Sagamore Creek, Ohio, US
|Usual Difficulty||IV (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||83 fpm|
|Tinkers Creek at Bedford OH|
|usgs-04207200||1000 - 2500 cfs||IV||01h13m||~ 116 cfs (too low)|
Description provided by Corey Spoores, who ran it on 12/21/13 with Shawn Yingling and Jeff
Knechtel. Tinker's was running 1610 cfs.
A nice put in if your party is small in size can be located off of Sonny Drive. With room to park 1-2 vehicles on a small pull off, it is best to make haste to the creek as it passes under the road. The initial size of Sagamore Creek is only 8 feet wide. It quickly widens to 15' once you cross under Dunham Road.
Sliding off the smartly kept yards at the putin, you will wind your way past a few houses until
you come to the medium-sized tunnel that leads under Dunham Road. Don't worry; it is plenty
tall to pass through. As the gradient begins to drop, watch ahead for the the first large
This unnamed drop falls roughly 15 feet in 25-30 feet of distance. There is a good two boat eddy on river right and a good 1 boat eddy on river left to boat scout this drop. This drop has been described as a double clapper, which any line is all good, but the left is better. There is a nice eddy below if things go awry.
With continued gradient you now enter some nice boogie water but remain watchful for logs across the creek. Small ledge holes will punctuate this section of the run.
Stay attentive when the creek hits the high wall and goes hard left. As you wrap around the finger ridge and begin to cut back towards the right watch for a small island. Just below this is the start of the tunnel. There is a 2+ boat eddy on river right. This is located right at the cusp of the tunnel for a quick boat scout.
Committing to the tunnel requires a boof over a small ledge and away you will go. Similar to the Tunnel on Tinkers, the flow is shallow and fast moving from left to right and back left. Line up with the left angling wave on your right side and boofing hard off the lip will land you into an fluffy pool below.
As you travel down this run, you will come up to two rapids before the creek works back to the right. The first can be ran right down the tongue. This will set you up nicely for the next unnamed rapid. This slide ends in a nice surf wave if you're on your toes.
Stay on your toes for the remaining run, as there are some trees to avoid and slides to enjoy.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
Committing to the tunnel requires a boof over a small ledge and away you will go. Similar to the Tunnel on Tinkers, the flow is shallow and fast moving from left to right and back left. Line up with the left angling wave on your right side and boofing hard off the lip will lend you into an fluffy pool below.