Investigating Crowding at the Lower Youghiogheny River, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Authors

  • Robert C. Burns West Virginia University Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Resources
  • Mary Allen
  • Arne Arnberger University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna Department of Spatial, Landscape and Infrastructure Sciences Institute of Landscape Development, Recreation and Conservation Planning
  • Sylvia Kainzinger University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna Department of Spatial, Landscape and Infrastructure Sciences Institute of Landscape Development, Recreation and Conservation Planning

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18666/JPRA-2020-10127

Keywords:

Perceived Crowding, Whitewater Recreation, Use Level, Management

Abstract

This research seeks the factors that influence perceived crowding at Ohiopyle State Park, located in southeastern Pennsylvania (U.S.). While Ohiopyle is one of the most visited rivers for whitewater recreation in the eastern part of the U.S., and with a growing demand for this type of recreation, there is the need to assess crowding issues at Ohiopyle. For this study, private boaters at the Lower Youghiogheny River were asked to complete a survey during the summer 2014 recreation season. A total of 398 on-site surveys were completed. Regression analysis showed that crowding was significantly influenced by take-out waiting time, expected use level, reported and acceptable level of use. Management implications are described for Ohiopyle State Park and the Lower Youghiogheny River. Subscribe to JPRA

Author Biography

Robert C. Burns, West Virginia University Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Resources

Professor in outdoor recreation resources; Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Resources, WVU

Published

2021-08-09

Issue

Section

Research Notes