Maumee - 2. Boat launch to I-475 bridge

Maumee, Ohio, US


2. Boat launch to I-475 bridge

Usual Difficulty I-II(III) (for normal flows)
Length 5.5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 9 fpm
Max Gradient 15 fpm

Nice ride

Nice ride
Photo of Jay Koontz by Jeff Totten taken 03/09/02 @ 6,000

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Maumee River at Waterville OH
usgs-04193500 4000 - 10000 cfs I-II(III) 00h29m 6010 cfs (running)

River Description

Maumee Rapids

This is a big wide river with small ledge type rapids and very few eddys. There are some nice surfing waves and a few side surfing holes. From the put in it starts out flat with Missionary Island on the right , when you get to the end of the Island go river right for some warm up surf waves.

Just down stream is Roche de Bout rapids, go river left of a big rock with a good wave, good eddy here.

Next Island run river left for what Tim Staley calls Million Dollar Wave, a river wide wave.

Watch for a nice play wave/hole on the far left by some big houses .

The biggest rapid Turkey Foot comes at the end of the run ,just up stream of the I- 475 bridge. You can park and play at this rapid with out a shuttle.The waves/holes can get fairly big and at 6500 the current is strong with no eddys.

Watch out for the fisherman on this run. It is a popular spot in the spring and they wade out in the river to fish. At the higher flows they can't get out as far so there is more room to paddle. I went there one time and the water was good but too many fisherman to paddle.

If you have any info that you would like to add please e-mail me and I will add it to this page.

The Sandusky River is fun and only 30 min. away.
The Upper Sandusky River at Tiffin is only 45 min. away and can be fun too.

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Last Updated: 2011-04-17 00:13:09


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