Kokosing - Gambier to Walhonding River

Kokosing, Ohio, US


Gambier to Walhonding River

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 12 Miles

Millwood Ledge (200 cfs @ Mt. Vernon / 400 cfs @ Millwood)

Millwood Ledge (200 cfs @ Mt. Vernon / 400 cfs @ Millwood)
Photo of Seth and Chase Grimm taken 05/29/06 @ 400 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Kokosing River at Mount Vernon OH
usgs-03136500 150 - 3500 cfs I-II 00h37m 168 cfs (running)
Upper end of boatable flows uncertain. If you can help, please leave a comment or report.

River Description

This little stream can be paddled from Mt. Vernon, OH, down, but water is more likely below Gambier.

Steve Kreim relates that there are a couple of inaccuracies in Combs and Gillen's description: they omit Class II- Factory Rapid, and they get the location of a two-foot Class-I ledge wrong.

Rody Walter shared:

This is a great little stream for those central Ohio folk who are dying for a quick fix.

This section is best run from Millwood (intersection of 62 and 36) down to the bridge on 36 just past the sand factory. This is a 2 mile shuttle that is easily run by foot or bike...enjoy our environment, don't pollute!

The run has many great spots for teaching beginners while maintaining enough feature to keep the advance paddler interested. Although there are only three rapids in this three mile run, there are numerous waves, eddylines, and slide rocks to keep the interest flowing.

The first small rapid encountered is a 3' ledge moving left of some boulders. Great surfing here above 3'(bridge) with enders and squirts from the river right eddy.

Just downstream, the river narrows and bends to the left under some low hanging branches. Great squirt spot from the river right side...deep and fast due to the constriction.

Factory rapid is the next feature, a class 2 boulder rapid, it is best run on the far left around "munchie rock". This is the only passage available until the river reaches 5' on the bridge. The center and right is a pin magnate...scout on the right side. Above 5' on the bridge, fun boofs off "munchie" can be had and above 7' the river right side opens up a huge surf wave and hole...roll quick to avoid the trees down stream at this level.

The canyon section is next with great squirt lines and slide rocks for fun. An excellent place for swimming and jumping in the summer if you have enough water to scrape down. This section is an excellent moving water section to teach rolling with current. Have the bow rescue ready.

After some flat water (campground river right) and a minor class 1 riffle the river bends to the right at a large downstream ramping boulder with an auto eddy. The best squirts and cartwheels can be had at this seam.

Boulder hop through the last class 1 garden and take out on river left under the 36 bridge. Hope you saved some energy...the hike up reminds me of the middle meadow!

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Last Updated: 2011-04-17 00:10:15

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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November 18 2011 (2618 days ago)
tom kaylorDetails
I ran a short section from Millwood to Honey Run Falls park slightly more than one mile at 450 cfs
and rising (Mt. Vernon gauge) Factory Rapid is still no more than Class II and there are a few easy
surfing waves elsewhere. I do not know how the other posters determined the flow nearly doubles at
Millwood since there is no gauge here. There are tributaries that do add to the flow just not
doubling the volume? Running a bike shuttle from Honey Run back to Millwood is much easier and
safer on the secondary road than US 36. While this section is OK for a solitary paddler a group
would probably do well to paddle from the Pipesville access to Riley Chapel takeout. This is an
Ohio Scenic River Trail but don't expect too much. Certainly suitable for Rec. kayaks. (rolyak)