Caesar Creek, Ohio, US
Caesar Creek Lake to Little Miami River
||II (varies with level)
surfin' in the cold
surfin' in the coldPhoto by Ron M
Caesar Creek near Wellman OH
6.50 - 10.00 ft
High boatable flow. Flow is regulated by dam immediately above putin/gauge location (239 sq.mi. drainage).
Gwen English provides (2004-08-30 11:50:19):
To the putin: From Waynesville, take Route 73 east, crossing Route 42. Turn right onto
Clarksville Road, turn right into the "gorge". If you cross over the dam, you've
gone too far.
From the putin to the takeout: Come back up out of the "gorge", turn left onto
Clarksville Road, turn left onto Middletown Road (before you get back to Route 73)and follow it
down the hill where it dead-ends at Corwin Road. Turn left onto Corwin Road. After crossing
Caesar Creek (the bridge is the takeout), turn left into a park/parking area and park there.
I would call this no more than a low class II, but it is a fun run. The only thing to watch out
for is possible strainers and low-hanging branches.
Low water runs are possible at a little over 6' on the gauge at which the river is an easy
class 2. There is some easy play and quit a few good spots for beginner whitewater boaters to
practice ferries, eddy turns, and such. At higher levels (9'+) many of the features wash out
and some decent sized wave trains appear. At flood levels even the wave trains start to wash out
and thoughts of swimming start to look pretty ugly due to the push of water into the trees.
Be careful of strainers especially near the take out bridge.
Scenery is quite nice through the entire run and the water quality is decent as it spills from
the bottom of Caesar Creek lake. You'll see lots of fishermen on low water days so please
give them room. Typically they are only on the first and last 1/2 mile or so of the river.
Ron Metzger (5/15/19)
The following video shows a typical run of this stretch at 7.5 feet on the gauge, a good level
for easy play.
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Last Updated: 2013-12-26 14:17:00