Ohiopyle State Parks extends falls access pilot program
The DCNR Bureau of State Parks is extending a pilot program at Ohiopyle State Park that allows boaters access to the Ohiopyle Falls. The bureau, in cooperation with the American Whitewater Association, assessed a pilot program granting private boater access to the falls during a three week period last year from Aug. 22 through Sept. 12. Nearly 700 boaters took advantage of this access. During this time, there were no visitor accidents or injuries associated with running the falls.
Beginning Saturday, May 21, and closing Sunday, Sept. 11, the falls will be open for runs between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., with the last permits being sold at 2:15 p.m.. The park has received positive feedback from the boating community and from park visitors watching from the falls observation decks in anticipation, as the boaters negotiate the waterfall.
For more information about this pilot program, contact the Ohiopyle State Park office at (724) 329-8591.