The River

The Casselman River is a 55 mile long tributary of the Youghiogheny River in western Pennsylvania.  The river rises in western Maryland before making a great arc across Somerset County in the Laurel Highlands region.  The river flows primarily northward.  Major tributaries include Piney, Flaugherty, Blue Lick, Buffalo, Coxes, Middle, Whites and Laurel Hill Creeks.  Laurel Hill Creek joins the Casselman River just a few yards above its confluence with the Youghiogheny River near the appropriately named town of Confluence, Pennsylvania. 

A Rivers Conservation Plan was authored in 2001.  This plan contains detailed information about the watershed and surrounding areas, as well as land use practices, issues, and recommendations.  Also included are maps of the watershed.  Read the Rivers Conservation Plan written for the Casselman River.

Recreational opportunities abound in the Casselman River watershed.  The river has historically been impacted by abandoned mine drainage but with concerted efforts of organizations including CRWA the river has experienced a resurgence of life over the past few years.  Stretches of the Casselman River now support stocked trout and smallmouth bass fisheries. 

Several sections of the Casselman River are suitable for whitewater recreation and are rated Class I to Class III.  Are you planning to paddle the Casselman?  Visit American Whitewater's river gauge to check the water level. 

The Great Allegheny Passage also runs alongside the Casselman River between Meyersdale and Confluence.  Visit the 
Allegheny Trail Alliance for more information on amenities and attractions along the trail.




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