Ludlow Creek - SR55 to Horseshoe Road Bend (river right)

Ludlow Creek, Ohio, US


SR55 to Horseshoe Road Bend (river right)

Usual Difficulty II+(IV) (for normal flows)
Length 3 Miles
Avg. Gradient 5 fpm
Max Gradient 50 fpm

An Ohio waterfall?

An Ohio waterfall?
Photo by Will Reeves taken 05/23/11

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Greenville Creek near Bradford OH
usgs-03264000 350 - 1800 cfs II+(IV) 01h15m ~ 148 cfs (too low)

River Description

Ludlow Creek is interesting in how it has a mixed set of rules.  The river is listed as an official part of the Stillwater River Scenic River Trail.  It has put-in and take-outs marked on the map with the falls marked as a probable portage.  However, the local law enforcement at Ludlow Falls will jump on you in a heartbeat if they see you unload your boats at the falls.  This is a crying shame since the falls are a beautiful vertical drop into nice green water.  Now if you use the access points noted on the Miami Conservancy District maps you can probably blitz down stream and plunge over the falls and then disappear into the gorge never to be seen.  Just don’t hang out and wait to see what happens.  The falls are very nice and there are a few other rapids downstream.

Permit Information

Depends on who you ask.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2012-02-05 19:09:54


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
1.5Ludlow FallsIVPutin Takeout Access Portage Waterfall Photo

Rapid Descriptions

Ludlow Falls (Class IV, Mile 1.5)

An Ohio waterfall?

An Ohio waterfall?
Photo by Will Reeves taken 05/23/11

A big vertical waterfall of over 10 feet.

Enjoy the following low-water (120 cfs) park-and-huck kof the falls:

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