River Guides

Patrick McCarty
Operations Manager
Email: [email protected]
Guides the Upper Yough, Cheat Canyon, & Lower Yough.
Qualifications: Trip Leader, Safety Boater, Raft Guide

Patrick, who is Mark and Linda’s son, grew up in Ohiopyle loving the river. He started helping out on the river in 2004 when he was granted special exception to become a guide at the age of 16. During his senior year of high school, he attended the New River Academy for kayaking. He has traveled to New Zealand and Chile, studying and paddling. Patrick overseas daily operations and guide training. We will hopefully have him at Laurel Highlands for many years to come.

Garth Boyd
Upper Yough Manager & Senior Guide
Joined Laurel Highlands in 1997.
Guides the Upper Yough, Cheat Canyon, & Lower Yough.
Qualifications: Trip Leader, Safety Boater, Raft Guide

Andy Hiss
Senior Guide
Joined Laurel Highlands in 1998.
Guides the Upper Yough, Cheat Canyon, & Lower Yough.
Qualifications: Trip Leader, Safety Boater, Raft Guide

Tom Steyer
Senior Guide
Joined Laurel Highlands in 1985.
Guides the Upper Yough.
Qualifications: Trip Leader, Safety Boater, Raft Guide

Tom has worked for Laurel Highlands for close to 30 years and we are fortunate enough to still have him on weekends and holidays. He lives in nearby Mill Run with his wife Sandy and their two beautiful daughters, Kaitlyn and Sara.

MacKenzie Hatcher
Photographer
Nickname: Big Mac
Shoots river photos on the Cheat Canyon and Upper Yough.
Quailifications: Safety Boater

MacKenzie is Mark and Linda’s granddaughter. Big Mac, as she is known, grew up on the river in Ohiopyle started helping out on the river in 2006 as a guide assistant on the Middle Yough. In 2009, she traveled to Switzerland representing the United States Wildwater Kayaking team in the Junior World Championships. She now lives in Morgantown, WV where she attends West Virginia University. She comes to Ohiopyle to go kayaking as often as possible.