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Canoeing, white-water rafting, kayaking

Selected Books

Adams, Noah
Far Appalachia: Following the New River North
F247.N5 A33 2001
The host of NPR's All Things Considered and a native of eastern Kentucky, Adams takes readers on a year-long journey along the New River through Appalachia by canoe, bicycle and white-water raft.
American Youth Hostels, Inc. Pittsburgh Council
Canoeing Guide to Western Pennsylvania and Northern West Virginia
F147.3 .A43 1991x
This guidebook by Mary Shaw and Roy Weil is available in Allegheny County public libraries and covers the canoeable waters that run westward out of Pennsylvania via the Ohio River. It is the result of 30 years of canoeists' contributions through Hostelling International Pittsburgh.
Frye, Bob
Paddling Pennsylvania: A Guide to 50 of the State's Greatest Paddling Adventures
PENNA GV776.P4 F79 2011
One of the Falcon Guides' state paddling series, this guide provides routes within easy driving distance of population centers and features a balance of river and open water trips with an emphasis on beginner and intermediate paddling adventures.
Jacobson, Cliff
Canoeing & Camping: Beyond the Basics
GV790.J33 2007
A thoroughly modern, ultra complete book for those who love canoes and the magic of wild places. Begins with the basics and progresses through expedition techniques that only experts know-and which you won't find in other books.
Mattos, Bill
The Practical Guide to Kayaking, Canoeing & Sailing
GV783.M354 2007x
Includes expert advice, guidelines and information covering every aspect of each sport, with over 1500 images including step-by-step practical instructions.
Mattos, Bill and Andy Middleton
Kayaking and Canoeing for Beginners: A Practical Guide to Paddling for Novices and Intermediates
q GV783.M355 2004x
This is a book for beginners going out on the water for the first time. It includes practical advice on where and when to paddle, clothing and equipment needed for safety and comfort, and how to prepare the body with fitness training.
McGuffin, Gary
Paddle Your Own Kayak: An Illustrated Guide to the Art of Kayaking
GV783.M385 2008x
Illustrated with more than 600 color photographs and illustrations, Paddle Your Own Kayak is designed for both seasoned and novice kayaker, offering guidance on balancing the body, strokes and maneuvers, paddling fundamentals and more.
Mitchell, Jeff
Paddling Pennsylvania: Canoeing and Kayaking the Keystone State's Rivers and Lakes
PENNA GV776.P4 M58 2010
Did you know that Pennsylvania contains more miles of rivers and creeks than any other state? This guide contains information for 211 of the commonwealth's rivers, creeks, lakes, ponds and reservoirs.
Richey, Warren
Without a Paddle: Racing Twelve Hundred Miles Around Florida by Sea Kayak
GV776.F62 R54 2010
Richey, writer for the Christian Science Monitor, takes up the Ultimate Florida Challenge: paddling 1,200 miles around the coast of Florida in a kayak in 30 days.
Routh, Cory
Kayak Fishing: The Complete Guide
q SH441.R825 2008x
This guide gives you a quick, clear understanding of the essential information you'll need to get started in the growing sport of kayak fishing.
Westwood, Andrew
Canoeing : the essential skills and safety
GV783.W425 2007x
A clear course of basic instruction in flatwater canoeing techniques. Includes portaging, maneuvering tandem and solo canoes, capsize recoveries, camping.
Whiting, Ken and Kevin Varette
Whitewater Kayaking: the Ultimate Guide
GV788.W59 2008x
A teaching tool for learning how to kayak.


Whiting, Ken and Kevin Varette
Practical Kayaking
(DVD) GV783.P7326 2004x
A beginner's guide to kayaking, covering: selecting a kayak, equipment, safety, paddling techniques.

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Pittsburgh Region

  • Allegheny Front: Kayaking Pittsburgh's Rivers
    The Allegheny Front radio program visits Venture Outdoor's kayak rentals on Pittsburgh's North Side.
  • Beaver County Rowing Association
    Beaver County Rowing Association supports rowing, kayaking and sculling in Beaver County, north of Pittsburgh.
  • Kayak Pittsburgh
    Kayak Pittsburgh is a project of Venture Outdoors and offers flat-water kayaks downtown, in North Park and Lake Elizabeth on the North Side.
  • Ohiopyle Falls Race
    An annual whitewater event at the end of September in Ohiopyle on the Youghiogheny River southeast of Pittsburgh.
  • Paddle Without Pollution
    Paddle Without Pollution organizes primarily kayakers and canoeists to conduct trash pick-ups, assist with habitat restoration, and monitor the conditions of rivers, lakes, and streams.
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Sojourn on the Yough" (YOCK)
    Reporter Bob Batz Jr. and photographer Annie O'Neill used canoes, rafts and bikes to cover the 74 miles along the Youghiogheny River from Confluence to McKeesport over six days, in celebration of the Youghiogheny being named 1998 River of the Year by the state.
  • Steel City Dragons
    The Steel City Dragons are a dragon boat recreation and racing organization. They have teams for all ages and a national champion breast cancer survivor team.
  • Three Rivers Paddling Club
    A Pittsburgh-region club consisting of over 400 (mostly whitewater) paddlers from Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, the Maryland panhandle and beyond.
  • Three Rivers Rowing Association (TRRA)
    The Three Rivers Rowing Association offers weekly urban kayak tours in the heart of Pittsburgh.
  • US Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh District Water Management
    Check here for current river conditions on the Youghiogheny and Cheat Rivers.

Pittsburgh Region - Outfitters

  • Laurel Highlands River Tours
    A family owned and operated company in Ohiopyle, Fayette County, that offers river rafting on the Youghiogheny River.
  • Ohiopyle Trading Post
    Guided or Guide-escorted Ohiopyle rafting trips for all ages. Rental Bikes and Boats.
  • White Water Adventures
    A white water rafting outfitter for the Youghiogheny and Cheat Rivers. Based in Ohiopyle, PA. Also offers lodging at the Yough Plaza Motel in Ohiopyle.
  • Wilderness Voyageurs
    The original Youghiogheny Outfitter; more trips, since 1964, than any other Ohiopyle Rafting company.



  • Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission: Water Trails
    Water trails are boat routes suitable for canoes, kayaks and small motorized watercraft and have access points, boat launches, day use sites, and -- in some cases -- overnight camping areas.
  • Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers: Sojourns
    The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds & Rivers has put together this information on River Sojourns in Pennsylvania, most of which take place in June during "Rivers Month" in Pennsylvania. River Sojourns are educational, multi-day canoeing and float trips organized by organizations. You can also download a 50 page booklet for organizers: River Sojourn Organizer's Guide: Pennsylvania's Experience.

Nearby States


National Web Sites

  • American Canoe Association
    Conservation (ACA is a strong advocate for clean water) news, programs and special events, and paddle sport information. Offers courses in basic paddle sports and instructor level courses.
  • American Whitewater
    A national nonprofit organization of almost 4,000 individual whitewater boating enthusiasts and more than 100 local paddling club affiliates. Includes a river guide to whitewater around the nation, with information on whitewater with alerts, maps, and local clubs for each.
  • Northeast Paddlers Message Board
    Share experiences with other paddlers in the Northeastern United States. Their articles section includes ones on the Clarion, Delaware, Susquehanna, and Lehigh.
  • Personal Flotation Device Manufacturers Association
    Information on choosing the right PFD (life-jacket), one that you or your child will wear.
  • USA Canoe & Kayak
    U.S.A. Canoe and Kayak (USACK) is the National Governing Body for all canoe/kayak racing in the U.S.

Last updated Wednesday February 27 2013.