I will be in Cashmere at 5:00 pm to go play boating with anyone who would like to join. You don’t even have to sign a waiver! If you’re feeling like chasing some big lines on something harder, go get it! It’s not everyday we see levels like this, so I hope everyone gets to enjoy it! See you in Cashmere this evening! Cheers, T-Pot!



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