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Pennsylvania whitewater, Drake Run

Somerset county, Draketown to Youghiogheny River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V+     2 miles
  The wonderful Somerset County scenery and the cool fresh water will make you feel great. The Draketown to Youghiogheny River stretch of Drake Run in Pennsylvania is 2 miles long and it is classified as a class IV-V+ section by American Whitewater. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of people. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short
    distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. This is a short paddling stretch so no need to bring snacks. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Draketown to Youghiogheny
River section is one of them. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Pennsylvania is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that rivers in this state are less demanding. The campgrounds here at Drake Run are pretty good. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good rivers.

Briefly about the general area:
During your visit to Drake
Run you'll meet some people from Confluence for sure, and Seven Springs is a good local ski area. Take a hike on the Great Gorge Trail; nearby you hit upon Ohiopyle Gorge which is a pleasant spot to go to. This is such a great river. A great deal of rain falls at Drake Run. The month with most of the rain is July, and February meanwhile is the driest month. High temperatures at Drake Run through the summer months are in the 80's with overnight lows in the 50's. Highs throughout the wintertime are usually in the 30's, and night lows in the 10's for Drake Run.

Drake Run, Draketown to Youghiogheny River road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Drake Run.
 Whitewater Near Drake Run:
Drake Run, Somerset County, 1 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2 miles long (Draketown to Youghiogheny River)
Youghiogheny River, Fayette County, 2 miles away
      Class II - 10.4 miles long (Confluence to Ohiopyle)
Whitewater Outfitter - Riversports, Somerset County, 2 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whites Creek, Somerset County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Listonburg to Casselman River)
Beaver Creek, Fayette County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (LR 26023 to confluence with Meadow Run)
Whitewater Outfitter - Wilderness Voyageurs - Outfitters, Fayette County, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Youghiogheny River, Fayette County, 8 miles away
      Class IV - 0.25 miles long (Ohiopyle Falls)
Youghiogheny River, Fayette County, 8 miles away
      Class III - 7.4 miles long (Ohiopyle to Bruner Run)
Indian Creek, Fayette County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 4.9 miles long (Route 381 to Camp Carmel)
Mill Run, Garrett County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 8 miles long (Pigs Ear Road to Yough River Lake)
 Ski Areas Near Drake Run:
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 11 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 14 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 15 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 22 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Boyce Park, Pennsylvania , 42 miles away, 180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 43 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 45 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Blue Knob, Pennsylvania , 62 miles away, 1072 foot drop, 7 lifts, 34 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 69 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 87 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
 Marinas Near Drake Run:
Yough Lake Marina, Addison , 5 miles away
Deep Creek Marina, Mc Henry , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Drake Run:
Log Cabin Lodge And Suites, Jones Mills , 13 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites DONEGAL, Donegal , 14 miles away
Days Inn Donegal, Donegal , 14 miles away
Quality Inn Deep Creek Lake, McHenry , 15 miles away
Wisp Resort, McHenry , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Drake Run:
Tub Run, Markleysburg, 4 miles away
Mill Run Recreation Area, Friendsville, 7 miles away
Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park, Mill Run, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Drake Run:
Great Gorge Trail, Fayette , 9 miles away
Wolf Rocks Trail, Westmoreland , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Drake Run:
Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia , 40 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Drake Run:
King's Mountain Golf Course, Rockwood , 7 miles away
Middlecreek Golf Course, Rockwood , 12 miles away
Donegal Highlands Golf Course, Donegal , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Drake Run
Cranberry Glade Lake, Somerset , 3 miles away
Lake Louise, Garrett , 14 miles away
Lake Heritage, Adams , 18 miles away

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