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Spring Paddling is full bloom – regional festival schedule

This spring has had more water than ever. The thaw out from the great snow of 2010 has kept things running everywhere. Be careful out there as the high water may have changed things. BTW, spring festival season is starting, so don’t miss Cheat Fest on May 5th Stoneycreek Rendezvous – May 14-15 2010 Inaugural [...]

Great Afternoon on the Top Yough

After a 2 year break, I got on the Top Yough again on Friday. 38 Degrees, 400 cfs, and the company of Matt Taylor and Tom McEwan made for a great run to try and shake off the rust some. Now to start getting back out on the river again soon. BTW the Top Yough [...]

Lee’s Friday Update of Water level predictions

WEATHER – Forecast still looks seasonable and mostly sunny. Thunderstorms are in the forecast for Monday but ‘”so far’ in the evening – when everyone will be driving home. RELEASES SAVAGE – Not really a release since the reservoir is full and the water is flowing over the spillway, but currently 308 cfs and dropping [...]

Lee’s Weekend Water level forcast for Memorial Day Weekend

Events: ASCI Whitewater Showdown is Friday night – more info is at www.youghpaddlingclub.com WEATHER – Looks like a few lingering showers through Thursday but not enough precipitation to materially affect river levels. Cool on Friday with a warming trend and sunny weather throughout the 3-day weekend. Highs starting in the upper 60′s and finishing in [...]

ASCI Whitewater Showdown series starts this Friday

ASCI Whitewater Showdown Sponsored by: ASCI, Bliss-Stick Kayaks, Starkkmoon Kayaks, Stonyboater Paddle Wax, and Stonyboater.com The 2008 ASCI White Water Showdown will kick off this year on Friday, May 23rd with the following events: * 5PM – Registration * 6PM – Raft Race (ASCI will provide equipment) * 7PM – Boatercross * 8PM – Freestyle [...]

Frostburg State Pool Sessions are back!!!

Thanks again to a collaboration between the Frostburg State University’s Activities for Life program and the Yough Paddling Club rolling sessions will be held for 4 weeks at the FSU pool beginning February 19. Cost: $4 per person per night Dates: Feb. 19 & 26 and March 4 & 11 Time: 9:00 PM – 10:45 [...]

YPC – “Up the Creek With A Paddle” end of year trip

You are invited to participate in the Yough Paddling Club’s “Up the Creek with A Paddle” end of year trip. BETA: Date: Monday, December 31, 2007 Time: 10 AM River: N. Branch of the Potomac from Cumberland up stream for 1 hour or until we get to the Allegany County Fairgrounds (which ever happens first) [...]

Warning: Dangerous Strainer on the Cheat

An incident last weekend involving a strainer in the easier runout blow Pete Morgans has brought to light the existance of a dagerous strainer on the Cheat Canyon Section roughly 3/4 of a mile below the last major rapid. Here is a link to a description of the incident posted on the MCC’s Pattle Prattle. [...]

Weekend Water forecast for first weekend of November

I’m a little late getting this up, but here is Lee’s forecast for the rivers that are runnable this weekend. There is slim pickings as is typical in November. Lee’s predictions: NATURAL FLOW LOWER YOUGH – Currently ~ 2ft / 1000cfs, of which 800 is coming from the dam. Expect about the same all weekend. [...]

Weekend Water predictions by Lee for October 26-28

Each week Lee puts out his very accurate Weekend Water predictions which are published on the Canoe Club of Harrisburg website. His full prediction includes much of Central and Eastern PA as well as the Western Maryland Region. So I’ve edited it down to the rivers here in Western MD and within a short drive [...]

Freestyle Nationals Pictures – Impressions

A couple weeks ago now, ASCI hosted Freestyle Nationals. The event has recieved excellent reviews from everywhere I’ve seen write ups of the event. I was only able to get up there for a couple hours during the middle of the day. There was a good size crowd of at least 500 people and a [...]

Quick post and upcoming stuff

Its been a while since I posted anything so just a quick note of things to come. First, there is now an official Western Maryland Region for the Worldkayak.com website, and you will be able to put up Western Maryland based blog on worldkayakblogs.com soon too (if its not up yet). I’m the worldkayak.com ambassador [...]

Its official – September 9 Savage Release a go. YEAH!!!!

So I was wondering around the next instead of doing what I was supposed to be doing and there was a change to the Savage/North BranchRelease Schedule website this AM. According to the release website ”A whitewater release for Savage River Dam is being scheduled for Sunday September 9, 2007. The whitewater release will extend from [...]

September Boating in Western Maryland

As the summer fades to fall, September brings to end the summer river season, but also brings to the fore-front the reservoir drawdown schedule. Labor Day weekend has 3 days of Upper Yough Releases, then we start into Gauley season. September 9 is the third scheduled release for the Savage. Lets hope that there is [...]

Western Maryland Boating Scene

The question of what the boating scene is like in Western Maryland has come up a couple times recently. So I put together a brief description of the region and what there is to offer here.  Enjoy! Western Maryland is home to some the marquee whitewater runs in the Eastern United States. It includes the [...]

ASCI Friday Night Fun Series – Riversport Series Final in 4 days

All good things must come to an end, and the end of the first year of the Friday Night Fun Series is this Friday. But before we sign off o the year we are going out with a bang! The Riversport Series Final is a two event evening with two separate freestyle events held back to [...]

Upcoming events in the Western Maryland Region

Labor day Weekend is shaping up to be a great weekend for competitive and recreational boating. Friday August 31 will be the final Friday Night Fun Seriesevent – Riversport Series Final – a double event with 2 freestyle rodeos. All starting with Practice at 6 PM and competing under the lights from 7 PM on. [...]

Results from Friday Night Fun Series #6 – Immersion Research Giant Slalom

A quick post with the results from this past Friday’s event, the Immersion Research Giant Slalom.  A dozen boats participated in the event including 1 Ducky, a 2 person Ducky, a C-1, 6 kayaks, and 1 C-1 that had been converted to a kayak. Immersion Research Giant Slalom Kayak 1) Brian Homberg 2) Jesse Shimrock 3) Jack Ditty (C-1) [...]

Pictures from 8/10 Wavesport Freestyle are up

It took a little time but here is a link to a gallery with 370 pictures from the August 10 Wavesport Freestyle held at ASCI. The event was held at Feature”A” on the ASCI course. It was the 5th event of the Friday Night Fun Series. Wavesport Freestyle #2 Enjoy the pictures

Weekend Water Outlook for the weekend of 8/17-8/20

Well here I go with a new piece that I’m going to try. I’ll be trying to put out a weekend water out look for the next couple weeks. I’m not sure if it will be useful so please leave a comment if it is. Guaranteed Water   Upper Yough releases are scheduled for Friday, [...]