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Navigational Information

The Pittsburgh District US Army Corps of Engineers manages river improvements, including the Locks and Dams

General Pittsburgh District Information

Monongahela River Navigation Charts

You should have real navigation charts to travel the river. This site has information on how to obtain the current versions.
The link and information seem to change frequently. If this doesn't work, follow links from the Pittsburgh District Corps site above.

Corps Navigation Notices

This website includes notices on lock schedules, restrictions, etc.

Watershed Atlas of the Monongahela & Allegheny Rivers

The 2003 Coast Guard Light Lists. 

These publications contain a list of lights, sound signals, buoys, daybeacons, and other aids to navigation.
They are in PDF format and are generally under 2MB in size. This site links to a variety of USCG navigation information.

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 wvprint@mail.wvu.edu. 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 WVU’s 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.

Cruising Information

Discovering The Monongahela River - Beauty Around Every Bend - Published in Houuseboat Magazine, June 1996.

Point Marion, PA - BIG Dock

Captain's Watch Inn, Bed & Breakfast, Greensboro PA

Adventures on Magic River, Mon River Morgantown WV

Greater Morgantown Convention & Visitors Bureau 

Marion County Chamber of Commerce

MCPARC, (Marion County Parks) Fairmont WV

Monongahela River Trails Conservancy

Mon Valley Green Space Coalition

Prickett's Fort State Park

Marinas, etc.

Marks Marine Repair, LLC

Two Rivers Marina & Campground, Point Marion PA


Water Trails

Upper Mon Water Trails, Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce VISION 2020 committee


Boating Safety

West Virginia Boating Regulations

In the past the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources has distributed their
Synopsis Of West Virginia Boating Regulations And Laws
as a print document.
To make these regulations more widely accessible, the Upper Monongahela River Association has scanned the official
paper copy to produce this web version.
Users are warned that this site may contain scanning errors, or that revisions may have been made since the publication date.
Our copy is at

A Synopsis Of West Virginia Boating Regulations And Laws

Recently the Department of Motor Vehicles has added an electronic summary at


Pennsylvania Boating Regulations

In Pennsylvania, boating is regulated by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. They have posted their
boating rules at


Additional boating resources, including the Pennsylvania Boating Handbook, are easily accessed through their boating home page


US Coast Guard Resources

The central USCG office for small boat safety is

USCG Office of Boating Safety

The best river district link to USCG resources is

The Marine Safety Office - Louisville, 8th U.S. Coast Guard District

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

National Marine Manufacturers Association

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.

United States Power Squadrons

The Power Squadrons offer basic boating safety courses in several communities along the river.

Boat Building

American Sternwheel Association

Information on building and running a paddlewheel boat plus
information on paddlewheel boat events.

Wally Venable's river boating pages

Building a Paddlewheel Boat
The Paddlewheel Riverboat: Its Evolution and Survival by Carl Wright

An American Rivers Bibliography 

An annotated list of books, primarily related to the Mississippi River system

The USCG publication Safety Standards for Backyard Boat Builders (COMDT PUB P16761.3b)

Recreational Boating Associations

Pennsylvania Boating Association
 American Sternwheel Association
 American Boating Association
 United States Power Squadrons
 West Virginia Bass Federation
 Sea Scouts, Westover WV
 West Virginia University Crew, Men - No longer an active program
 West Virginia University Crew, Women - web site no longer works