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 the playspot is RIGHT there.
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).
The river is runnable at a broader range of flows. The range given is for the Harpersfield play spot (see below). 3.8-4.0 feet is the ideal level for the play spot.
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