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Difficulty IV+
Length 1 Miles
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Reach Info Last Updated 03/22/2018 12:45 am

River Description

This little creek is possibly one of the best solid whitewater in Ohio. You need a lot of rain, but it can get way too high for mortal boaters. It has almost everything in a short, very committing box canyon or slot canyon. The river has been featured in some local waterfall guides, and the residents of Springfield all seem to know about the waterfall at the end. (It used to be a high school field trip location.)

The access points on this run do not list the put in. It is possible to get in right above the main action. However, most of this is on private land (and the owners are rich). After you find your best access point, the creek will start out with open uninteresting flat water, likely with at least a few downed trees. As it makes a hard turn and drops over some sliding ledges, you'll be just above the slot canyon. From this point onward, the river is constant class IV, with very little chance to scout or escape if there are trees in the rapids. At medium-to-higher flows the canyon is a very fast run with some extremely solid holes, very tight drops, and a few ledges. Swims will hurt, and if you have a long boat it is totally possible to pin it perpendicular to the river. The slot canyon ends with a great ledge drop into a big hole and and undercut. From there, it’s a short paddle to the take out.

Rapid Descriptions

The box canyon

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Directions Description

I don’t want to sound overly vague but this creek requires some local knowledge to get on and off safely without getting hit with a trespass charge. So the takeout is on National Rd (US 40). You want to get on above that and you can see that it’s a short run but if the access is not good it will need to be longer.

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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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1208601 03/22/18 Rob remove link to video, since it is embedded in Rapids description