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.

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Tumwater Free for all

July 12th, 2017 Contributed by: natefry

Good morning Wenatchee Valley! I hope everyone has been having a rockin summer. It has been hot AF and the river has been quite the asset to keep our minds right. For tonights weekly dose, we are going to get our Tumwater on! Bring your play boat and come throw down in cherry hole or fire off some laps on what ever section you like

APE’s Basic Swift Water Rescue Course

July 10th, 2017 Contributed by: natefry

(Registration Deadline: 8/4/2017)

APE’s Hiwassee River Weekend

July 10th, 2017 Contributed by: natefry

Come join us for a weekend on the Hiwassee River (Class I-II water) July 14-15! We’re planning on driving down on Friday afternoon and camp at Gee Creek Campground.


 

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