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Difficulty I(II)
Length 8 Miles
Gauge Vermilion River near Vermilion OH
Flow Range 2.55 - 6.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 39 minutes ago 2.07 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 09/06/2017 10:11 am

River Description

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

Rapid Descriptions


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Cameron Loosli
9 years ago

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.

Gage Descriptions

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.

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.

John Kobak




Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1206445 05/20/16 John Kobak
1208259 09/06/17 Rob reset coords (which were considerably off)
1192929 01/06/06 John Kobak n/a