Ed Evangelidi testifies:
This creek loses gradient as it heads downstream, and it has generally harder rapids in the upper PA Rte. So from its headwaters to below Rte. 231 is a fast-paced set of Cl 2+ rapids with occasional low water bridges and strainers. Below that to Rte. 29 are some nice rapids but they are much more spaced out and the creek is a bit wider. Below US 29 the creek is flatter still. The mild rapids in the upper parts get vicious, with hungry hydraulics, at very high water.
I have run this section countless times in the last 4 years with my brothers, dad , a few friends and always enjoy it. Living in madison this river is practicly in my backyard. the normal putin is at the criglersville ford/low water crossing, but at higher levels we putin at the 231 643 bridge. the upper section has some great class II and a few III rapids with a handfull of nice playspots. after you go under the 231 bridge , the river starts to drop a little quicker. after you go over the low dam (2 ft) that is along side a road(cant remeber the name) the best section on the river is coming soon. At a high enough water level it is a definite class III section and is a very enjoyable run. there are three main rapids, the first is a few standing waves and one hole on river right, next the river turns to the right and there is a 3 stage drop that totals around 5 ft. run starting river right across to river left. after a nice pool is the third drop that offers some nice surfing at most any water level. below there the river smooths out to a nice class II river and meanders down through hebron valley to route 29. there is a few strainers throughout the route, but there is always a route around them and portage is not necessary. recomend for anyone wanting a nice scenic trip through madison county =)
2 October 2004: Ran the river at 2.58 ft in solo dagger canoe, with my daughter, Rozalyn, in her kayak. Put in at 670 bridge, near Syria and ran to the Route 29 bridge. Water was just too low to put in above that at this level. At the bridge, the Rose river joins the Robinson and adds volume. Good run, with moderate Class II's. Alittle ways below the Route 231 bridge, I found a respectable whole on river right just below a ledge. I should say, the hole found me! It sucked my 14 foot Dagger canoe back into it after dropping the ledge, and just wouldn't let go. It spun me around a couple of times, and, after sideslipping right and then back to the left, I managed to pull out of it on the weaker left side of the hole. This was a real keeper, and quite astonishing to find this sort of hole on this river. A really exciting, but unexpected experience!
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