History

White Water Adventurers, Inc. was founded in 1969 by an Ohiopyle family, Robert and Shirley Marietta. In the early years, the guests on the river were few and far between and the guides were just locals that grew up on the river. Through word of mouth, rafting on the Youghiogheny (or Yough for short, pronounced “Yock”) gained a following and White Water Adventurers grew with it, along with it’s reputation for fun and exciting rafting trips.

Our current office, was built around childhood home of Robert Marietta, and is located in the heart of Ohiopyle. When the company began to grow, more space was needed for the office and the new T-shirt shop, but in the way of the new construction stood Robert’s favorite tree. Instead of removing the old tree, the T-shirt shop was built around it. This began our long tradition of caring for the environment that still holds true to this day. In 1996, Robert recognized the need for appropriate overnight accommodations in the town of Ohiopyle. He and his staff began construction on the Yough Plaza Motel. The ten room and five suite complex has allowed guests of the region to stay in clean, comfortable accommodations in downtown Ohiopyle.

Today, Robert’s wife Shirley is still at the helm of the company steering it in the right direction.  She is assisted by her son, Bobby.  Along with members of our staff, the Marietta’s strive for perfection both on the river and off. This has made White Water Adventurers the leading rafting company in Ohiopyle over recent years. With the continued success of the business, the Mariettas have been able to expand in many ways, including the T-shirt and coffee shops, along with the Yough Plaza Motel, and the new Ohiopyle Mini Golf!

Each year thousands of visitors experience the thrill of rafting with White Water Adventurers on the Youghiogheny river. Whether you’re coming for the rafting or any other of our many attractions here in Ohiopyle, we take great pride in making your vacation a memorable one. We love the area and people who live here and strive to keep it as beautiful as we found it. Our commitment to our customers is guest satisfaction, and our promise to the environment is to do our best to keep it as pristine as we found it. Here in Ohiopyle we are blessed to have such gorgeous natural surroundings and our mission is to help you enjoy it! So thank you in advance for making White Water Adventurers part of your trip and we hope you come back for many years!

Best wishes,
The White Water Adventurers Team

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