Rocky, W.Br., Ohio, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-III (for normal flows)|
|Rocky River near Berea OH|
|usgs-04201500||1000 - 3000 cfs||II-III||01h07m||~ 186 cfs (too low)|
Put-in at Sprague Road, just downstream of a dam. Two miles downstream, two more low-head dams
lie about a quarter-mile apart.
Keelhaulers River Rating - 17
ODNR -Boating on Ohio's Streams in Northeast OH
PADDLERS MUST CALL OLMSTED FALLS FIRE DEPARTMENT AT 440-235-3238 BEFORE PADDLING. Tell them the number of paddlers and your launch time.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|-0.1||Sprague Street Dam||N/A|
|2.4||Plum Creek Falls||N/A|
Upstream our listed put-in, it is (approximately) 14 river-miles to the prior listed section. While this intervening section of river might certainly be paddled, it has much less interest from a whitewater perspective than our two listed sections (I.E., it contains almost no true rapids). Much of that distance is very rural, but nearly 1.5 miles will be flanked by Columbia Hills Golf Club, and more than a quarter-mile (near the end) viewing the extensive greenhouses of Casa Verde Growers.
Just upstream of the put-in, a dam straddles the river behind Gibbs Butcher Block. Put-in is below this dam. (Note: Photo is at 900 cfs, and shows the rocks in various areas of the landing zone, as well as showing how uniform the boil-line is.
Downstream of Bagley Road, the stream swings a tad to the right, then sharply left. The river-left shore is lined with four extended buildings. As you near the end of the last building, the first dam looms.
This can be run far on the left or far right up to 2.75'. From 2.75' to 3.5', portage on river right from immediately above dam. Above 3.5', takeout just below Bagley Road to portage this dam.
Just downstream you'll pass under railroad tracks which have a center-river pier which tends to accumulate woody debris. Be careful!
The second low head dam is just a quarter-mile downstream, and lies just upstream of the Water Street bridge.
DO NOT run the main dam. A natural slide on river-left (right side of photo below) may be run at levels up to 3'.
Coming in from river-left just below the second dam, Plum Creek spills across a fine little falls.
A fairly large island splits the flow. River-right may carry the bulk of flow, and may have a fun wave-train as flow heads to where the currents rejoin.