Mad River, Ohio, US
|Usual Difficulty||II(III) (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||2 fpm|
|Max Gradient||10 fpm|
|Mad River near Dayton OH|
|usgs-03270000||700 - 3000 cfs||II(III)||21h37m||926 cfs (running)|
Mad River Run is a 4.0 mile stretch from Harshman Road to the confluence with the Great Miami
River. Shuttles can be arranged from Whitewater Warehouse, immediately North of the river at
Keowee Street. The river is heavily paddled throughout the summer months.
Access this stretch from Eastwood MetroPark (1385 Harshman Rd.). Best access for the full run is just inside the park on the right (near Harshman Road) where there is a changing area. However, most boaters will focus on park-and-play, driving 3/4 mile into Eastwood MetroPark to use the large parking lot (with restrooms) near the main whitewater feature. Access from river-right is also available with limited parking (1401 Harshman Rd.) from the lakeside of Eastwood MetroPark. Again, drive 3/4 mile inside the park to the parking area.
The drop is one element of the Mad River Run project, funded largely by a generous donation from the Rotary Club of Dayton. This was created just below what used to be known as “Bernie’s Hole”, which was formed by the 84” water main pipe that supplies a majority of the water for the city, which is now protected underwater by raising the water level (by the rock damming for the new feature which was created). When funding is acquired, three more drops will be constructed just downstream (no construction is expected in the near future).
There is a low water and higher water feature. The river-left feature is a friendly play wave and designed for surfing in ideal conditions between 300cfs -700cfs. Once the water reaches above 900cfs both eddies feeds strongly back into the river left drop. The river-right feature is designed for higher water and becomes playable around 1200cfs. Information is still being gathered about ideal flow rates. The right side is a tight play feature and seems to have strong eddies on both sides.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|0.9||Mad River Run Drop #1||II|
|1.6||Outside Curve Rapid||II|
|3.8||Mad River confluence w/ Great Miami River||N/A|
|3.9||RiverScape MetroPark Take Out||N/A|
Start from the center and work toward the river left side. A gravel bar/island which previously defined this rapid was mined out, and is now reforming back. Wood/strainers often catch on the banks on both sides.
A river-wide feature was constructed here late summer of 2013. River-left is a low water feature that creates a play wave from 300-2000 cfs. At higher water, a feature on river-right creates a tight hole good for loops, etc. There is a portage on the river right side.
Start from between the two right-most bridge abutments to ride small waves, working eddies and pourovers by the concrete revetment under the bikeway.
Head from center to river-right to ride the waves under the tree branches, then sweep into the eddy on the right.
Take-out at river-left, walk up the levee through RiverScape MetroPark to parking spots on Monument Ave in downtown Dayton.
Coming soon play features just below this take out will be two drops put in on the Great Miami River in downtown Dayton thanks to donations made by the community through the Downtown Dayton Partnership. For more information on RiverScape MetroPark visit www.metroparks.org.