Upper Monongahela River Association
The Pittsburgh District US Army Corps of Engineers manages river improvements, including the Locks and Dams
You should have real
navigation charts to travel the river. This site has
information on how to obtain the current versions.
This website includes notices on lock schedules, restrictions, etc.
contain a list of lights, sound signals, buoys,
daybeacons, and other aids to navigation.
Mon River History
The Headwaters District, A History of The Pittsburgh District, US Army Corps of Engineers. is an excellent and fascinating history of the use and development of our local waterways, from revolutionary times, up to the Johnstown PA flood of 1977. The book was written by Dr. Leland R. Johnson, and published in 1979. Unfortunately, this wonderful book is out of print and thus no longer available from the Pittsburgh District. However, with the permission of the Pittsburgh District, Don Strimbeck has arranged for West Virginia University Printing Services to reproduce the book. You may order it by calling 304-293-6366; email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost is $21.25, plus West Virginia residents must add the 6% sales tax of $1.28. Shipping and handling charges will also apply. Neither Don or UMRA benefits from WVUs sale of the book.
We also suggest you buy the companion book, The Headwaters District Roundtables, An Eyewitness History of The Pittsburgh District, Us Army Corps of Engineers, 1936-1988, by Leland R. Johnson and Jacque S. Minnotte, published 1989. Copies are still available from the Pittsburgh District; call 412-395-7500 for ordering information.
Discovering The Monongahela River - Beauty Around Every Bend - Published in Houuseboat Magazine, June 1996.
West Virginia Boating Regulations
In the past the
West Virginia Department of Natural Resources has
Recently the Department of Motor Vehicles has added an electronic summary at
Pennsylvania Boating Regulations
boating is regulated by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat
Commission. They have posted their
Additional boating resources, including the Pennsylvania Boating Handbook, are easily accessed through their boating home page
US Coast Guard Resources
The best river district link to USCG resources is
It has many USCG publications available on line.
The majority of the downloads are in Adobe Acrobat format.
Linked publications include:
Boating Statistics 2000 (COMDTPUB P16754.14)
Coast Guard Advisory on Carbon Monoxide Hazard Caused By Generator Exhaust Gas Accumulations
Safety Standards for Backyard Boat Builders (COMDT PUBP16761.3b)
Navigation Rules (COMDTINST M16672.2D,International-Inland)
The 2000 Ohio River Navigation Charts
MSO Louisville Information Bulletin regarding Regattas & Marine Parade Applications
Ohio River Valley Waterway Management Plan
Western Rivers Orientation Work Group
Inland Rivers Contingency Action Plan
Marine Regattas & Parades Application Package
National Boating Information
Particularly useful as a source of boat and engine recall information.
Boat US has an on-line master list of boating safety courses available nation wide.
The Power Squadrons offer basic boating safety courses in several communities along the river.
Information on building and running
a paddlewheel boat plus
Wally Venable's river boating pages
An American Rivers Bibliography
An annotated list of books, primarily related to the Mississippi River system
Recreational Boating Associations
West Virginia University Crew, Men - No longer an active program
West Virginia University Crew, Women - web site no longer works