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Garrett County MD Whitewater Adventure Paradise Equals Summer Fun!

Brian Homberg By: BrianHomberg
July 22nd, 2009
Category: Deep Creek Lake Activities, Deep Creek Lake Area Things To Do, Deep Creek Lake Events

Spotlight:  The Youghiogheny River, The ASCI Whitewater Course, & Upcoming Summer 2009 Whitewater Events

Looking for an unforgettable Deep Creek Lake area and western Maryland experience?  Try the exhilarating sport of whitewater paddling and experience the world class whitewater found right here in Garrett County - just a few hours from Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and Washington D.C.  Rushing water and adrenaline race together in the mountains… Been there, done that?  Consider revisiting the thrill, energy and physical and mental challenge of working as a team or individually to navigate a boat on turbulent whitewater.  When you do this, you learn something about life…and yourself.  Water is a life force - and a teacher.  It fully absorbs you for awhile. Try it and learn what you can do!

It’s no secret among whitewater enthusiasts that Garrett County and it’s spectacular rivers make it one of the premier whitewater sport destination areas in the country.  Local residents warmly and skillfully hosted the 1989 World Canoe/Kayak Championships on the Savage River (first time held in U.S.) for an incredible event that many remember.

The real “gem” in the Garrett County whitewater collection is the Youghiogheny River. (pronounced: Yock like rock)

Upper Yough Rafting

Upper Yough Rafting

It was designated as Maryland’s first Wild and Scenic River in 1976 which protects a 21 mile long segment from just north of Oakland Maryland to the town of Friendsville. This corridor is managed by the State Forest and Park Service to preserve the river’s wild and natural scenic, geologic, historic, ecologic, recreational, fish, wildlife, and cultural resources.  To learn more about the river and access points visit: Maryland DNR - Youghiogheny River

Whitewater rafting or kayaking on the 10 mile section from Sang Run to Friendsville  is an amazing experience also known as the “The Upper Yough“.  This section is world renowned for continuous whitewater, impressive gradient averaging over 100 ft per mile, and huge boulder strewn, tight and technical passages.  This is a physical run with non-stop intensity and adrenaline pumping action through a rugged, beautiful gorge right here in our backyard.roger-zbel-upper-yough Precision Rafting is the most experienced outfitter, located at the take-out point in the quaint town of Friendsville, MD.  Owner, Roger Zbel is an expert kayaking legend and winner of many, many  Upper Yough races and entrepreneur who pioneered commercial rafting here in 1981 with whitewater legend Phil Coleman.
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Upper Yough video clip

Whitewater releases are guaranteed from Deep Creek Lake.  Go to for the recreational release schedule and current Deep Creek Lake water levels.  Mellow float (kids) trips are also available on the easy sections of the river.   You can monitor local Garrett County river levels at:

The Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI) WHITEWATER COURSE

Brian Homberg Racing At ASCI

Brian Homberg Racing At ASCI

Garrett County’s newest, most interesting and beautiful spectator park - and  engineering marvel!  Have a picnic and scout the 1,700 foot twisting, foaming  course and watch participants up close.  Like what you see? Get in and test your timing, reflexes and teamwork on the world’s only adjustable mountaintop whitewater park that offers class I - IV whitewater in a “controlled” environment without typical river hazards such as downed trees, undercut rocks and places for foot entrapment.  Perfect for first-time family, friends, groups and younger ones.  Experience the swirling rapids with ASCI’s expert guide staff.  An effortless conveyor takes you from bottom to top while taking in spectacular panoramic views.  Take it to the next level by paddling an inflatable kayak (ducky) or learning how whitewater kayak.  Whether you are a participant or spectator, the ASCI Whitewater Park is a really cool place to visit in Garrett County on hot summer day.  Location:  On Top of Wisp Ski Resort. Great practice for the Upper Yough River.

Rafters Enjoying ASCI

Rafters Enjoying ASCI

Learn more about ASCI Guided Family Raft Trips at:
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The real showcase is the public awareness side of preserving and conserving our free flowing rivers and streams as recreation areas.  Get involved at:

Upcoming Summer Whitewater Events in Garrett County

July 25th , 2009 - 4:00 p.m. start, 1 minute intervals, approx. 30 min. race

Upper Yough Extreme Race (great event to watch - for experts only) - some of the best paddlers in the country will be racing, and the hike into the gorge is fantastic. Details at:

August 15th-16th

U.S. Whitewater Rafting National Championships - this will be held at ASCI on Saturday and on the Lower Yough on Sunday (details at There will be a Junior class, and no equipment is necessary. I had a great chance to become a National Champion at an early age, and these raft races will grow over time.

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Brian Homberg, an expert whitewater kayaker for over 30 years and a former National Team Member, narrowly missed both the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Teams.  He enjoyed competing in international races in Europe while on the team.  He loves Garrett County and has been his home for the last 12 years.

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