The Keel Haulers Canoe Club runs an Annual Down-River Race the last Sunday in March or first Sunday in April.
Put-in at the city Park in Birmingham and take-out in the Mill Hollow Lorain County Park.
Vermilion River Map
I run this stretch quite often, though I put in at the Garfield Road Crossing since I live just down the street and have permission to put in by the neighbors. It's a nice easy run that I can hit at moments notice since I live so close to the river. If you are a novice kayaker I would recommend running this between 3.5ft and 4.25ft with the middle of that range being the most fun. There is a decent stretch of rapids after the 113 crossing and just before the Dean Hollow Bridge. These are probably the only two sections that would be considered a light class II on a consistent basis at these levels. Otherwise the river is mostly pools with small drops that would considered class I-I+ in nature.
If the Vermilion gauge is not working, you can use the Huron River Gauge as an indicator since it is in the same watershed.
Huron River Level
Then use this calculator to estimate the Vermilion flow.
Vermilion level Calculator
Vermilion level must be at least -0.5 to navigate this section.
Vermilion USGS Gauge
Note: paddleable range is from 2.5' to 6' on the new gauge.
Permits are not required for this reach.
We have no additional detail on this route.
Use the map below to calculate how
to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.
Vermilion Race Starting position
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