Grand - Harpersfield Dam (Route 534) to Hidden Valley (Route 528)


Grand, Ohio, US

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Harpersfield Dam (Route 534) to Hidden Valley (Route 528)

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 8 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Grand River near Painesville OH
usgs-04212100 2.80 - 4.50 ft I-II 01h19m 2.32 ft (too low)


River Description

The Harpersfield play spot is a ledge-drop type hole, with a wave to the right side and a hole to the left. There is an eddy in the middle. At higher water than 4 feet, the rest of the river develops some standing waves and crisp eddy lines, but not much in the way of rapids.

Directions: The closest major intersection is I-90 and SR 534. To get to the put-in/ playspot go South on 534 about 100 yds to the first road. After a stop sign, continue down a big, steep hill to the river. Also watch for signs for the covered bridge. The put-in is right below the bridge and if you can't find the playspot - you shouldn't be playing! It's RIGHT there.

*Currently (10/29/01) the west-bound entrance ramp onto 90 is closed for repair. There is an easy detour on River Rd. (the stop sign mentioned above). If you turn West, you will pass Ferrante Winery. Always worth a stop for some good food and drink. Eventually you will come to RT 528, and you can get on 90 from there.
StreamTeam Status: Verified
Last Updated: 2001-10-30 05:35:40

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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April 10 2017 (42 days ago)
Wablamo0821 (158987)
Boatable flows are about 100CFS+ - went at 90CFS, and it's just too low not to get stuck in spots.
Safe levels for beginner and novice paddlers is between 100CFS-1500CFS. Above 1500CFS a few spots
along the river require some intermediate paddling skills. In this particular run, there is a large
wave train that starts on a river right turn (approx 1.5miles from put-in) and continues through an
"S" style rapid with large waves. At high water (1500+CFS) these two unnamed rapids merge and
become one large 300-400yard wave train. Further down the river there are rapids that have large
waves at high water (.5miles upstream of Blair Rd to Blair Rd launch), after the Vrooman boat
launch once you go around the left turn, approx .5 mile after Rt 84 in Painesville, and near
Recreation Park).


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