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Difficulty III+(IV)
Length 1.25 Miles
Gauge N/A
Flow Range
Reach Info Last Updated 02/21/2007 9:09 pm

River Description

A tributary of the Litle Miami, Hall's Creek drops nearly 150 ft in about a mile and a quarter. Due to the amount of rain it takes to get this one going, most paddlers only run the lower part of this creek, dropping about 60 feet in a half mile. It starts with a ledge in the 8-9 foot range on the main (or east fork) and a seven foot drop coming in on the west fork. Within a hundred yards, the next ledge appears, and there are several other rapids just below that one with some more big, riverwide, irregular ledges from 4 to 7 feet. At good water levels there are play spots at the end of some of these rapids. As soon as you go under the next bridge, the creek really flattens out.

Currently, there is a bad strainer downstream and around the bend below the bridge, so the bridge would be a good takeout. A hundred yards below the strainer is the Morrow-Milgrove Road bridge and then the confluence with the Little Miami.

Halls Creek is located on Halls Creek Road and empties into the Little Miami River on river right, about 1 mile west (downstream) of Morrow, Ohio, and 2 miles upstream of South Lebanon, Ohio. Morrow-Milgrove Road runs alongside the Little Miami River from South Lebanon to Morrow.

Parking is an issue at this creek. There are a minimum of parking spots, especially at the put-in. Please respect the local property owners land and nature preserve land.

The road runs right alongside of the creek (you can scout 80% of the main run from your car while running a shuttle), But
Alternate shuttle:
If you happen to be there at the right time, and want to run the upper section (which is actually the west fork, not the main fork), just follow Hall's Creek Road up the hill and turn left onto Shawhan Road. The put-in is ahead 3/4 mile on the West Fork of Hall's Creek. Watch out for strainers.

Rapid Descriptions

Drainage areas:

Class - N/A Mile - 0
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W.Br. at put-in: 1.78 sq.mi.
W.Br. at confluence: 2.75 sq.mi.
Mainstem before confluence: 2.41 sq.mi.
Mainstem after confluence: 5.16 sq.mi.

East Fork Falls

Class - III+ Mile - 0.25

West Fork Falls

Class - III+ Mile - 0.26

This is an alterante access point/hike up falls.


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Mark Folta
6 years ago

The Locals aren't very friendly to kayakers. I checked with the Ohio DNR about running this nice creek that runs through a Nature preserve to discover it's allowable if you put in before the preserve - which is nearly impossible without trespassing. There is a nice wave where Halls Creek runs into the Little Miami that you can play on. Best river level is from 5.5 - 6.5'

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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.

Mark Branch


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1192932 02/21/07 Mark Branch