Great Miami, Ohio, US
|Usual Difficulty||II (for normal flows)|
|Great Miami River at Dayton OH|
|usgs-03270500||250 - 6000 cfs||II||01h20m||5090 cfs (running)|
|Big, pushy, swirling eddies.Likely diminished play? (We could use your input to confirm ranges and playability!) Gauge (2,511 square miles) is right at this site, so will very accurately portray actual flows.|
The feature is across from the Dayton Art Institute. The best place to park is off of Monument Ave. under the I-75 overpass (N39.762816, W84.199844).
The river left feature doesn't look like it has any play opportunities, but it is a good place for beginners to practice ferrying and eddy turns.
The river right feature forms a large wave train that runs between 23.5-26.5 ft on the gauge. The best level for play seems to be 26 ft/2500 cfs. At higher flows, "whirlpools" form on the eddyline that make rolling a challenge, with both eddies feeding very strongly into the drop (above 27ft/4200 cfs).
Another feature is being constructed upstream, at Riverscape Metropark. As of Feb.2017, it still had metal, rocks, and construction equipment in the water, but feature is open. It looks to form a large hole, kind of like a bigger version of the Mad River Run.
Check out the following video at a reported level of 24.5' (about 1010 cfs):