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Difficulty III+
Length 0.01 Miles
Flow Range 9.00 - 15.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 9.38 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 09/18/2017 2:41 pm

River Description

The Rocks are a manmade rock dam used by BGMU as a holding reservoir for the city of Bowling Green's water intake. There are numerous lines to take. Play waves and holes may form at levels between 9 to 15ft. Scout before you run the Rocks and look for pinning rocks & wood. There are unconfirmed reports of rebar as well.  At flows below 8ft the rocks turn into a river wide sieve.

Watch this video of the Rocks at 12.4ft on 4/9/11 by G. Ress

The Rocks is located at Weldon Peete Park. The putin for the Rocks is located at the base of the College Street Bridge on river right. From this location you will paddle upstream to the Rocks. There is a proposal for a Bowling Green Whitewater Park. For additional information visit the project's facebook page.

Rapid Descriptions

College St Bridge Putin

Class - N/A Mile - 0

The putin for the Rocks is located at the base of the College St. Bridge on river right.  From this location you will paddle upstream to the Rocks

Old Louisville Rd Bridge Eddy Line

Class - I Mile - 0.12

The river right Old Louisville Rd Bridge piling forms a stiff eddy line perfect for stern squirts at higher levels.


Class - III+ Mile - 0.14

The Rocks are a man made rock dam. As a rule of thumb the higher the water level the easier the Rocks become to run.  Low water exposes the Rocks making for serveral technical lines.  Be sure to scout the rocks before you run them for wood and pinning rocks.  Surfing waves may form at certain levels. 

Seal Launch

Class - N/A Mile - 0.16

To run the rocks takeout at its base on river right and carry your boat up the bank to the portage trail.  Walk upstream a little ways and you will see a small clearing on your right with a fun 3 ft tall seal launch into the river.


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Nick Lawhon
9 years ago

At levels around 9.5' to 10.5' a nice surf hole opens up at the bottom of the river right line.

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Directions Description

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