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Difficulty II-III
Length 2.66 Miles
Gauge N/A
Flow Range
Reach Info Last Updated 12/16/2013 11:02 am

River Description

This Class II-III stream feeds into East Fork Lake and is only runnable after heavy rains.  The put-in as at the OH-133 bridge over the creek.  If the creek looks runnable, then you are good to go. 

This run description is based off two runs of the creek at what is assumed to be moderate to high water in high volume river runners.  Other boaters have frequented this creek and state there is decent play throughout the run:  The creek starts out with some Class II boogie water for about 2/10 of a mile followed by two medium ledge holes, one right after the other.  The top hole is a seam in the middle that can be shot through, while the second doesn't have such an option - just gather some steam and punch it.  About 4/10 of a mile into the run is a really nice (and easy) near-riverwide surfing hole/wave.  This wave is located at about the last signs of civilization, as you enter East Fork State Park.  Wave surfing on river right and hole surfing in the middle, which appeared to be good for any variety of hole moves.

More boogie water, small play, and tree dogging until you reach the flat water section before the low head dam (about 1.4 miles into the run).  You'll see a building on river left (pump station??), which is your indication to get river right.  Don't get too close as you get out on river right.  As you walk downstream towards the dam, you'll notice a well worn path around the dam.  Follow that and you'll find an easy spot to put-in below the dam. 

After the dam, the action really picks up.  There is a small low-angle surf hole just below the dam on river right.  This is good for spins even in a high-volume river runner.  It's sticky enough to hold you for spins, but not to keep you (think spin holes below Double Suck on the Ocoee).  After a short section of boogie water, there is a river-wide hole not far downstream of the dam.  I think people probably play in this, however, it looks pretty sticky (easily punched in a river runner).  The next set of rapids I call "The Canyon Section" as the walls on river right really raise up high.  Lots of business going on here from waves, wave holes, and diagonals. All was easily boat scouted.

After the Canyon Section, the river goes back to more of a pool-drop style with Class II and some tree dogging punctuated by pools of moving water.  There is less than a half mile of paddling on East Fork Lake and your take-out will be on the left at an old road.  You have to hike a short section up a hill (old pavement).  Ample parking is available at the take-out (end of Bethel Concord Rd), but it is absolutely littered with garbage, glass, and debris.  Be cafeful.  If you don't like to hike up hills, then you can take-out at a boat ramp by paddling another .6 miles of flat water.  The boat ramp is on Reisinger Rd.

All in all, it's a fun run when you Stonelick or White Oak is maybe too high for your tastes.  This has a feel of Obannon Creek (with the ledge holes) blended with White Oak (more flow, bigger waves, bigger holes).

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runnable after heavy rain...look at it from the road

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New Hydro Project for Cuyahoga (OH)

Thomas O'Keefe

The Cuyahoga River, the river that burned, played a pivotal role in the birth of the nation's river conservation movement. While restoration gains have been significant, a proposal for a new hydropower project on a dam targeted for removal would represent a signficant setback in ongoing restoration efforts and would delay for at least half a century any effort to bring back the lost whitewater that sits buried behind the Ohio Edison Gorge Dam. Paddler participation at upcoming scoping meetings is important.

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Matt Muir


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1199090 12/31/10 troy fultz description
1199043 12/14/10 Matt Muir new reach added
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1199832 04/16/11 troy fultz description
1202932 12/16/13 Scott Puthoff
1201923 03/19/13 Scott Puthoff Updated run description, length, and gradient