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Difficulty I-II at this flow (II normally)
Length 4.2 Miles
Gauge Licking River bl Dillon Dam near Dillon Falls OH
Flow Range 4.00 - 9.50 FT
Flow Rate as of: 52 minutes ago 3.78 [FT] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 04/05/2020 3:52 am

River Description

Dillon Falls is a 1/4-mile, Class I-II rapid consisting of many 6-12" ledges, finishing with three ledges of 2ft, 3ft, and a river-left 4ft drop. The usual line is river-left.

The American Canoe Association holds Whitewater Rescue Recertification courses during the Spring, when releases of 1,900 CFS, or 7.0 ft on the USGS gauge, are scheduled. (Consult the ODNR web page for release dates).

At that level and higher, Dillon Falls becomes a legitimate Class III. Levels of 9.50 feet on the USGS gauge translates into a flow of 5,000+ CFS. This occurs several times a year after periods of heavy rain. The three aforementioned ledges produce very powerful river-wide hydraulics and paddlers should exercise good judgment.

Rapid Descriptions

Dillon Falls

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11 years ago

alot of fun in a 1/2 mile!

Gage Descriptions

Steve Kreim wrote:

Flows are controlled exclusively by outflow from the Huntington Corps of Engineers Dillon Dam. Refer to the Huntington District Lake Summary page on their home page for outflows, as the USGS gauge at Dillon Falls is measured by water level only, and not in CFS. Consider 230 CFS (4.0 ft on the USGS Dillon Falls gauge) to be the minimum runnable level, and 375 CFS (4.40 ft on the USGS Dillon Falls gauge) to be the minimum enjoyable level.

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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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