Kokosing, Ohio, US
Gambier to Walhonding River
||I-II (for normal flows)
Millwood Ledge (200 cfs @ Mt. Vernon / 400 cfs @ Millwood)
Millwood Ledge (200 cfs @ Mt. Vernon / 400 cfs @ Millwood)Photo of Seth and Chase Grimm taken 05/29/06 @ 400 cfs
This little stream can be paddled from Mt. Vernon, OH, down, but water is more likely below
Steve Kreim relates that there are a couple of inaccuracies in Combs and Gillen's description: they
omit Class II- Factory Rapid, and they get the location of a two-foot Class-I ledge wrong.
Rody Walter shared:
This is a great little stream for those central Ohio folk who are dying for a quick fix.
This section is best run from Millwood (intersection of 62 and 36) down to the bridge on 36 just
past the sand factory. This is a 2 mile shuttle that is easily run by foot or bike...enjoy our
environment, don't pollute!
The run has many great spots for teaching beginners while maintaining enough feature to keep the
advance paddler interested. Although there are only three rapids in this three mile run, there are
numerous waves, eddylines, and slide rocks to keep the interest flowing.
The first small rapid encountered is a 3' ledge moving left of some boulders. Great surfing here
above 3'(bridge) with enders and squirts from the river right eddy.
Just downstream, the river narrows and bends to the left under some low hanging branches. Great
squirt spot from the river right side...deep and fast due to the constriction.
Factory rapid is the next feature, a class 2 boulder rapid, it is best run on the far left around
"munchie rock". This is the only passage available until the river reaches 5' on the bridge. The
center and right is a pin magnate...scout on the right side. Above 5' on the bridge, fun boofs off
"munchie" can be had and above 7' the river right side opens up a huge surf wave and hole...roll
quick to avoid the trees down stream at this level.
The canyon section is next with great squirt lines and slide rocks for fun. An excellent place for
swimming and jumping in the summer if you have enough water to scrape down. This section is an
excellent moving water section to teach rolling with current. Have the bow rescue ready.
After some flat water (campground river right) and a minor class 1 riffle the river bends to the
right at a large downstream ramping boulder with an auto eddy. The best squirts and cartwheels can
be had at this seam.
Boulder hop through the last class 1 garden and take out on river left under the 36 bridge. Hope
you saved some energy...the hike up reminds me of the middle meadow!
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Last Updated: 2011-04-17 00:10:15