Canoe the Youghiogheny River - A Beginner in West Newton

The Youghiogheny River is 134 miles, it flows through West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland. We live just outside of Pittsburgh and are lucky enough to close access to it. The river ranges from calm to advanced rapids.


About a 20 minute drive from our house is Youghiogheny Canoe Outfitters. They offer canoe and kayak rentals, with four different options in length to be shuttled and dropped off. Including an overnight. Cost is $39-$42 per canoe for a day or however long your float lasts, single kayaks are $22-$25 a day. Other boat options are available on their site.

Youghiogheny Canoe Outfitters were helpful, friendly and not overly concerned with when the boat would be returned. It seems like a lot of rental places charge by the hour and things can get pricey fast. The employees also made sure we had on our life vests and my two kids were set-up as needed. We were able to all fit in one canoe, and the staff gave us pads for the kids to sit on in the canoe.


I have had ear problems since I was a toddler and this was my first time out on a legit canoe float. The hubby made our reservation for the 7-mile adventure. There had finally been two days with no rain, so the river was perfect, especially for me as a beginner. I was slightly nervous being on the water again, although I had a custom ear plug and an ear-bandit. (I'm not allowed to get water in my right ear.) But, it was a very mellow float. We stopped at Cedar Creek Park and used the bathrooms, then stopped further down for a lunch break and to let the kids splash in the water.

We will definitely be returning and possible purchasing a canoe in the future.

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