Rocky Branch - Box canyon

Rocky Branch, Ohio, US


Box canyon

Usual Difficulty IV+ (for normal flows)
Length 1 Miles

River Description

This little creek is possibly one of the best solid whitewater in Ohio.  You need a lot of rain but I have also seen it way too high for mortal boaters.  It has almost everything in a short very committing box canyon or slot canyon. The river is well 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 show the best top put in. You can get in right above the main action. Most of this is in private land and the owners are rich. After you find out the best access point that is open the creek will start out with some open very uninteresting flat water with a few downed trees. Once it makes a hard turn and drops over some sliding ledges you are just above the slot canyon. At this point forward the river is constant class IV with very little chance to scout or escape if there were 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 do hurt and if you have a long boat it is totally possible to pin it perpendicular to the river. Just as the whole slot canyon starts with a sudden solid rapid it ends with a great ledge drop into a big hole and and undercut. From here it’s a short paddle to the take out. There are plenty of good videos hidden out there. Here is one example.

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Last Updated: 2017-12-18 15:38:28

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0The box canyonIVPutin Takeout Waterfall Playspot

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