FISHING | RIVERS, LAKES AND STREAMS
The Middle Yough, Laurel Hill Creek, and Whiteʼs Creek are considered some of the best trout waters in the region. Artificial lakes, such as the Yough, High Point, Cranberry, and Laurel Hill harbor a variety of game fish. We have lots of great options for fishing:
Youghiogheny River - A gem of the East with cold-water releases in Maryland and Pennsylvania that maintain good trout temperatures year round.
Middle Yough - 11 miles of "trophy trout" waters and home to 20-inch browns and rainbows.
Lower Yough - 12 miles of world-famous whitewater and great fishing with little fishing pressure.
Upper Yough - Catch-and-release and delayed-harvest areas.
Laurel Hill Creek - Shaded by hemlocks, this stream has two delayed-harvest sections and great trout fishing.
Dunbar Creek - This is a great stream for native brook trout with good canopy, cool temps, and great hatches.
Meadow Run - This stream can be a challenge with its laurel and rhododendron-lined banks, but includes a delayed- harvest section and classic stream-side beauty.
Whites Creek & McClintock Run - Stocked cold-water fisheries.
Enos Run - Wild brook trout.
Youghiogheny River Lake - Northern pike, walleye, trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, and panfish.
High Point Lake - Muskellunge, walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, and panfish.
Lake Somerset - Muskellunge, walleye, northern pike, largemouth bass, and panfish.
Laurel Hill Lake - Largemouth bass and rainbow trout.
Cranberry Lake - Largemouth bass.
BOATING AND CANOEING
The nearly 4,000-acre Youghiogheny River Lake winds 16 miles from Confluence southeast into western Maryland. Modern launch facilities at the dam, just outside of the town, accommodate ski, fishing, pontoon, and pleasure boats. Rentals are available at the Somerfield Recreation Area just south of Confluence.
Visitors to Confluence can choose canoeing experiences from mild to wild. The Youghiogheny River Lake just outside town has expansive flat waters and secluded coves. Confluence is the gateway to the nationally renown Middle Youghiogheny in Ohiopyle State Park with a peppering of whitewater and gentle drifts through the deepest water gap in Pennsylvania. The lower Youghiogheny, just 11 miles west, is for boaters searching for the thrill of big whitewater.