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’s Caring Christmas Project

November 20th, 2017 Contributed by: natefry

The APE’s are joining together to spread some Christmas cheer this year by helping a local family in need.  The family recently (11/17/17) suffered the death of the father/husband.  He was the sole breadwinner for the surviving family.  The mother has been a stay at home mom taking care of their youngest boy who has a long term illness.  The mother has 4 children: 14 year old girl, 10 year old boy, 5 year old girl and 3 year old boy.  The mother will have no financial means to make Christmas happen for the family this year in trying to cover the family budget and funeral expenses for the husband/father.  We APE’s want to make sure this family experiences the joy of Christmas again!  We are hosting a fundraising campaign from ( 11/ 20 /2017 - 12/ 08 /2017 ) to purchase Christmas gifts for this family on our APE’s PayPal website: http://www.riverapes.org/paypal-1.html

2017 Tallulah Race Results

November 14th, 2017 Contributed by: natefry

Sponsored by Micah Cox charging down Oceana – Photo by: Rob Giersch The race starts in the river right eddy beside the wooden launch ramp at the bottom of the 660 steps to get down into the gorge.  The finish line is at the confluence of the river into Tugalo Lake.  The race course is 1.54 miles long through all the major rapids of the Tallulah Gorge and drops 413 total vertical feet.  The race is a time trial event in which each racer is started in one minute intervals.

Featured Rapid: Top-Drop

November 3rd, 2017 Contributed by: natefry

Top-Drop River: Shoshone Difficulty: IV Description: Top-Drop is located at the base of the Buffalo Bill Reservoir. It is the first runnable rapid on the Canyon section of the Shoshone. Because of the minimum flow requirements released from the Buffalo Bill Reservoir, this drop runs year round.


 

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