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Rock the Yough 2023! July 28th to 30th in Ohiopyle PA!

  • July 18, 2023 10:06 PM
    Message # 13229588

    Hello everyone we are getting excited for rock the Yough 2023! Feel free to post any messages or questions on here to us about the event or contact me via cell phone at 484-577-0439.  If you have interest in contributing food for Saturday night dinner, please contact us.  A dessert is always safe to bring, we are having a taco themed dinner Saturday night, if you had a side you are interested in bringing, please contact us.  We are doing this to avoid having too much/ potential waste of food.  Below are the details from the event page! can't wait to see everyone!!

    Sponsors Steve and Sonja Mahon want to show off one of the clubs most popular whitewater venues, but that doesn’t mean that Rock the Yough is just for whitewater – it’s a trip for everyone!


    Flatwater and sea kayakers will enjoy checking out Youghiogheny River Lake.  Jockey Hollow Boat Ramp will be a good place to put-in/take-out to avoid some of the power boats. It has also been recommended to travel a little further to the Maryland side and put-in at Mill Run Recreation Area (25 minutes from the campground). High Point Lake and Deer Valley Lake are also spots to check out (about a half hour away from our campground, and within minutes of each other) and are a bit more secluded.  Cheat Lake a 1,730 acre reservoir 53 min. from the campground has two launches at Cheat Lake Park and by the Ices Ferry Bridge.  The quiet areas of the lake known as the “backwaters”  are best for kayaking.  

    For the adventurous recreational paddler who is comfortable with moving water, we recommend the Class II Middle Yough River (put-in right at camp!).  All of the minor class 2 rapids can be easily missed because the river is very wide.  If you are unsure about your watercraft, inflatable duckie kayaks are available for rent in Ohiopyle.

     Middle Yough:

    For whitewater boaters who are not ready for the Class III+ waters of the Upper and Lower Youghiogheny River, there's the nearby Class II Casselman River.

    Lower Yough:


    Other Activities:

    Don't want to kayak? Come for the hiking, sightseeing, fishing, mountain biking, or join a commercial raft trip! There are many trails located in and around the Ohiopyle State Park area. If you enjoy hiking to see some waterfalls, we recommend the Cucumber Falls Trail, the Jonathan Run Trail, and the Meadow Run Trail (towards the Cascades).


    Enjoy the best scenic mountaintop views from some of the most easily accessible upper elevations in West Virginia at Cooper’s Rock and Snake Hill.  

    There are two Frank Lloyd Wright houses in the area – Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob. If you are interested in checking out Fallingwater, we recommend booking tickets early, as the tours fill very quickly. The French &Indian War’s Fort Necessity, built by Lt. George Washington, Gen. Braddock’s Grave, George Washington’s Tavern and the Jumonville Glen battlefield managed by the National Park Service are popular sightseeing destinations in the area. Within an hour’s drive, there is also a Casino and many golf courses.


    For the fishermen of the group, this is a very stream-rich area. You can fish for trout in Laurel Creek in Laurel Hill State Park, Meadow Run in Ohiopyle, and the Middle Yough River in Ohiopyle. For small mouth bass, the Casselman River is a great option. Most of these rivers have full trail access. Nearby Cheat Lake has 46 recorded species of fish in the lake. 

     Biking and Climbing: 

    Ohiopyle State Park has several designated Rock Climbing areas providing Top roping and Sport climbing routes.  There is mountain biking on Sugarloaf Mountain with beginner to difficult trails and flat trail biking on the Great Allegheny Passage biking trails. Bike rentals are available in Ohiopyle.  

     Party, Camping & Sat. Night Pitch-In

    This will be a trip you won't want to miss - especially the Saturday night pitch in dinner with live music from the Infamous Bob (Big Drop) Heckler (an HCKC legend and all-around great guy)! The main course protein will be provided, and we ask for everyone to pitch in either a side dish or a dessert. There will be a $10 cash event fee per person to cover costs of the main course and consumables (plates, napkins, flatware, etc.). THIS IS IN ADDITION TO THE CAMPING FEE. All other meals (breakfasts, lunches, and Friday dinner) are to be self-provided. 



    Paddler’s Lane Retreat/Campground

    255 Paddlers Ln

    Confluence, PA 15424

    Do not call the campground for reservations, as we have a large area already reserved for the HCKC. Camping will be $10 per person per night. Upon arrival to the campground, cash payment should be paid to Sonja or Steve Mahon directly, NOT to the campground. We are taking care of all accommodation coordination with the campground to make things easier on everyone.


    The campground does not allow firewood to be brought in from outside. There are bundles in front of the bathhouse that can be purchased. (This WOULD be paid directly to the campground.)


    There is a bathhouse with hot showers, and a utility sink for washing dishes.

    **If you will be camping out of your vehicle, please contact Steve at 484-577-0439. There is a designated area for this in the campground and/or we will make sure you get to park near the group site.


    Rentals in Ohiopyle


    Bike rentals

    - Wilderness Voyageurs Rafting & Bike Tours

    103 Garrett St, Ohiopyle, PA 15470


    - Laurel Highlands River Tours and Outdoor Center

    4 Sherman St, Ohiopyle, PA 15470


    Duckie kayak/raft rentals/Guided raft trips

    - Wilderness Voyageurs Rafting & Bike Tours

    103 Garrett St, Ohiopyle, PA 15470

    *Stand-up Paddle Boards also available for rent – call number on website to reserve!

    *Paddle-cats/Shredders also available for rent


    - White Water Adventurers Inc.

    6 Negley St, Ohiopyle, PA 15470


    - Laurel Highlands River Tours and Outdoor Center

    4 Sherman St, Ohiopyle, PA 15470

    *Paddle-cats/Shredders also available for rent


    Flatwater Boat Launches

    Jockey Hollow Boat Ramp

    Confluence, PA 15424


    Mill Run Recreation Area

    Mill Run Rd, Friendsville, MD 21531


    High Point Lake

    South Access Boat Launch – T348, Fort Hill, PA 15540

    North Shore Boat Ramp – Lake Shore Rd, Fort Hill, PA 15540


    Deer Valley Lake

    S Access Road, Fort Hill, PA 15540


    Local Sightseeing Attractions


    1491 Mill Run Rd, Mill Run, PA 15464


    Kentuck Knob

    723 Kentuck Rd, Dunbar, PA 15431


    Fort Necessity

    National Pike, Farmington, PA 15437

    Last modified: July 18, 2023 10:07 PM | Steve
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