Buck Creek, Ohio, US
|Usual Difficulty||II(III) (varies with level)|
|Avg. Gradient||10 fpm|
|Max Gradient||10 fpm|
|Buck Creek Approximation|
|virtual-49471||300 - 2000 cfs||II||01h04m||~ 174 cfs (too low)|
|Uncertain. Probably good beginner play. WE NEED YOUR INPUT! Add a comment or report. Gauge subtracts Mad River gauges upstream and downstream of Buck Creek to get reasonable approximation of Buck Creek flow. See 'Flows' tab for more info.|
A fine just-over 5-mile run may be done from just downstream of the C.J.Brown Reservoir and dam.
A few fine rapids are scattered along the run, with a fine finale as one gets to Snyder Park. The
Buck Creek White Water Project involved removal of a low-head dam directly behind the
Springfield Museum of Art (in 2009) and removal of a second low-head dam on the east side of
Snyder Park (in 2010). In their place, 'rock arch rapids' were engineered to create a
whitewater park. Indeed, many boaters may prefer the convenience of skipping the need for a
shuttle by just doing a PnP (park-and-play) at the park.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|-1.0||Buck Creek State Park||N/A|
|-0.4||Buck Creek Trailhead||N/A|
|1.0||Confluence, Beaver Creek||N/A|
|2.8||Simon Kenton Trail Bridge||N/A|
|4.3||Art Museum Rapid||II|
|4.4||Art Museum Second Drop||II|
|4.7||Buck Creek Trailhead / Plum Street||N/A|
|5.0||Snyder Park Drop #1||I|
|5.1||Snyder Park Drop #2||II|
|5.1||Snyder Park Drop #3||II+|
|5.1||Snyder Park Drop #4||II|
|7.1||Mad River confluence||N/A|
The natural limestone chutes are the most difficult rapids on this river.
Just past a railroad bridge, expect to find some minor rapids.
A man-made rock-arch rapids.
This small sliding drop unfortunately tends to pick up some wood. When it is open the drop is an easy class II.
This is a small drop that provides very limited surf opportunities, but does have a decent eddy line for eddy line moves. Also a good place for beginners to practice ferries, catching eddies, and peeling out.
Hole wave that provides opportunities for many hole moves at higher water and spins and low angle cartwheels at lower flows. At some flows, the wave is very close to the concrete which can result in a mean head hit to the concrete/rock that creates the feature.
This drop tends to be much faster than all the other drops in Snyder Park. Flushy on either side of the smaller sweet spot for surfing.
Drop 4 is an easy surf wave, but it tends to be very flushy and not all that grabby. However, the real challenge of this wave is if you flip: there are whirpools galore downstream that show the paddler any flaw in their roll technique!