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Difficulty II-III
Length 4 Miles
Gauge Rocky River near Berea OH
Flow Range 1000 - 5000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 2 days ago ~ 41.1 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 08/31/2013 11:45 am

River Description

This is a great play run for those of us who live nearby. There are lots of surf waves mixed in with the occasional hole, and the scenery and water quality are good.

There're lots of strainers on this run (at least 2 portages). So be on the alert!

Rapid Descriptions


Class - Mile - 0
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The putin is located on Nichols road. There is a small pull-off big enough for two cars. You can park and unload here.

log cabin rapids

Class - II+ Mile - 0.3
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After some warm up rapids, you come to log cabin rapids. There is a ledge at the top, that has a surf wave on river left. At the bottom underneath the bridge, there is a 3 foot ledge with a ugly hole. Run this left, or extreme right.

Terror Rapids

Class - III Mile - 3
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This is the best rapid on the run. Prior to the drop, there is about 300 yards of playful surfing waves. When you see the bridge, catch an eddy on river right. From here you can boat scout the rapid. Directly under the bridge, there is 6 ft slide. At lower levels, it is save to run it anywhere, but at higher levels there is a river wide hole. You can run it either extreme left or right. At the bottom there is an intimidating but playful hole with eddy service.

Take out

Class - Mile - 5
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The Take out is located on Granger road. Take out above the dam, and walk accross the road to the parking lot. There is a park across from the water treatment plant that has plenty of parking.


Gage Descriptions

This one needs lots of rain to come up.
Check the AFWS to see what's been going on. Stations 8168 and 8166 should be the most relevant.

There is a gauge painted on the putin bridge

Min suggested level: -6 in
Max suggested level: 3 ft

Directions Description

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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.

Matt Muir


jonathan bachtel


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1202632 08/31/13 Matt Muir Corrected river name.
1189951 06/21/04 jonathan bachtel n/a
1197459 03/28/10 Matt Muir Added indicator gauge and photo.